How to Paint a Chalkboard Thought Cloud in a Kid's Room

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A child's room is a great place to let your decorating imagination run wild and to inspire the creative mind of the little one who lives there. Chalkboard paint is an easy and inexpensive way to bring a whimsical element to a child's room. Children are usually uninhibited and free-spirited; and the chalkboard thought cloud allows a child to freely express herself by changing the words or drawings to fit her mood or fancy.

(Image: Chalboard Thought Bubble Complete)
(Image: Chlakboard Bubble Supples)

Things You'll Need

  • 1-inch or 2-inch angled brush (in this case, a 2-inch brush was used)
  • Chalkboard paint
  • A piece of chalk
  • Drop cloth (optional)

Step 1: Outline Your Design

Once you gather your supplies, the next step is to lay out your plan. Chalk is perfect for drawing your design on the wall first since it can be easily cleaned off when complete or when mistakes are made. With a thought cloud, you can create a rounded or more cloud shaped bubble. This design was made with a rounded cloud, but it can be adjusted to suit your needs, or even be made into a conversation bubble instead.

(Image: chalk outline of thought bubble)

Step 2: Begin Painting

Start by painting the outer edge of the biggest bubble of the cloud, using the angle of the brush to follow the line. You can wipe the excess from the brush right into the center of the cloud, but be sure to smooth it out to avoid drip marks. If you are unsure of your steady hand and painting skills, a drop cloth would be a wise idea at this point in the process.

(Image: Chalk Bubble Outline)

Step 3: Fill in the Cloud

Continue by filling in the rest of the large cloud and the small bubbles, repeating the process for the smaller portions. After one coat, it will look good, but a second coat is a must!

(Image: Thought Bubble first coat)

A second coat will provide more durability and, if you look closely, you can see the white of the wall through the paint of just one coat. The second coat will solidify your black so their is no translucency.

(Image: Chalk Bubble up close first coat)

Step 4: Allow the Cloud Dry, Then Cure It

When you are done painting the thought cloud entirely, allow it to dry for 24 hours. Once it dries, cure it by rubbing chalk all over it and then wiping it off. Then you are free to let your imagination run wild! Let your child write their own words, draw pictures, or use quotes from movies and books that inspire them.

(Image: How to Paint a Chalkboard Thought Bubble)
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