Sunday, March 6, 2016

Chalk Board Craft and Book Review

A few months ago I received a book for free from Giveaways, in return for an honest review on their site. I loved this book so much that I decided to write about it here. The book is 'The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering - Create & Develop Your Own Style' by Valerie McKeehan.

What I really loved about this book was not only did she tell you all the items you would need to be successful, she also provided actual chalkboards and very detailed step-by-step photos.

Part of the process that she explained for better looking chalk lettering is to season the chalkboard, this I had never heard of before, but was very simple to do.

First you rub the chalk all over the chalkboard covering every inch with chalk.

Then you wipe away with a chalk eraser or a dry clean paper towel or rag. Now you are ready to create.

I decided to test it out first by writing my name in chalk, this gave me a good understanding of how hard I had to lean on the chalk to make it work.

While my younger daughter was taking her nap, my older daughter and myself decided to try designing hanging chalkboards that I had picked up from Target for a dollar each. I also got the chalk from Target for a dollar, so this was a very inexpensive craft. 

We seasoned our chalkboard and were ready to try some of the designs that Valerie had in her book.

I choose one of her flower designs and a snowflake design. These were relatively easy and with a little bit more practice I think I could get pretty good at creating these designs and more.

I added Happy Easter and an Easter egg of my own design. 

My daughter made her own Easter design with a snowflake and Easter Egg.

One of the great things about working with chalk is if you mess up you can just wipe it away and start over. I think we will have this book for a very long time and will use it again and again. If you are interested in this book here is a link to it on Amazon. I do receive referral fee for anything bought through this link.

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