Create Beautiful Pastel Art with Milk and Chalk

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Impressionism broke all the of traditional rules of painting by using bright splashes of color, quick dashes of paintbrush and chalk. This particular wet chalk painting technique turns chalk into a creamy medium by using the pastels on a piece of cloth that has been soaked in milk. The milk works as a sealing agent yielding paint on canvas like results.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Things You'll Need

  • 12-inch piece of cloth with a rough weave, such as canvas or muslin 
  • Milk 
  • Chalk pastels
  • Scrap paper or plastic bag to cover working surface
  • Aluminum foil
  • Iron

Step 1

Cover your working surface with scrap paper or plastic bag and place the cloth on a tray or in a shallow dish.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 2

Pour milk all over cloth and allow to soak for 3 to 5 minutes.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 3

Remove the cloth from the tray and place directly onto your working surface.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 4

Using chalk pastels, draw your desired picture or design onto the wet cloth.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

Tip

  • Keep a small bowl of milk close by and dip the chalk into the milk and use on areas that might be drying. Alternatively, you can place some milk in a spray bottle and spray the surface as it dries.

Step 5

If you wish, you can use the tip of your finger to blend chalk into cloth.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 6

Place the finished piece on top of scrap paper and place both onto an ironing board.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 7

Pre-heat iron to the 'wool' setting and place a piece of foil over the painting and press the iron over foil. As the cloth dries, the milk will serve a sealant.

(Image: Lucy Akins)

Step 8

Continue ironing until the cloth is dry.

(Image: Lucy Akins)
(Image: Lucy Akins)

Enjoy your finished art by framing it and hanging on the wall, or use it to cover a book.

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