out of my comfort zone..."chalkboard" art

Well, today's the day...the start of the "Step Outside Your Comfort Zone" series! Yay!

For a quick recap on the premise behind this series and a summary of my comfort-zone problem, click here...

Can I tell you a secret? After I wrote about the start of the series I was wondering why I did it. I kept thinking..."I don't want to do this - this is dumb...why would I want to spend time doing something I can't do? What a waste..." I even told my girl, Jaime (whom I met in real life last weekend...and let me tell you, she is a doll! I adore her...), that I hadn't started my project - I didn't even know what I was going to do yet! - and I was really trying to find a way to get out of it.

BUT, there's nothing like a self-imposed deadline to kick me in the butt...and, when I saw this post by The Nester last week I knew exactly what my "step outside" would be. If you didn't see the post, Nester featured some amazing chalkboard art by Dana Tanamachi...have you seen this girl's work??? Here are just a few beautiful examples...

Unbelievable, right? That's chalk...yep, chalk...I still can't get over it...

I really really like the look of the chalkboards...but my issue was using a paint brush, not chalk (although that's another problem area)...so I decided to make my "chalkboard" art a little more permanent. Here's the Dana Tanamachi piece that I was most inspired by...

I started by painting 1/2 of an Elmer's Foam Board with flat black spray paint. Then I took a white tailor's  marking pencil (I'm sure any white pencil would do, I just used what I had around), laid out a rough design and started sketching my design.

This part was really fun for me. Here's a photo when I was a little further along...

When I was all done with my sketch, I picked up my little paint brush and 2 bottles of my DecoArt paint...one in Snow White & one in Lamp Black (to cover up all of my mistakes). That was the best part of this project - when I made a mistake...and believe me there were plenty...I just covered them up with black paint and started all over. As it turns out, my painted design varied only slightly from my original sketch...

So...what do you think? Honestly, it was A LOT more fun that I thought it would be. And, after using the paint brush for a while, I actually started to enjoy what I was doing.

It's certainly far from perfect...in fact there are some spots I may still change...but I like it. I really do. And I know exactly where I will put it (as soon as I get that project done, too).

Wanna participate in this series? Just email me at msgirlblog@hotmail.com and I'll put you on the schedule...


  1. Maggie you did good! I am loving the chalkboard art .... it looks crazy hard to do!

  2. NO WAY!!! It looks killer Maggie! I noticed all of your chalkboard pins the other day and repinned several. So, this is what you were up to ;)

  3. Well, now! That is just so cute. I have seen those chalkboards around on the blogosphere and being the dork I am, I though they were actually done with chalk. I thought it was a shame they were going to be erased! I am a simple thinker.:) I think it is great that you are stepping out of your comfort zone.

  4. I like it!!! And it's totally something you'll enjoy in your home! :)

  5. You did such a great job Maggie! I'm so impressed. I seriously do NOT have the patience for that. When I was painting my sign the other day I was thinking of you knowing that yours would be way better than mine, and it is!!! haha!

  6. Maggie!!! I LOVE your chalkboard art. I want one! It turned out amazingly awesome...! I hope you had fun making it :o)

  7. Wow, you did a wonderful job! If I didn't know this wasn't your normal sort of project, I never would have guessed that you weren't totally comfortable with painting. It looks great!

  8. I noticed all those chalkboard pins as well...I'll have to start paying attention for clues to your next project!! ;) Looks amazing, Maggie! Can I place my order??!

  9. This is amazing!! I love the way your sign turned out Maggie!! I love that it's permanent too. If I'd spent all that time making it, I would want it to stick around for a while. ;)

  10. You did an incredible job! It looks awesome. And making it permanent was a super smart idea. I'm thinking I should try to do something a bit more fun on our Scripture blackboard this month.

  11. It looks awesome! I really like it.

  12. Wow, I'm impressed! Your project is awesome and I've been really into chalk board making lately. Now, regarding the chalk - I understood that you used paint, but what if one wants to use real chalk? I just painted chalkboard paint on an old window but my regular old chalk doesn't seem to work on it. I hear that there are chalkboard pens but can't find any at the craft store or Staples. Any thoughts?

  13. I love this!!! Yours looks so pretty... you did a really great job! I also love the chalk artist's drawings... how awesome is that?

  14. Your chalkboard art is so charming. Don't worry at all about any of the mistakes - they're all part of what makes your art unique, personal, and special :-)

    I might take a shot at making a piece of chalkboard art myself - thanks for the inspiration!


  15. This is amazing--I love your "chalkboard art". You are so talented!

  16. Turned out SO stinkin' great, Maggie!

    Love everything about it, honestly!

    I'll be sharing this on our facebook page a little later on!

    P.S. New Follower. : )


  17. Mercy! I definitely don't think I would have the brain power for this project! Maybe I should not underestimate my abilities....this is totally stepping on the other side of fear! I just wonder how you did those letters? Fun Freehand? That is truly amazing. I might try one with a grocery produce theme.

  18. I love it! I think it looks fantabulous! I wonder if Dana Tanamachi used chalk or those chalk pens.

    I ordered the sprayer for my project I told you about. Waiting for it to get here. Eek! I'm nervous!

  19. Awesome. I love it when someone else's coolness is just so contagious you just have to try it out! It turned out super. I'm glad you did it.

  20. Hi there,
    Found you on Linda's Chicago blogger list.

    That blackboard art is fabulous. If I had a steady hand, I would try a menu for our Jimmy John's kitchen. But, alas, it would look like a 5 year old did it!

    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe D

  21. just saw this pinned today...you totally rocked this!!! love it so much!!!


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