Street Art Chalk Painting

At various locations on our book tour we will be popping up in public spaces with sidewalk chalk paint!


I experimented in Oakland this weekend and it was a huge success!


It is so easy and fun! And it washes off!

Here’s the recipe:


  • 2 Tbsp Chalk dust
  • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • Squirt of dish soap.


  1. Divide chalk into piles of like colors.
  2. Using a mortar and pestle (or a smaller bowl inside a big bowl) crush the chalk into a fine powder.
  3. Whisk the cornstarch into the water slowly to avoid clumping.
  4. Whisk the chalk dust into the water & cornstarch mixture.
  5. Mix in the dish soap.
  6. Volia! You have chalk paint!


  1. The ingredients separate over time so use a container with a tight fitting lid and shake vigorously to recombine.
  2. For thicker paint add more cornstarch.
  3. Some websites encourage using tempera paint, in an early test we found that it does not wash off the pavement.

XO, Lauren




Author: artesinmiedo

This blog is about female street artists around the world. It's based on the book Women Street Artists of Latin America: Art without Fear/ Grafiteras y Muralistas de América Latina: Arte sin Miedo, a bilingual art book published by Manic D Press.

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