Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial
An Easter Tradition
It has been a long-standing tradition at our house for the Easter Bunny to leave a chalk drawing in the driveway. The kids would find this surprise first thing Easter morning, as we left for church. That silly bunny always manages to hop through the drawing leaving his colored footprints behind, as he hops up to the house and away again.
I hadn’t done a drawing in years; but last year, Luke’s two grandnieces where coming for Easter dinner. That meant our tradition had to be resurrected–and this time I was recruiting some help. So, after everything was ready inside the house, Rory and I put on our figurative bunny ears and hopped on out to the driveway–armed and dangerous with sidewalk chalk.
Here are the Steps to Creating Your Own Chalk Art:
- Decide on your Design.
I found my inspiration for the drawing online…
- Draw the basic Outline for your Design.
You can see that I used white chalk to draw my outline. You can use a different color, but be sure that you will be able to blend it into your design. Try to keep the outline as light as possible.
- Draw in the Details for the specific area in which you are working.
- Color in the Design.
Use lighter and darker colors to create shadows and depth to your drawing. Mix colors to make new colors.
- Take your Chalk work from Drawing to Art.
This step will transform your drawing into a work of art! It will also give it some real lasting power. Use water and paint brush to wet down the chalk. Paint over the chalk, filling in any missing areas created from the rough canvas. Be careful NOT to mix your colors, unless you intend to do so. This will create a painted type of artwork versus the rough and grainy look of a regular sidewalk chalk drawing. As you paint over the chalk with water, your colors will darken and change, do not worry, they will dry and be beautiful.
Notice how vibrant and solid the colors of the painted bunny look.
Here are Some Additional Tips:
- Wear Disposable Gloves while you work. This will keep your hands cleaner, and not dry out your skin. They also change easily when they get dirty.
- A Kneeling Pad is your best friend!
- Have a Towel or Rag for leaning your hand on. This will help keep you from getting “road rash” from leaning heavily on the concrete.
- Paper Towels will come in handy.
- Use different cups of water for differing colors, so you don’t muddy the colors of your creation.
A couple of sample photos will show you the different types of sidewalk chalk art.. Be sure to notice the color layering for depth and interest, as well as the rough and smooth textures. One sample is a regular chalk drawing, while the other has been water painted.
I hope you have enjoyed this little tutorial. Now, go have some fun creating Sidewalk Chalk Art.
Have you ever created any Sidewalk Chalk Art?
Did you paint your drawing with water?
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36 thoughts on “Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial”
You two are very artistic, for sure! My kids always loved sidewalk art, or wherever there was room ;). How fun!
What a WONDERFUL tradition! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures
How cute! You are very talented! Also, what a fun tradition of chalk on Easter. Sadly, I’m in Michigan and we usually have indoor egg hunts since the weather rarely cooperates for early morning fun 🙁
Wow! Those are amazing! You have some serious talent!
Oh my gosh, this is so neat! I’ve never heard of such a thing! I am a horrible artist, but with your tips and step by step instructions, even I could probably handle a cross or something simple. Thanks for the cool idea, my girls love it!
Please, please, please come to my house and do this same design! 🙂 You are such an artist! I don’t think mine would look near as good as yours does. I’m in love with that rabbit! Awesome work, Lorelai!
This is SUCH a great idea!!! I’m adding it to my stash of “cool traditions to start when we have kids”! But I can guarantee that mine will not look as good as this LOL
It is a really fun tradition. 🙂
What a great tradition…. So creative. How long did it take you?
It took us about four hours, but we had a GREAT time! And the littles were so excited–made it worth every minute. 🙂
We have a local sidewalk chalk festival we attend every year and have tried this there!
Oh, how cool is that! What a fun event.
I’m sorry did you use actual paint ? I didn’t get that part. If you did, which paint? And how did you wash it off?
It’s come out great! I’ve been making chalk designs since I was a kid, it was a LOT easier and more creative then than it is now!
No paint, just sidewalk chalk. You paint over the chalk with water, and it sets the chalk and makes it last longer. It will eventually wash away with rain.
WOW!!! What a great bunny art Lorelai !! I love it !! You are a great artist !!! I also love the tradition !!How fun.
This is just TOO COOL!
What a fun tradition. Your rabbit is gorgeous! I’m sure that your and Rory had fun even though it looks like a lot of work. I know the children enjoyed it.
Oh my how cute, you are so creative. Thank you Lorelai for sharing this week!!
I have Pinned your banner!
Have a great week, Karren
Thanks, Karren, we sure have fun!
Wow that’s amazing! I love sidewalk chalk but the hubby hated when I used to buy it for the kids. He hated washing down the entire back patio…lol. Maybe if we created something artistic like this he wouldn’t mind 🙂
Thanks, Erlene. We have so much fun. Hopefully hubby will let you and the kids go for it! 🙂
I LOVe this Easter tradition Lorelai Pinned and shared
This is a wonderful tradition!! Totally new to me 🙂
This is adorable! What amazing talent you have! #HomeMattersParty
As someone who can’t draw at all this is really impressive! What a fun tradition. Thanks for linking up at the Home Matters Link Party! #HomeMattersParty
Your Easter Bunny drawing is AMAZING! You are so good at drawing! Thank you for sharing those really cool tips about sidewalk chalk drawings to turn them into art. I had no idea. I want to give this a try, my kids would love an Easter drawing. Mine won’t be nearly as fab as yours, but it will be fun. Thanks for sharing your Easter tradition. I love it! #HomeMattersParty
Wow – what a great piece of art!! Glad you recreated your tradition and I’m sure your nieces loved it. #HomeMattersParty
I remember this! I was talking about this to my husband recently! So cute bunny, Lorelai. #HomeMattersParty
This is such a fun idea!! The kids must have loved making that each year! #homemattersparty
Actually, it was always a surprise for the kids, which they LOVED. This was the first year Rory helped. It is a super fun tradition. 🙂