Projects With Chalk & Black Paper

Written by angelique de la morreaux
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Frame your projects made with chalk and black paper and hang them on the wall. The use of this media opens up endless possibilities as you recreate your own pictures from existing ones, or design new ones to match your decor. Your creativity shines through as you vary techniques of the chalk and allow the black paper to delineate the shapes inside.

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Starry Night

Replicate Van Gogh's Starry Night on black paper with chalk. Pull out your blue, yellow and white chalks as you create swirling lines reminiscent of broad paint strokes. Create the black structure that dominates the picture by using your chalk to outline the areas surrounding it. Use a similar technique for the mountains, home and city shapes. Draw the orange-yellow crescent moon and run yellow chalk circles around it, allowing the black paper to peak through. Swipe the blue chalk across the sky while you combine areas with white, highlighting sections of the black paper. Use curves, swirls and wavy stokes with the chalk, as it is the movement that makes this picture memorable.


You can use the black paper and change the colour of the chalk by using your finger and light strokes. Try the blending technique as you make a rainbow. Chalk the colours over the black paper leaving space between the colours. Bring the colour from one section toward the other as you mix the colours together using one finger. Or create a garden against a black wall, as you draw the flowers and blend the green chalk with brown chalk or with the black paper for the leaves, stems, and grass. Design a rose by using the black paper to outline the shapes of the petals as you blend the reds, pinks and whites for the flower. Blending chalk allows you to create new colours and add shading to your picture.

Different Techniques

Combine the chalk and black paper with different art media to come up with other effects. Outline the shapes of a picture with white glue and use the chalk to draw inside the shapes, or allow the black paper to become the shapes as you emphasise the black with the chalk lines. Transform the chalk into a paint-like substance by running a damp cloth over sections of the paper before drawing your design with chalk. Remember to use the blending technique. You can also use your stamps with the chalk and black paper as you apply a clear ink to the stamp and colour it over with the chalk. Spray all pictures with hairspray to set the picture and keep chalk from disappearing over time.

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