Several months ago Prima Marketing sent me a box full of goodies. Included in the box were several jars of this stuff …
It sure does come in some pretty colors. This pale blush pink is called Hubbard Squash.
And it has the most deliciously creamy, thick consistency, sort of makes me want to spread it on a cake. But I’m pretty sure that’s not what it’s for.
So I wondered, what exactly is this stuff?
I’d never heard of chalk paste and had no idea what to do with it. So I did some googling and it seems to be a sort of cross between chalk paint and a texture paste. I found that a popular option is to use it with a stencil to create a raised design.
It was time to do some experimenting.
I happened to have this pair of oval wooden plaque thingies that my picker found at a garage sale for 25 cents each. Perfect for experimenting.
Experiment no. 1 – I painted the oval in a pale blush color that sort of matched the Hubbard Squash chalk paste. Then I pulled out Prima’s Lenore Corners raised stencil which is .04″ deep. These thicker stencils are perfect for this technique.
Next I used a putty knife to smooth the Hubbard Squash chalk paste over the stencil. I made sure that the openings in the stencil were fairly uniformly filled in with the paste and then pulled the stencil away.
I let the chalk paste dry overnight to be sure it was good and set up. Then I sanded it lightly to smooth out any rough edges.
Next I pulled out some of Prima Marketing’s Decor Wax in a color called Diamond Dust. The Diamond Dust is a pale, iridescent gold. I used a q-tip to lightly apply it just to the raised sections of the stenciled chalk paste.
It accented the raised stencil just enough and I thought this might be a very pretty look on the right piece of furniture.
Experiment no. 2 – For the 2nd oval I painted the base in a medium shade of greige and then used the off-white Vintage Lace chalk paste with Prima Marketing’s Madelia Gardens stencil.
In this case there is more of a contrast between the color of the base coat of paint and the color of the chalk paste. As you can see, I did get some seepage from the chalk paste under my stencil. I didn’t especially like the look of that, so after sanding the dried chalk paste to smooth it out, I painted over the entire oval with some Dixie Belle paint in Drop Cloth which improved the look. Then I added a segment of Prima Marketing’s Endless Story transfer to the remainder of the oval.
From this experiment I concluded that chalk paste stenciled over a contrasting color of paint is probably not a good look for me. The look of that seepage under the stencil is too messy for me. However, I really like the subtlety of a uniform color over the entire thing.
Experiment no. 3 – I pulled out the last two wooden plates I had from Prima Marketing for a third experiment. This time I first painted the plates using Dixie Belle’s Gravel Road. Then I used the Iron Gate chalk paste, which is a dark charcoal grey similar to the Gravel Road.
Again, once the chalk paste had set up, I sanded it to smooth out any rough spots. Then I painted over the whole plate with Dixie Belle’s Vintage Duck Egg. Once that was dry I sanded it back to reveal some of the original color of the Iron Gate chalk paste.
As you can see, each of these techniques gives a slightly different look. None of them are right are wrong, it just depends on the look you like.
I can’t really say I have a favorite, although I tend to prefer more subtle looks like the white paint over the white chalk paste. It’s just enough to provide a hint of texture without being too much.
How about you? Which one is your favorite? And have you ever tried chalk paste? If so, what did you do with it. I’d love to know, so be sure to leave a comment.
Thank you to Prima Marketing and Dixie Belle Paint Co for providing the products used for these projects.