5 Easy Art Projects: Inky Chalky Drawings

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5 really easy and cool art projects for kids

It’s day 2 of easy art projects, (day 1 is Dotty Marker Drawings) and today we’ve got chalk pastel drawings on ink-covered paper. I know that’s a mouthful, but it couldn’t be easier.

You can do this project with any age, the only difference being how much you are involved (which is usually the case when you modify art projects, right?)


  • Watercolor paper (not too textured- alternatively, use bristol)
  • India ink (alternatively, use black, non-washable tempera.)
  • Sponge brush
  • Chalk pastels (alternatively, use chalk, but the pastels look much more vibrant.)

chalk pastels


Using your sponge brush, cover the watercolor paper with black india ink. Black tempera paint works well, too, but only if it’s the non-washable paint. We left a loose white ‘frame’ unpainted around the paper. The Amazon link at the bottom of the post is for watercolor paper that is rough on one side and smooth on the other, for different types of projects! I love products that do double duty.

Let the paper dry and draw on it! For the littles, they can draw whatever their hearts desire. Just the act of drawing on a new surface, with a new medium is great exploration for them.

A week of easy art projects for kids from Artchoo.com. This one is chalk pastel on ink.

For the big kids, ket them draw whatever they want, or make some cool color/warm color dots: have them pick two cool colors and two warm colors and combine them into dots- (one on the outside of the dot and one inside.)

A week of easy art projects for kids from Artchoo.com. This one is chalk pastel on ink.

How moderne!

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See all 5 of the Easy Art Projects:

Day 1: Folded Paper Marker Drawings

Day 2: Inky Chalk Pastel Drawings

Day 3: Spray Paint T-shirts

Day 4: Smiley Face Paintings

Day 5: Cardboard Prints




    • 09/10/2013 / 2:57 pm

      It kinda is, actually- little B used it as a chalkboard before he got sick of erasing everything with his hands.

  1. 09/12/2013 / 8:32 pm

    That looks so fun, like a chalk board effect only like you said more vibrant.

    • 09/14/2013 / 8:40 am

      It is fun- I keep thinking there’s more you can do with this project somehow, but then we just get caught up in the coolness of it being chalkboard-like!

  2. 09/23/2013 / 11:45 am

    That’s a project that my daughter might like (she is not really into art :)) Thanks for running this series!

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