For my birthday this year my sister gave me this book.
We were out shopping one day and I happened to see it and mention to her how much I would like to have it. And then I believe I handed it to her and she put it in her shopping basket. LOL. Yet another benefit of having her live nearby!
She wrapped it up and gave it back to me on my birthday.
I have quite a few chalkboards around my house. I still love them. I know some people consider them to be so ‘yesterday’ and they are over them. Not me. But my biggest problem is that I’ve never been happy with my attempts at making ‘chalkboard art’. They have been pretty lame, to be quite honest.
Last Christmas I even resorted to ‘faking it’ on the chair chalkboard in my kitchen.
Which was a total failure when the double sided tape I used to attach the printed ‘chalkboard look’ art wouldn’t come off and I ended up having to repaint the chalkboard itself.
I also tried using Martha Stewart’s liquid chalk and a stencil, which was also pretty much a fail.
Now that I have the book, I’m determined to improve my chalkboard drawing skills. I started really small with adding this little flourish underneath the ornament wreath on the chalkboard door in my Q Branch.
Don’t be fooled by the chalkboard design above the wreath. I accomplished that by printing the design on paper, rubbing chalk on the back of the paper, placing the paper over my chalkboard and then going over the entire design with a pencil. Thus transferring the design to my chalkboard door. Then I went back over it with a white chalk pencil. Rather time consuming and putzy, but it looks pretty cool.
But the design under the wreath is free hand and drawn using some of the hints from the book.
I next moved on to the chalkboard in the kitchen. I tried a couple of different lettering styles on this one with another free form flourish at the bottom.
Not too bad. Still not gorgeous, which is what I’m aiming for, but OK.
So I’m going back to the old adage, practice makes perfect. I need a lot more practice. But luckily, as I mentioned, I have quite a few chalkboards to practice on.