Happy September everyone!! I don’t know about you but I feel like it’s way too soon for the weather to be getting colder and the days shorter. But alas it is what it is, and I love fall so let’s just hope it lasts. (Speaking as a Minnesotan, the end of Fall means dreadful cold, snow, and ice. LOTS of dreadful cold, snow, and ice.)
If you remember from a recent post, I’ve discovered that making wall decor with chalk and blackboard paper is currently my favorite thing to do. I am a rather obsessive person so once I find something I love (be it a song or an animal or an activity or whatever), I geek out about it very thoroughly. You could probably call it an addiction but that’s just weird so we’ll go with obsession. Anyway, I just spent the last few hours working on some new simple chalk art wall hangings. I’m pleased with how they turned out, and I can’t wait to find some nice rustic wood boards to use as frames/backing so I can hang them. I also can’t wait to get a full set of colorful chalk and chalk markers so I can get into more detailed work. (Note to my fellow perfectionsists, I’m aware that the ones I made tonight aren’t perfect and I have a lot to improve on but hey it’s a start so let’s just be happy with it for now.)
Here’s a sampling of what I got done. I just used some song lyrics and quotes I love. It was hard to choose which ones to use because I have a lot of favorite quotes and lyrics but the nice thing about chalk is that I can erase and start over as many times as I want so my decor sayings will likely be constantly changing. I’m also looking into getting some nice big chalkboards to put up so that should be super fun, and a lot easier than the blackboard fabric I’m currently using.
Even though I’ve only made a few pieces so far, I’ve already learned a couple things I can share with anyone who wants to try making some chalk art.
- Let go of perfectionism. If you aren’t happy with your work unless it’s perfect you will never be satisfied with it at all. Make mistakes and embrace them as learning opportunities. You’ll get better with time and in the meantime be excited about what you can do.
- Go slowly. If you rush the letters, the letters will look rushed. Take your time, add some flourishes or put some extra effort into making each line straight, depending on the look you are going for.
- Use Pinterest for inspiration. Seriously, there is a ton of great chalk art ideas on Pinterest, from borders to calligraphy letters, to sayings that would be amazing chalk board writings.
- Relax and enjoy yourself. If you aren’t having fun making your art, what’s the point? Creating something beautiful should be relaxing and therapeutic, not stressful. Take your time and enjoy it.
Wishing you a blissful week until next time,