A while back my friend Sue told me she’d seen a new Martha Stewart product. It’s a liquid chalk dauber that you can use with stencils on a chalkboard. This sounded just perfect for me since I don’t have great skills when it comes to free-handing a chalkboard design. Sue was kind enough to share a coupon for 40% off at JoAnn Etc with me, so I popped over there and purchased one (please note that this post is not sponsored in any way, I am just sharing my experience of this product with you).
The directions were pretty minimal. They just said to be sure and prime your chalkboard for best results. Have you ever primed a chalkboard? If not, it simply means to rub chalk all over it and then wipe it off. You only have to do this to a freshly painted chalkboard that has never been used before. Mine wasn’t new, but I primed it again anyway just to be on the safe side.
My ‘Family and Friends’ stencil fit the chalkboard perfectly, so I just taped it in place and was ready to start chalking.
I started out stippling the paint on with an up and down daubing motion, similar to the technique I use when stenciling. I didn’t really like how the texture of the stippling looked (on the ‘F” below), so then I tried using a sweeping motion instead (on the rest of the letters).
And honestly, that looked even worse, so I went back to stippling with the rest of the design. Once the stencil was removed, I just wasn’t impressed. I tried to salvage things by filling in some of the letters with actual chalk.
Hmmmm. I have to be honest. I’m not loving this at all. It looks messy and it certainly doesn’t look chalked. It looks more like a bad paint job.
It doesn’t look quite as bad from a distance, and it helps even more if you squint your eyes just a little.
OK, well, I’m grasping at straws here. It totally does not meet my standards.
I’m sure part of the problem lies with me and my technique, I went online to look for more instructions or even just some tips on how to use the product. I found a youtube video, and it recommended ‘pouncing’ the liquid chalk on much like I did. It also suggested wiping a little of the liquid off first, which I did not do. That might have helped. In the end, I think part of the problem is also the stencil I’m using. It wasn’t designed for use with a product like this. Using a stencil with skinnier lettering might work better (such as those made by Martha Stewart specifically for her liquid chalk).
Luckily, this product can be ‘erased’ with a damp sponge. I’m going to test that out next, and then head back to the drawing board with this product.