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Re: Sidewalk Chalk

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Maahmaah (Maahmaah)
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 01:11:51 EDT

Hey Mellissa,

I am replying to you through the list because your address came back as having
permanent fatal errors. Hope you get this.


In a message dated 98-04-20 19:21:24 EDT, you write:
<< I'm an Art Education major at The Universtity of Toledo. I am
interested in knowing a good way to make sidewalk chalk. With summer
coming it's a great way to have a little fun and be creative at the
same time. >>

Hi, Mellisa,
I am reading this post late so you might already have gotten this recipe but
just in case you haven't....
I make chalk with kids of all ages and they love it!

Plaster of paris (bought at hardware store, craft store, etc.)
Powder paint pigment
cup (paper cup, or if you want to recycle use [and Re-use!] a yogurt cup-like
Columbo brand)
popsicle sticks for mixing

Scoop out about 1/3 cup full of powder plaster (make sure the kids don't
breath in the dust!)
Add a spoonful or so of paint pigment. (This is great for color theory at
many levels.)
Add enough water (a little bit at a time) to mix. Should be the consistancy
of thick cake batter.)
Wait about 15 minutes (or until hard to the touch). Turn cup over and bang
against ground. Chalk should pop out. (If you're using paper cups they can
peel paper away from hardened chalk.)

This is the easiest, the cheapest, and the most successful recipe for sidewalk
chalk that I know of.
Good luck and happy drawing!