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Let’s Play with Sandpaper to Make a Faux Chalk Drawing

Video tutorial using sandpaper to make a smudge proof faux chalk drawing for the weekly Let's Play link partyThe hardware store is full of potential art supplies that can encourage play. In this week’s Let’s Play video, the kindergartner in me came out to play. Which isn’t surprising because in the store, as I walked past the sandpaper, I just had to touch it.

Video tutorial using sandpaper to make a smudge proof faux chalk drawing for the weekly Let's Play link partyThat sandpaper got me thinking about chalkboard art…I love the look of chalk but hate dealing with the smearing.  So I wondered if I could use sandpaper to create non smearing faux chalk art?  The answer is yes!



Video tutorial using sandpaper to make a smudge proof faux chalk drawing for the weekly Let's Play link partyHow does the hardware store help me play?  There is no wrong way to use it because I am already using it in a way that wasn’t intended by the manufacturer.  As I played, my inner my inner kindergartner took over and just wouldn’t let me stop using crayons!



Watch How to Make a Faux Chalk Drawing with Sandpaper in an Art Journal on YouTube.

Now you’ve seen my play for this week, would love to see yours!  Link up whatever you’ve been creating in the link party below!

Supplies Used: Kindergarten Writing stencil, sandpaper from the hardware store, black acrylic paint, crayola crayons, and a dye based ink pad.  
Let's Play March all about finding your art supplies at the hardwares store plus a weekly link party!This month’s giveaway is a $50 gift certificate to Walmart.com
because you can find all sorts of non art supplies there that work wonderfully for art play!  Link up what you’re creating (and you get a bonus entry into the giveaway for sharing your play) or leave a comment telling something that you liked about one of the photos shared. One comment per person but you can link up to 3 images of your play each week!  Giveaway closes Monday, April 4th at 8am EST.

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  • Zsuzsa Karoly-Smith March 22, 2016, 6:12 am

    I would have never thought of using sandpaper this way! Super creative!

  • D.Ann C March 22, 2016, 9:39 am

    Neat! I’ve used sandpaper as a sandy beach and for distressing, but would never have thought to use it this way. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Becky March 22, 2016, 12:33 pm

    I believe crayola also makes a crayon designed for darker backgrounds, think they were called construction paper crayons? Might pop a bit more than the standard ones…

  • Sara Thompson March 22, 2016, 1:39 pm

    I buy sandpaper from the dollar store. I think you get 10 pages for $1. It’s really thin cheap sandpaper and awful to use as sandpaper but I don’t mind using it for crafting. It makes such fun textures. In fact I often shop in the hardware section of the dollar store for craft supplies. So much fun. Think I’ll try painting it next time.

  • corrine March 22, 2016, 3:16 pm

    I bet this would even work with our used up sheets of sandpaper, why waste a resource. I find one in the barn and give it a try. Of course we always have crayons around. Love the ink pad through the stencil, I like less messy sometimes and it’s a great controlled use of color. Bravo buddy. Like this play. xox

  • Maria McGuire March 22, 2016, 6:26 pm

    This is pretty darn AMAZING!

  • Jean marmo March 23, 2016, 5:15 pm

    So very clever.

  • Sandee Setliff March 26, 2016, 1:56 pm

    Definitely going to have to try painting on sandpaper, never in a million years would I have thought to do that!