Who hasn't seen this gorgeous graphic on Graphics Fairy for a Menu Board? I have wanted one of these for my kitchen for a long time, but drawing/painting/freehanding anything is simply not among the talents that I possess. My printed graphic had remained untouched, until I found this tip on Pinterest. Tracing, that I can do! It's easy! I'll show you.
Materials needed are an old tray, painted with chalk board paint and cured for several days, white chalk, and white paint pens.
To start, I rubbed the chalk all across the back of the graphic -- heavily, in multiple coats. I would show this, but chalk, on white paper, doesn't really show up.
To keep the image from sliding, I taped the graphic onto the tray, using painter's tape to avoid any peeling of the paint.
A blue colored pencil seemed like the best thing to use for tracing, as it was the only sharpened pencil in the house. It actually helped that I could see if there were any areas I had missed. You can see where I sort of went outside the lines, oopsie! My impatience got the best of me on this step.
A little peek -- it's working!
And ta da!
After a couple of deep breaths, I began painting over the traced image. Duh, I started at the bottom, not very smart. We'll let that dry and then start at the top.
This was so easy! The paint pen went on really smoothly. This was done with a medium-tipped Elmer's paint marker that I bought at WalMart. I bought the chalk board spray paint there, too.
20 minutes later, done! Just FYI, the "shadowing" might have gone a little better if I had run back to the store for a fine-tipped paint pen. But seriously, this was so easy that if I decide I can't live with it, I'll just paint over with more chalkboard paint and start again.
I'm already thinking of the holiday season with this project. What a great gift for someone who loves to cook and entertain. I hope you'll give it a try!
I'm joining Judy's Fall Into Fall at DIY By Design
Yvonne's Tutorials Tips and Tidbits at StoneGable
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Honey's Potpourri Party at 2805
Cindy's Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Jen's Fabulously Creative Party at Jennifer Rizzo
Donna's Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors
Aimee's Overflowing With Creativity at It's Overflowing
Susan's Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Brenda's Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
p.s. Aren't these the prettiest roses for fall?! They have these every week when I go shopping at Aldi, 6 for $4. There's no reason to pass them up for that price :) You deserve it, treat yourself to some flowers today!!