At CHA I released a collection of hand lettered stamps that are very doodle styled. I wish I had more projects to share with you featuring the stamps… except for this clipboard, I made all card samples for the doodle stamps. I was on a tight deadline and put them in the mail to the office. After they were long gone I realized I forgot to photograph them before shipping them off! oops! I will just have to re-make the to share them with you. 😉 Today though I have my favorite project to share with you that features the doodle stamps. I think it is a fun one too!
I really love looking at chalkboard art. I wish I was good at it, but I am not. I am a total pencil and paper girl when it comes to drawing and lettering. I wondered though if I could get the look of chalkboard art using my stamps and white pigment ink. The answer is YES, you sure can, here is how…
First, you need a chalkboard surface. I started with a wood clip board that I picked up at the office store. I painted it with 3 coats of chalkboard paint from Plaid using a disposable foam brush. Be sure to read the package instructions on the chalkboard paint you use. The one I used said to let it cure for a set amount of time. The first time I used it last year I didn’t do that and it made a huge difference. Many chalkboard paints also suggest that after it is dry and cured that you rub chalk over the surface and then wipe it away.
To add my design, I stamped the stamp image using Ranger Ink’s Glacier White Pigment Ink. I used a heat tool to dry the ink. I wish I had taken a photograph of this step when I made the clipboard so you could see how good the image looked. You could stop at that point, but I decided to go further…
I traced over the stamped design with a white Derwent Graphik Line Painter Pen. Derwent Line Painters are a super fine tip opaque paint pen with a range of really fun vivid colors. After tracing over the white stamped image, I used the white line painter to add more details to the chalkboard like a sun, cloud, and rainbow.
I colored the sun and rainbow with the line painters using a scribble motion. I thought that would feel more chalk like as opposed to a solid painted stripe.
You may wonder why I didn’t use colored chalk pens instead of the paint. I planned to have this as a display at CHA and knew that it would get touched (and it did, a lot!). I wanted a permanent design that wouldn’t get smudged or wiped off. I saw quite a fingers at the show wiped over it to see if it was chalk. The paint totally stayed put and looked as good on the last day as the first!
I colored in the large cloud with chalk to reinforce the chalkboard look and feel.
I also colored the background with chalk and then wiped it away to give the used chalkboard look.
As I was working on the chalkboard I laid the chalk down on the cloud. I liked how the piece looked laying there. It was flat on one side from where I had rubbed it over the background in the curing process so I decided to glue it down to the chalkboard. This piece was going to be displayed on a table top so the piece of chalk laying on the board made it look like it was a work in progress.
The metal clip of the chipboard looked a little bare and had a big Office Depot stamped on it. To solve that, I borrowed an idea from my friend Debi Adams. Debi makes the most amazing clipboards that she embellishes with vintage jewelry bits. Debi is a master junker and finds the most amazing pieces. She uses all the broken and orphaned bits to stunning art with. I didn’t have lots of jewelry to work with but I did have a ton of vintage buttons. I spread Beacon 3 in 1 over the metal and layered the buttons on, layers upon layers until the clip was completely covered. The buttons tied in with my display too since I featured lots of vintage sewing notions.
I love the sun and cloud so much, I wish now I had made a stamp of both to go with the sentiment. Maybe next time… 😉
PS. The ship date for all of my products is April. They will be available at stores worldwide (independents and online) and online at www.spellbinderspaperarts.com!