Archive for ‘Street Art’

August 9, 2012

Painting sidewalks (etc.) in Vancouver

I’ve been watching the number of cross-walks, streets, intersections, sidewalks being painted increase.

Personally I like this trend, although I saw a rant in the WestEnder from someone who didn’t.

Here’s some of what I’ve learned from following along:

For chalk painting, put tempera on first – white or black usually. So the chalk adheres more. Now I did also hear from a Kits resident who painted tempera during her block party to find it didn’t wash off quite as easily as she’d imagined.

You can turn ordinary latex or acrylic paint into chalkboard paint by mixing 1tblspn unsanded tile grout to 1cup latex or acrylic paint. If the kids get to paint the concrete (in this case it was a short wall not a flat surface, they get double pleasure the painting and then chalking it up later. I’m told: ┬áThe kids just love it. Of course they do!!

There’s controversy over whether you can get a permit for street painting in Vancouver. One person told me you couldn’t (and some interpret that as: oh, I don’t *need* a permit since they don’t give them!) but I know the St. George’s Blueway folk got a permit.

There’s fancy paint that’s high grip and meant for roads (like the street marking paint) – you can get it mixed any colour you want, of course.


I was hoping for the: use up all that leftover paint – no problem – answer, but it seems it’s more complicated than that.

Do *please* comment here and add photos if you see roads, sidewalks etc. that have been painted.


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