Friday, December 7, 2012

Chalkboard Art

One of my big projects this holiday season is to build a faux mantle. I needed something dark for the back of the firebox, so I decided to try chalkboard vinyl. It's thick and black and I thought it would be perfect. And, since chalkboard drawings are so popular right now, I thought I'd join in the fun and create some chalkboard art of my own.
The problem is, I'm not that great at free handing and I wanted something that looked good. So, when I saw this tutorial, it got me thinking I could do something similar.

Here is how I did it.  I started by printing my design the size I wanted it.  
Then, I flipped it over and rubbed chalk over the entire design.
I flipped it back over and placed it on my chalkboard and used the top of a pen lid to trace over the letters.
Once I finished tracing, I removed the paper and was left with a faint outline of my design.
Then, I outlined and filled everything in.
When I finished, I had this! Yeah, I kind-of love it.
My kids all asked why it says baby...apparently, they need to listen to more Christmas songs.
If you're worried about little fingers smearing your drawing, you can spray a light coat of hairspray over the top (and don't freak out when it pretty much disappears - it will come back).
Come back later to get the free digital file to make your own.


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17 comments:

Nicole said...

I have not seen this idea before, I like it much better than using a stencil! My daughter is getting a chalkboard/whiteboard easel for Christmas and this would be awesome to do. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer said...

Very cute - I need to try this on my Chalkboard wall. Thanks for sharing! Visiting from TT&J.

XOXO

Jenn @ Social Salutations

Erika said...

What a great idea! It looks great:)

Kelly said...

Love the template idea!! My handwriting is horrible :-)

Deidre said...

And here Ive been struggling by doing the freehand thing! lol Genious!!

A Lived in Home said...

Love your art idea!! I have a chalkboard screaming for something cute like this! I would love for you to come link this up to my party going on! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/12/get-social-sunday_9.html

Michele Alger said...

I had to stop by and tell you that I LOVE THIS TOO! What a clever and adorable idea!! So fun and festive. Thank you for sharing such a great idea...it makes me smile. Merry Christmas!! ;)

Maureen said...

You're a smart cookie! Love it!

Chrissy + Nate said...

So pretty! That's a good idea to use a stencil!

Chrissy
www.everydaywiththejays.blogspot.com

Dixie n Dottie said...

This is super cute! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
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sew sweet vintage said...

Love it! Clever girly!!! Thanks for sharing:) New follower. Follow me back. i posted http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2012/12/impossibly-sweet-ikea-and-trujoy-gluten.html to ginger snap:) Merry Christmas!

Nonny said...

Such a great idea!!

I just put up a faux fireplace mantle. I love this idea for the empty wall space!!

Take care,
Nonny

www.notionsfromnonny.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Looks great! I do the same trick for a lot of crafts and it's so fun that it works so well!

Sara said...

What a neat idea!! I would never have thought of that or using hairspray.

I would love it if you linked your post up to our blog hop: http://sneakyspoons.blogspot.com/2012/12/frugal-crafty-home-blog-hop.html

Hanna said...

WOW. Great project! love it. I think your blog is great too. New Follower Here:) I'm Hanna and you can find me anytime at www.bouffeebamabini.blogspot.com HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

xoxoxo Hanna

Rhadonda Sedgwick said...

Genius! Thanks for sharing.

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

I did this last week for my chalkboard, and I love how easy it is!

your chalkboard looks super!
gail

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