Saturday, July 12, 2014

DIY Chalkboard & A Monogram Tutorial

Hello and Happy Weekend Peeps, I am really busy working on our Dining Room this weekend, 
so I am sharing a little project I actually did a few month back but never shared before. 
I've always wanted to have a Family Name Monogram on a Chalkboard for our Staircase wall,
so I did some research on Pinterest and found this awesome tutorial from 
Lilacs and Longhorns

 First step,  I had to make another chalkboard.
Luckily I had an old frame in the garage with a hideous print. 

I took out the print (in the garbage it went) 
and simply painted the glass with chalk paint. 
Once it dried I got busy with the chalk-board art
Julie from Lilacs and Longhorns  shared a super easy transfer
method that I had to try myself.

Step #1
 On my Computer, I choose a font I liked and printed out the letter "V" and also our 
Family Name, established, etc.....  Make sure to make the letter and everything 
else you want to print big enough for the size of your chalkboard.

Step #2
  You will need a round plate, or platter to trace a circle for the wreath. I placed my platter 
upside down on the board where I wanted the wreath. Then, I outlined it about 80% 
of the way around — using my chalk ink pen — leaving a little gap at the top so it’s 
not a full-circle wreath.

Step #3
I added some leaves to the circle (free hand).  Draw the shape of an orange wedge or 
apple slice — they do not have to be perfect and they don’t all have to look the same!
Also, they will probably look wrong to you as you’re going along.  
Hang in there, it will look good when you’re all done. Plus, it’s chalk and totally erasable!

Step #4
When you’re done with the leaves (by the way, you don’t need to fully embellish them at this point) 
get your print-out of your monogram and rub chalk on the BACK of the paper 
directly behind the monogram.

Step #5
Turn the paper over so the chalk side is on the board. Carefully center it and then trace 
the letter with a pencil. You don’t have to fill it in, just trace an outline. 
Press firmly so the chalk on the  back of the paper transfers on to the chalkboard.

Step #6
Remove the paper and you’ll see a faint outline of your image.  

Use a chalk pen or regular chalk to trace over the image and then fill in as desired.

I did the same procedure for our Family Name and EST 1993

Step #7
Finish filling in your wreath leaves. I found that I liked using the chalk ink 
pen best for the outlines and the real chalk for shading and filling in. it is...I added some huge letters I found at Hobby Lobby on top of the frame
 I hung the chalk board on our staircase wall. 
I am planning on creating a fun gallery wall there, 
so there is still lots of work to be done here! 

As always, thanks a million for taking the time to visit me!!!! 
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