Have you noticed the trend toward the chalkboard look in scrapbooking products? I’m seeing quite a few lines coming out with some cool chalkboard designs.
Like this fun summer Chalkboard paper from the Pebbles Lakeside collection:
A fun Chalkboard Quotes paper from Echo Park’s Here & Now collection:
Check out this Chalkboard Lace from also from Echo Park Here & Now:
A simple Chalkboard/White Boardwalk background from Simple Stories I Heart Summer:
Or how about some embellishments? Pebbles has these fun chalkboard banner stickers:
And American Crafts has these plain stickers from the Mayberry collection that you can decorate yourself:
How about some washi tape? Here’s a Chalkboard washi from Freckled Fawn:
I have ordered a few of these products but seeing as I’m a crafty sort of gal, I wanted to try my hand at creating my own chalkboard paper. In Wilna’s Art Class at Two Peas, she shows a couple different layouts using this medium and it looks pretty cool.
I picked up a bottle of Martha Stewart’s blackboard paint at Michael’s last week to give it a try.
My plan is to create a layout with the chalkboard background and use the Sharpie white pen for the journaling.
The paint is pretty thick and creamy and easy to coat. I knew I wanted to get solid coverage so I used quite a bit of paint.
Then I let the paint dry for 24 hours. Because I was aiming for thick coverage, the paint did warp the paper at bit. That does not bother me at all, it’s just part of the process, part of the look. But to minimize the warping, I piled a couple of paper stacks on top of the page after the paint dried, for another 24 hours before I created my layout.
This background will form the basis for a layout I’m working on right now.
One more quick idea — since I already had the brush and paint out, I grabbed some white paper out of my scrap pile and kept painting.
I can use one of the scraps here as practice with the Sharpie before I handwrite my journaling on my layout. I can also use the other pieces for punches or die cuts to create my own custom embellishments.
One thing I haven’t tried is actually using chalk on this blackboard paint. I think I’ll have to pick some up at Target the next time I am there!
Have you been adding the chalkboard look to your layouts and projects yet?
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