I am so excited today to show you this sweet little project created with some our fantastic Helmar Products! I was inspired lately by an event I am helping organize to really look into the "Arts". After working with so many creative people who do so many different things like write poems, Sing or play music, dance and create art I decided to make a little something that would hopefully inspire our next generation (my kids and those that will be benefiting from this local event) to express themselves through the Arts.
- Helmar Crystal Kote Matte
- Helmar Acid Free Glue
- Helmar Liquid Scrapdots (optional)
- A plaque or board you can make into one if your that handy
- Black Primer Spray Paint
- Black Chalkboard Spray Paint
- White Chalk
- White Paint Pen
- Book Pages
- Mists (your choice of color)
Step #1: Spray your plaques with the black primer, fallow the instructions for drying time and distance to spray from. Be careful not to over spray, you want these as smooth as possible. I sprayed them front and back with the primer.
Spray them with Chalkboard paint on the front side.
(I have had these plaques for a while... I snag them at the $1 Store during the holidays when I like the shape of them)
Step #2: Use Chalk to layout and color in your typography (text) design and any doodling you wish to add. In my case I had graphics I made from book pages I wanted on either the left or right depending on the plaque. (you will see these in later steps) just be aware of what images you may want to add so you can design your text around them.
Step #2 TIP: I used a lot of cotton swabs to clean up any chalk you erase or chalk dust that may leave marks. Just wet the tip after wiping the chalk off and clean the board. Let it dry before reapplying more chalk.
Step #3: At this point I used the Helmar Crystal Kote Matt Spray to seal in the chalk. It did wind up lightening it a bit but it keeps it from smearing and it allows you to use the white paint pen over the chalk to brighten it anyway as you will see later.
Step #4: White waiting for the Helmar Crystal Kote to dry I worked on my images I wanted to add to the plaques. I drew/traced them onto book pages and spritzed them with shimmer mists. Then after they dried I used Helmar Acid Free Glue to adhere the layers together.
Step #5: Also use the Helmar Acid Free Glue to adhere the images to the plaques once the Helmar Crystal Kote is dry. (See in this image how I designed the typography text around the image I wanted to glue on?)
Step #7: Take your White Paint Pen and trace all the main areas of the text or any areas you think need greater contrast to really make your chalkboard art pop.
I created four in total.
Note: Helmar Liquid Scrapdots were used under the skirt to help lift it and add dimension to the page once the Helmar Acid Free Glue that was used to adhere the top of the leotard had dried.
Note: Helmar Liquid Scrapdots were used under the sides of the "feather" to help lift it off the page once a thin line of Helmar Acid Free Glue was adhered and dried up the quill and to the board.
Please leave me some comments below and tell me what you think. This was my first attempt at chalkboard art and I had a blast working with it. I hope you try it too! Please leave a link below if you do or post it on our Facebook page.
Thank you for your time, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.
L. Grace Lauer