There’s always at least one children’s book in the pile that, though much loved, is covered in scribbles! Transform an old thick board book with blackboard paint and you can create picture after picture, story after story. It’s also a great way to practice writing letters and numbers.

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If the book you are using as a base is super glossy, you may want to give the pages a quick buff with fine sandpaper. Then all you need to do is start painting!
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Let the paint dry after each coat, and before painting the next page. Using a hair dryer will help speed up the drying process if you have one.
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Be sure to paint the spine and the edges of the book to complete the look.
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Leave your painted book out overnight to dry completely. The next day you will be ready to grab some chalk and fill the pages.
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This also makes a fantastic paint scratch-back book. Use the end of a paint brush or another blunt object to scratch pictures or words into the paint, revealing the bright colours underneath.

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