Uh-oh, I'm in trouble. In addition to my chalkboard paint obsession, I have now started using magnetic spray paint! I have more magnets that any normal person should have. I constantly use my Xyron to turn everything into a magnet. (My favorites are the magnets of each month of my adorable nephew's life. He loves to play with them and tries to destroy them but they endure.) Now, I can make ANY surface magnetic to use those magnets on. This is overwhelming! I wanted to experiment so I decided to use a hard canvas board to start with. I bought these to paint with oil on. However, I haven't been painting lately. No time!
When I was in grad school, one of my elementary education professors told us about the poetry break idea. All it means is that sometimes when class gets too heavy and dull, a student might grab a sign that says poetry break and will read a poem to the class. This is only supposed to happen when students need a break not like every five minutes. Okay, I think this idea would get abused in middle school but I like the idea. I really wouldn't care if someone finished with his or her work would "play" with words and write a poem anytime of the year. This would also be a good activity to work on with a partner. We don't officially study poetry until January but we still read poems all year.
Here's what I did to create a MAGNETIC CHALKBOARD POETRY BREAK BOARD:
|I covered my surfaced with paper, shook the can for two minutes, and started spraying. The paint color is gray. I did get some on my deck before I added some more paper. I don't get a newspaper so I use junk mail.|
|I let layer one dry. Then, I sprayed two more layers. I tested each layer with a rather weak magnet until was happy with the strength of each layer. It took about three layers for my magnet to work.|
|Wear a mask! I got this one for free when I got routine blood work last year. However, sometimes I put a bandana around my face if I can't find a mask. The fumes for this paint aren't that bad but I felt light-headed when I took off the mask.|
|I got this at my local Michaels. I think the key is to shake it upside down for at least two minutes. You need a screwdriver or something pointy to get the lid off.|
|Tip: The color on the lid is the color of the paint. Since I was rushing around Michaels like a nut, I didn't realize that. However, I really like this color.|