Sunday, March 25, 2012

Chalkboard Engagement Party Art

About a month ago I discovered Dana Tanamachi. If you haven't heard of her, click on the link now!  She does absolutely amazing things with chalk.  Unlike many of my projects, when I saw her work I didn't immediately think, "I can do that!" but I did think "If I can make something that looks even a quarter as good as what she does, I'll be happy." :)

My dearest friend (since we were five!) is getting married this year and we had a little engagement get together this weekend.  I was in charge of decor, so I decided to use my newfound inspiration to create a piece of art.  I took this quote right from one of Dana's pieces, but I designed it differently using a combination of her techniques.


I started with a 2'x3' piece of mdf (from the same board I bought for my dog stencil art) that I painted with chalkboard paint.  I cut out a stencil for the border using tag board so I didn't have to go crazy trying to freehand it!  I sketched the whole thing out beforehand, so I used that as a guide for the writing.  The writing was tricky, not just the spacing and sizing of letters, but the actual process, because I was trying not to erase things as I worked.  Therefore, I was perched on my kitchen island, hovering over the board in some pretty precarious positions!  Great ab workout though!




I think I might be in a chalk art phase now!  Such an inexpensive way to make a big impact!





Jenny

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20 comments:

  1. wow great chalkboard inspirations! I wished I was good a drawing a writing! Not a talent I possess. Love how your sign turned out. Such a cool decoration.

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  2. How adorable is this! The banner is the perfect addition to this!

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  3. I like it...great job. I assume the engaged couple wanted to take it home. :)

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  4. Fantastic! I have a chalkboard in my kitchen and I need to find some inspiration. Thanks for sharing your project!

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  5. I am totally in a chalk phase!! Love this and hope you will share it on my linky party going on now. I stopped by to tell you thanks for sharing your cute pic of Gus last week! I so loved that you used Photoshop Elements. I just got it and am trying to figure it out (desperately) before Picnick goes away!

    Come and join us again this week with your cute chalkboard and more if you have time!

    http://teaganstravels.blogspot.com/2012/03/destination-inspiration-linky-party-8.html

    Michelle

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  6. What a lovely idea. Better start practicing my skills for this so I can use them for my boutique flower shop displays.

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  7. What a great idea! I love how beautiful it looks. Megan

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  8. I am loving this..I am going to try to do this for my mantle, Wonderful idea. Found you at the Taylor House link party. I am a follower now.

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  9. Really cute...This is my first time here you have a lovely site, found you at Days of Chalk and Chocolate party:)

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  10. this is fabulous! i envy people with great handwriting! nicely done.

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  11. Your art is gorgeous! It looks like it is professionally printed! I can never get my chalk writing to look good! Maybe I'll send you all my chalkboards to write on! LOL! Thanks for linking up to this week's party!

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  12. So cute! I love it! The handwriting is so smooth - like it is printed off a computer!

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  13. It looks like it would have been a challenge but it turned out great! Neat idea. I passed an award on to you - stop by if you are interested. Have a great weekend!

    http://thecaptivatinglife.blogspot.com/2012/03/lazy-saturdaywith-awards.html

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  14. You did a wonderful job on this sign, but nothing is more temporary than writing on a chalk board - which is much like young people's marriages today - also very temporary - and that is very, very sad. You gift mirrors our society in an uncanny way.

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  15. Wonderful project and your attention to detail is amazing! thank you for sharing at Uncommon!

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  16. This is really cute! Thanks for sharing it over at Taylor Thursday's, this is one of the features tonight! :)

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  17. You're a feature today!!

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2012/04/features-latest-and-greatest-26.html

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  18. I adore chalk art, too! So much so that I have three boards in my house right now. ;) Thanks so much for linking up this week! I'm featuring you today!

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