I wanted a brick wall for the kids to walk through at the front door. When searching online, I saw many people using the sponge and paint technique. I wanted to do something a little more realistic and closer to the colors that were in the bricks on my house. I ordered the these pastels.
These last picture are the colors I used. I chose them by bringing all the colors and putting them next to the bricks. If I found that color in the brick, I put it to the side.
I used a coupon to JoAnns and got some canvas for about $12. I used duct tape to hang it up on the brick wall outside my front door. My idea was to basically use the brick to create the texture for me. All I had to do is rub the pastels on the canvas. I started with the lightest color working each step until I got to the darkest color.
Once you go over the canvas, you can start to fine tune the bricks. For example, you see some of the bricks are dark around the edges so use more dark pastel around some edges. This project took me about 2.5 hours. I sprayed the canvas with artist adhesive. It helps keep the chalk in place and not spread everywhere. It might be more than you want to spend if you will not use it again, so you can use a hairspray.
For the girls birthday party, I used a brick colored duct tape and taped it around the front door. I slit a line up the middle using sharp sewing scissors. I got many compliments on the look of the brick wall. We actually are still using in front of the door to one of the girls rooms’ since she has a Harry Potter themed room.