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How to Make Your Own Chalkboard

Ever need to write a quick note and can’t find a pen? Have you ever wanted to label something, like a box of art supplies, in a unique, fun way? Have you ever wanted to draw all over the walls without getting in trouble? Chalkboards aren’t just useful in the classroom, you can use a chalkboard all sorts of places.

There is black chalkboard paint that you can find at most craft stores and use on walls and jars and boxes and even just boards. This stuff is really great for large surfaces, like a living room wall. But you can also make your own chalkboard paint and when you make your own you can make it your own color!

Supplies:

  • 1/2 cup acrylic paint, color of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon unsanded grout (you can find this at hardware or home improvement stores)
  • mixing bowl (not to be reused for food)
  • spoon or paint stirrer
  • paint brush
  • an object you plan to paint on
  • [kwlink_27131]Chalk[/kwlink]

Instructions:

  1. Pour the ½ cup acrylic paint and 1 tablespoon unsanded grout into the mixing bowl. The unsanded grout is a fine powder and can be dangerous if inhaled. Make sure to work outside or in an airy indoor space.
  2. Stir the grout and paint until it has a smooth consistency. The paint will begin to harden once it is mixed, so work with a quick pace and only mix as much as you think you’ll need. This paint will not store.
  3. Paint the surface of the object you want to make into a chalkboard. This can be anything from wood to plaster to glass.
  4. Let the chalk paint fully dry. Give it a couple hours.
  5. With paint now dry, slate the surface of your chalkboard. To do this carefully rub chalk across the surface and then lightly rub it off.
  6. Use your chalkboard and chalk to write messages, labels things or draw fun pictures!

There are lots of places where a chalkboard can be handy. Desks and kitchens are good places to make notes to yourself or family. Another good spot is flower pots that need to be labeled with the herb of flower that is in them. You can always frame a chalkboard and put it up in your locker at school. There are lots of possibilities!

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Can you imagine a great spot for a chalkboard? Share your imaginings in the comments section below.

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Alphabet chalkboard

How was class taught before there were chalkboards in classrooms?

  • There were whiteboards. Duh.
  • There wasn't any school.
  • Every student would have a slate to write their lessons on and the teacher would just talk.
  • Students would write on the walls of a the classroom.

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PerksBeingABookworm
photo:6446529  [ photo:6446529] (I tried both, one without brackets and one with as an experiment) The bracket won't go without a space though Doesn't seem to be working but I hoped this helped? Ha ha 
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rainbowpoptart
rainbowpoptart posted in Random:
Sure thing. EDIT: Erm, I don't know if that's what that's supposed to be, lol. 
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PerksBeingABookworm
"Tennis123" wrote: "PerksBeingABookworm" wrote: Yeah. It’s not really something I’d ever partake in but I’m not going to denigrate people for doing it either. Unless you’re drawing out the animal’s death, wasting the potential resources it offers, or it’s an endangered species. Like with white tail deer, they’re already over populated, culling the population a little would help the ecosystem more than it would harm it. Just have respect for the life of the animal. Why isn’t the killing of the animal the issue for you? You say “have respect for the life of the animal” but you can’t do that while simultaneously killing said animal. If someone thinks it’s ok to kill the animal, they must have a difference between the animal and a human that justifies the killing. And if the difference was applied to a human, they must also accept killing them, otherwise it’s a contradiction. With all due respect, I believe it is possible. When I say "have respect for the life of the animal," I mean you should respect the fact that you are potentially taking a life, and that action should be justified. The killing of an animal isn't an issue for me if it is justified and absolutely necessary.  And yes, there is a difference between animals and humans. While we too are animals, we are significantly more developed intellectually and biologically in comparison to the majority of other species. This is a fact, and it's why many of us are so comfortable with killing wild animals-we feel disconnected to them except in certain cases, such as species like dolphins, apes, horses, and dogs. Does that mean we should value the lives of animals any less? No. But while animals are by nature more primal, that doesn't negate the fact that if they have proven to be a legitimate threat to the ecosystem and/or society, there shouldn't be an issue with killing them (ex. rabid animals beyond help). This isn't solely limited to animals either, you can see it in our own human society in many ways. For instance, our society executes people who have committed atrocities of the highest level, but we still value human life. 
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Pokmon
Pokmon posted in Random:
Hi! If you're reading this, could you please type in: photo:6446529 but add [ to the beginning and ] to the end (no spaces)? Thank you! This is an image embed test, if you're curious (seeing if anyone can use images that I upload around the forums) not sure where this went, so I put it in general :P
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Ivie96
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Its so cool that there are other new people here too! Id love to be friends!
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