I’m over on Make and Takes today sharing an easy way to display children’s work, by layering/cropping.
Last weekend I participated in the very first Salt Lake hosted Vintage Whites Market. I participated in the event by teaching a calligraphy workshop. We had a blast. I had so much fun hanging out with some incredibly inspiring women (VWM, Shop Ruche and Gather & Hunt).
I was asked to do some chalk art for the entry way for admission and pricing, much like the one I did for Alt Summit. I didn’t have much time to do the lettering and unfortunately for me, it was a retro chalkboard with a sheen to it; impossible for actually chalking up.
I tried to prime the surface by rubbing chalk all over it, but nothing would stick. My chalk marker wouldn’t even make a mark, so I had to get creative. It was midnight and I needed to use what I had on hand. So I thought I would see how chalky paint would do. Here’s what it ended up looking like.
The paint worked well and I’m really excited about this new method – I couldn’t wait to share it with you. So here we go:
Soaking chalk was not about to work in the amount of time I had. So I researched. I realized I needed to phrase my query, “How to make paint out of chalk” as to try to avoid how to make your own colored paint that could be used for making chalkboards. Confusing, I know.
I found this tutorial, but I thought the technique lacking. I’m not going to rub chalk on my brush until I get enough chalk dust so I busted out the micro planer instead. Much faster.
I bet if you had a fine cheese grater or some sand paper, that would do, too.
I didn’t need a ton of chalk dust – I think for the large project I did for VWM, I used less than a stick and a half.
I mixed chalk and water a little bit at a time until I got the consistency of heavy cream and grabbed a brush I no longer cared for.
I’m sure you could do some really fun things with sponges and even food coloring. I haven’t tried yet.
I noticed the chalk doesn’t show up at first, but there was no need to run over each line twice. See below!
See how vibrantly the white chalk shows up after it’s dry? Again, no need to run over your lines twice.
It shows up so vividly on the chalkboard, but it’s just like regular chalk and erases with little to no effort. I don’t have a legit chalk eraser, but it came off just fine with a microfiber cloth. Bonus, right?
Now there’s a whole new way to participate in the chalking trend! We have the above chalk board in front of our house. It’s been since December that I’ve written a message on there (I would letter out different phrases each month). I think now that our front porch is clear of snow, I might start the monthly phrases up again.
Got any suggestions on greetings I should write on this baby?
Not long ago, I was reminded of how fun it was to cut out leather into fancy shapes (much like my mom’s cookbook). Which spurred the idea of making some jewelry. I do love me some bracelets that don’t get in the way when I’m typing. I thought I’d share with you how I did it and a printable template for you.
Penelope sure loves wearing them, too. I’d love to see her start wearing more jewelry with me. Mommy daughter jewelry, how cute would that be? Let’s get started!
You don’t need a whole lot of leather for this project, a small scrap will do. I’ve used magnetic fasteners here and I love them, I don’t have to have any help or coordination in order to put the bracelet on!
Print out the template (two templates offered – angular and leafy) and cut it out and tape on leather. Be sure to tape all the way around the border.
Cut the cutouts first. Go slowly and try to remove any fibers from the corners.
Cut the border out and remove the template from the leather.
Punch a small hole in each end. I used the 1/16th inch hole punch from a craft store.
Put the leather piece around your wrist and measure how much chain you will need. Gather your findings and assemble the findings to the leather first. Then attach the clasp – especially if it’s a magnetic clasp. The magnets will stick to everything so it’ll make assembly more difficult if you do it the other way around.
Once you’re finished with assembly, wear with pride!
If you’re going to make the leafy one, you’ll want to take the two ends (pictured on the left) and attach them with one piece of chain in a v formation. attach the clasp to the middle with a jump ring. Enjoy!
Download the printable template below.
Today I’m over at Make & Takes sharing how to make a color-blocked frame without using paint. And if you decide you want to switch it up, it’s temporary!
For other color-blocking tutorials: color block wiggle skirt • color block leather pillow • color block v-neck tee • color block bib necklace • color block maternity/nursing top • color block shirt dress • color block earrings
Oh yeah, and you can download your very own leafy drawing right here.
Speaking of elsewhere, I’m also over at It’s Always Autumn talking about how I share my love of crafting with Penelope.
I made a little hanging white board for Chris’s rear-view mirror. Kinda silly, but I can write him all sorts of fun notes and hang them from his car rear view mirror for a little surprise as he leaves for work.
There are all sorts of ways you can make mini white boards, but I used all things I had on-hand, plus sheets of washi tape (yes sheets!).
These supplies worked for me, but you could easily substitute: a popsicle stick for the bonefolder, paper and glue for the washi sheets, a few layers of cereal boxes or the back of a sketch pad for the thick board and clear plastic packaging for transparency paper. If you’ve got it on hand, use it!
Glue up your board and carefully place your white sheet of paper on top.
Use a bone folder or popsicle stick to smooth out any bubbles.
Around the outside only, glue down the transparency sheet. Make sure it is firmly in place.
Cut your washi sheet about 1 1/2 inch larger than the width and height of your board. Remove the backing or evenly coat your paper with glue. Place your paper-covered board in the center of your washi sheet or paper.
In your hand, turn the board and sheet over and smooth out any bubbles with your bonefolder.
Clip off the corners, but about 1/8th of an inch away from the corner. This will make your corners look neater. Promise.
Bend the board, making the tape stick to the sides. Press tape neatly over top the transparency. It might want to buckle in spots.
Pinch down the excess over those corners. Repeat on bottom and sides until the tape is completely wrapped around the front side of your board.
Punch holes and thread string through the holes. Secure the string.
Write your message.
See how cute the back is? It’s such a simple project, but I could see this being a fun little game within a family or tight group of friends.
Write a little love message or compliment and leave it in their car, bathroom, etc for them to read. They can then erase and pass the love onto someone else. A perfect family activity for the month of February, if you ask me.
Washi tape pages provided by Lifestyle Crafts.