How to Make Your Own Chalk Paint for Street Painting

Street paintings are done on massive surfaces; they require hours of hard work and dedication and some great supplies. With pavement as the canvas and chalk as the tool, it is important that the chalk is of the highest quality and the color is to your liking. It is possible to create your own chalk paint at home with a few items that can be purchased at a local hardware store or online.

To begin, you can select one of options as the base of your chalk paint. You can purchase chalk, which is also known as Calcium Carbonate. There is also whiting powder, which looks similar to chalk. Lastly, Plaster of Paris is also a great product for a base. Any one of these three products will be a great base for your chalk.

The next step is to add the product of your choosing to latex paint. The less latex paint you use, the chalkier the paint will look. A good ratio to begin with is 2/3 of the mixture is latex paint and the remaining third is the chalky product. Feel free to adjust this according to your specific needs. If the paint is too thick, you may need to add a few drops of water.

Lastly, it is time to create your custom color. For this part, you will need food coloring. Gradually add a few drops of food coloring to your paint mixture. How much and what color (or colors) is entirely up to you based on what color you would like to make and how dark you would like it to be.

If you want some professionally done street art, contact Michael W. Kirby. Michael William Kirby is a leading public artist and street painter from Baltimore, MD, USA. He has nearly 20 years of experience creating permanent and temporary public art pieces around the world.



Michael Kirby has worked for such clients as the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, Honda, McDonalds, Carnival Cruise Ships and been featured on the David Letterman Show, Ace of Cakes, BBC, Good Morning America, Il Tempo, Venezia Gazatte, Informador, and others. Michael Kirby is considered a leader in this rising art form and an originator of the 3D look.

The majority of his permanent public art pieces are in the Mid Atlantic region of the United States which includes the states of Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Washington DC. He has also developed original techniques using fiber cement in his work so that his 2D visual public art pieces can be shipped and installed in locations around the world.

To commission a street painting, or for more information about the work of Michael Kirby, please visit our website, or email

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