Today I went to Michael’s and got all of they supplies I need to create some awesome Chalk Art!
I’ve been wanting to do this for some time now, ever since I bought framed chalkboards from Kirklands a few months ago. Now that I’ve been researching Chalk Art it seems that it’s pretty popular! I bought ChicChalkArt.com and ChalkisChic.com and I set up an Etsy store today! I would love to be as successful as LilyandVal.com, her work is amazing!
I have my first commissioned piece that I’m doing for my friend to give to her boyfriend for Valentine’s Day. I’m super excited to present it to her!
As you can see in the photos above, I got an 11x17in frame which I think will be the perfect size. It’s not TOO big, but it’s also not too small. I got all of my materials as well including:
- Spray Primer
- Spray Chalkboard Paint (I’ve heard it goes on smoother)
- Painters Tape (to keep straight lines)
- Tracing Paper to pre-design the layout of the design
- Chalk (of course!)
- Stencils of cute animals
- Matte Acrylic Sealer (so the design will stay put!)
So far, as you can see in the photo above, I’ve sprayed the primer on the glass of the frame. I have to wait about 2 hours before I can spray the first (thin!) layer of the Chalkboard Paint. Once that’s dry I will spray a 2nd coat then let that dry for 24 hours. This is how it looked after the first coat of Chalkboard Paint:
After it’s dried for 24 hours, I will “condition” the board by rubbing chalk all over it and then wiping clean. Conditioning makes it so you can erase mistakes a lot easier. If you don’t condition you will be able to see previous marks you’ve made on the board.
Once the board is conditioned, I plan to take the design I drew on the tracing paper and line it up on the board. Once I have the perfect design, I will turn the trace paper over (so the drawing is facing down) and rub chalk HARD on the back of the paper. Basically, this creates a tracking type paper. I will then place the tracing paper back on the board and lightly outline the drawing with a colored pencil. This will give me the outline of the design so I can write the text fully on the board!
I plan on taking photos of the entire process to showcase here since this will be my first piece.
I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about my new business!
If you’d like to order a custom chalkboard, go ahead and email me what you’d like!
Check out my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ChicChalkArt