I have drooled over gorgeous pictures of chalkboards long enough. Okay, not for eons...I mean I don't remember sitting in the classroom in grade school daydreaming about having a giant chalkboard, framed just perfectly, filled with lovely prose. What did I know? I was just a snot nose kid then!
Well, long ago and faraway, I picked up this
First I slathered on the gray primer (my endless bucket is almost at the end)! I just painted right over the picture. It had a very slight texture that reminds me of real old slate chalkboards.
After that dried, I painted the middle with plain old black flat paint. I read that it worked as well as the much more expensive chalk paint, so I gave it a whirl. It seems to work just fine. I just had to prime it first by rubbing chalk all over the entire surface, then wiping it off with dry paper towel or rags. Here it is before priming. It looks a bit shiny, but once primed it dulls right down to perfection!
The next step was to paint the frame. I brushed gesso onto my gray primer, then wiped and dabbed most of it back off. To get gesso onto the part of the frame right next to the chalkboard surface, I used a fine angled brush.
Working quickly, I then used a larger gesso brush (any bristle brush will work) to smoosh gesso into the design on the frame and the edges.
Here you can see a finished section, a gessoed section and an unfinished section. That's about as far as I painted between sections. It's probably 6-8 inches.
I'm going to have to work on my chalkboard writing skills though!
Until next time, keep craftin' and smilin'!
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