Wanted to try an experiment if I could take acrylic paint and turn it into chalk paint. My go-to paint for a chalk paint finish is using the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint by DecoArt. The colours are all pre-mixed which is fine, but I prefer to use paints with the colour index information on the tubes/bottles so I can more refine my colour mixing.

In saying this, if I was to create a home decor piece, I would use the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint, just from the ease and the colour palettes that I use is personalized to my style.

But let’s say I wanted to create a painting and I love the finish and feel of chalk paint and I wanted to do the refined colour mixing. That’s where the DecoArt Chalk Finish medium comes into play.

I’ve never used it with the DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics before. This paint line is very thick. I have used the chalk medium successfully with the DecoArt Traditions and Media Fluid Acrylics line.

and there is a surprise experiment in the second half!

Ready to try this? This is what I used:

Substrate: Unprimed 140 lb smooth watercolour paper

Palette: DecoArt Americana Premium Acrylics
-Ultramarine Blue – DTA33
-Quinacridone Violet – DTA01
-Hansa Yellow Light – DTA18
-Yellow Oxide – DTA15
-Burnt Sienna – DTA09

Medium: DecoArt Chalk Finish Medium – DS133

Brushes: Any brush to create the paint swatches.

General: water container, paper towels and grey palette paper

in the surprise experiment in the second half, I’m showing my old Masterson Sta-Wet Palette.

Chalk Paint and Chalk Finish

What did you think?

Do you like the look and feel of a chalk finish paint?  if so, please share in the comments below what you like about it and what paints do you use.  If you don’t like the look of chalk paint, please share why…I’m always interested in hearing both sides.