This week I taught some basics on creating Chalk Wall Art on Periscope. If you missed it, you can find the video on Katch (please fast forward through the intros). We had so much fun, and it was so crazy to do art LIVE- while real people were watching across the globe, and asking me questions!
If you don’t yet have a chalk wall in your home, below are the instructions I used to create ours for under $20. I love customizing the color to meet our style, and not being stuck with black. (Although, a nice black chalk wall is A-Mazing if your home can pull off that much black.) Ours is a dusty denim color blue.
How to Paint a Custom Color Chalk Wall: (From Martha Stewart, are you surprised?)
- Start with flat-finish latex paint in any shade. For small areas, such as a door panel, mix 1 cup at a time. Pour 1 cup of paint into a container. Add 2 tablespoons of un-sanded tile grout. Mix with a paint stirrer, carefully breaking up clumps.
- Apply paint with a roller or a sponge paintbrush to a primed or painted surface. Work in small sections, going over the same spot several times to ensure full, even coverage. Let dry.
- Smooth area with 150-grit sandpaper, and wipe off dust.
- To condition, rub the side of a piece of chalk over entire surface. Wipe away residue with a barely damp sponge.
Walls too textured for chalk wall?
- Screw a piece of chalk painted plywood (cut to size that works for space) to your wall.
- Paint over an thrifted piece of artwork with a big frame, and hang.
- Use something non-traditional, like a cookie sheet, tray, or drawer; and paint the inside.
Tips for BEGINNERS:
- Start simple- use simple Kindergarten printing and beginner cursive.
- Stick with one color chalk
- Be aware of location, don’t go down to low if people are going to constantly be brushing off your hard work.
- It’s just CHALK! Erase and start over anytime.
- Practice makes perfect (or at least better)!
Ready for Art:
- Select words, phrase, lyrics, scripture, quote that is meaningful to you or your family.
- Pencil the spacing and design out on paper.
- Gently draw over paper layout to make a grid, being sure to mark your center spot.
- Lightly mark center, side and top edges on your chalk wall with chalk.
- Use a ruler to make light lines on chalk wall to keep your letters straight and lined up.
- Begin in the middle of each text line and work toward outside. This will help you space things out better than starting at beginning of word or line. (See video.)
- Add boarders and shapes for interest, or just go modern, and keep it simple. Most of the time, I think less is more.
Here are some samples off my phone, of some art that has graced my wall in the past year. I change my wall about every 2 months, or 4, or when it gets too rubbed off.
I love that it’s the first thing we see when we come downstairs each morning. And that my family is really absorbing the words, even if they don’t stand there and read it, your brain remembers what your eyes see. The beauty of art!
This is the very SIMPLE art we did on the Periscope. This follows all of my Beginner Tips.
Feel free to copy my art to your hearts content! Do me a favor, and PIN it to your Pinterest Board first.
Need more inspiration? Check out my PINTEREST Board