Monday, December 10, 2012

10 minute Christmas Chalkboard Art

If you have ever read my blog before, you probably know a couple of things about me.

1-I am a compulsive decor changer. I am constantly moving furniture, lamps, decor, even pictures on the walls. Holidays are no different.

2-I am lazy. Meaning, I am a lazy crafter/creator. If something has two many steps, or looks like it is going to take me longer than 15 minutes to get some sort of gratification-I am out!

That is why 10 minute Christmas Chalkboard Art is so up my alley! It's easy to change and takes minutes to do.


I have a special place in my heart for chalkboard art. I love words! I love the emotion and power that a couple of words can evoke. I even have a pin board titled Chalkboard Quotes. This is one of my favorite boards!

I know that some of you are thinking that you can’t do chalkboard art. Well, I am here to tell you that you can. Decide what you want to say, add some embellishments and go to town. I could go into more detail, but I think that Miss Rhonna of Rhonna Designs says it better than me.

A couple of tips that I have learned &I must share with you.

The cheaper the chalk, the better! I have found the cheaper the chalk, the less of a shadow it leaves. (I have no idea if that is the right term. ie-what's left when you erase or try to erase previous art work. I am not a chalk pen fan. They look super cute, but I don't think they erase well.

Sharpen your chalk! This was a-ha, groundbreaking, angels singing hallelujah moment for me! Make sure that you get a makeup sharpener. A makeup sharpener has 2 sharpeners,  and one of them is bigger. You need the bigger one. Not that I learned this from personal experience of anything. I also may or may not have ruined the electric sharpener because I thought it would be smart to try sharpening chalk with it.

christmas decor joy to the world finished
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 Use a damp cloth as an eraser. I have used a wet paper towel in a pinch, but most paper towels will leave a residue. Old t-shirts work awesome!

Embellish your own handwriting with lines, shading, polka dots, curly q’s, shapes and different fonts. When I do a chalkboard, I use my own handwriting, but in different fonts. Meaning, print, cursive, my funky printy-cursive thing I do. Also, just by adding polka dots & curly q’s-you can change your plain jane handwriting into fabulousness!

christmas decor chalkboard 2

If you really hate your hand writing, there are so many awesome designs that you can print and trace off of an online source. I personally have a crush on a Rhonna Designs Christmas right now, so her sight is my go to for ideas.

I almost forgot to tell you about my globe. I love my globe all Christmas’ed out! Joy to the world! All I used was stickers from my ridiculous amount of paper crafting supplies and voila...!

christmas chalkboard close 1Did I mention that I love it!

I hope that you will try your hand at your own chalkboard art. You will love it!Warning... It’s a little bit addicting!

P.S.-If you want to know how I make my chalkboards (it’s not with chalkboard paint)
you can read all about it.

P.P.S-You can watch & learn here if you want to..


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29 comments :

  1. Love how this little corner of your house turned out- adorable! Thanks for inspiring me to write on my S.S. Chalkboard today.

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    1. Thanks so much Mellis! Please shoot me a pic of your finished chalk board. I would love to see it! Happy Snowy Monday!

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  2. Love it, and especially love the globe! Up untill a few days ago, I still had my Halloween greeting on my chalkboard in my family room. Thanks for the tips!

    Risa

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    1. Your welcome! I am happy to help! Now, if you could just cut me some stuff out of wood...:) Happy Monday friend!

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  3. Am going to try again - mine always come out a hot mess! Perhaps these instructions will help! Visiting from Girl Creative - Cheers!

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    1. The most important thing to remember is that you can erase it if you screw it up. The sharpened chalk really does help! I would love to see a pic of your finished piece! Happy Chalking!

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  4. Hey BFF! This is so much fun! I can see chalkboard ornaments and chalkboard runners....thanks so much for inspiring me today!

    blessings,
    karianne

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    1. oooh-runners?! I have not thought of those. I am so going to do that.
      Happy Monday!

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  5. Sooooo stinking cute! I love your ideas of embellishing. I have a few chalkboards around the house - so I guess I'm gonna go doll them up a bit :)

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  6. Love your embellishment ideas - I have been stuck with just plain handwriting on my chalkboards....Guess I am gonna go doll things up a bit :)

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  7. I had no idea that you could sharpen chalk, Tausha! You're awesome...and it turned out cute!! Just pinned. :)

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  8. I love the red frame! It makes the chalkboard look festive.

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  9. I love the tip about using a make up pencil sharpener. Finally a use for them! LOL!

    I cheat on my chalkboard designs. I make or use a stencil - cuz I'm lazy too. ;) I also learned a tip somewhere that you can make your chalk look brighter if you dip it momentarily in water (& frequently). I haven't tried it yet, but I plan to.

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  10. I am going to try sharpening my chalk for sure and I'm pinning so I remember the rest.

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  11. So Simple and Cute! I am off to buy some super cheap chalk!

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  12. Thanks for the tips my friend. I'm going to update my chalkboard tomorrow!!!

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  13. So cute! And thank you for the tips, I always thought people had purchased expensive chalkboard pens to make beautiful art (I have the cheap school chalk, RoseArt brand I think!) but now I know what to do! And sharpening?! Who would have thought? Thank you!

    Chrissy
    www.everydaywiththejays.blogspot.com

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  14. Great work! And yes, Chalkboard art is soooo addicting! I love changing ours out with the season and holidays or just because I can! :) And I love your globe! So cute!!

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  15. This is cute! I too just added a chalkboard in my kitchen and I was very nervous at first, but now I love it! Thanks for linking up at A Crafty Christmas!

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  16. Love it! I also heard to wet the tip of your chalk for really dark lines. I haven't tried it yet.
    Homa Style is having a 12 Days of Christmas link party going on now.
    I would love it if you linked up your holiday chalkboard.
    The link is http://homastyle.com/wp/2012/12/01/12-days-of-christmas/

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  17. *gasp* You make it sound so easy! I'm trying this on my new chalkboard door!! :)

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  18. Thank you so much for all of the tips ... your chalkboard came out so great!! thank you so much for linking up to our party!!

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  19. Love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  20. Love it! You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House! Pop on over and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again tomorrow! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  21. Great hints, I want to try making some cards with chalkboard like fronts, lots of people have been doing that lately with white ink, love the effect.

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  22. Love chalk boards too!! Missed the party. Pinned your sweet boards! New follower. Stop by and follow back. http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2012/12/let-it-snow_13.html

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  23. I LOVE your "Joy to the World" globe!

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