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Chalk it up – literally

thought bubble canvas blackboard
thought bubble canvas blackboard
speech bubble canvas blackboard
speech bubble canvas blackboard

Here’s a DIY for making a chalkboard with a little wink to Liechtenstein – the artist famous for his crying women and polka-dot backgrounds. I took two canvases that had seen better days, but of course new ones are a great option. I used a platter to trace out an oval, adding the pointy talk thingy on one and the bumps for a thought bubble on the other. You could also paint triangles that lead into the circle for that POW! look ala Batman.

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Paint out the innards with blackboard paint – there are many on the market – I used a dollar store brand and they now come in lots of colours to choose from.  It took two coats for the chalkboard part.  IMG_1847  IMG_1850 IMG_1849

Next pick your colours for the background, almost any will do but for a pop art look it should be pretty bright.  Craft paint or leftover house paint is good,being sure to paint edges as well. Let dry.

Next, with the bottom end of a pencil – either with or without an eraser, as long as the eraser is intact and circular, dip that end into white craft paint so there is enough on it to then press lightly onto the canvas to make a solid dot. You’ll probably be able to get 2-3 dots per dip.  Space them evenly and continue down the canvas until you are done.  Do the edges too. Nothing looks as unfinished as a painting that stops suddenly on the top surface.

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And there you have it. Write on!

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9 thoughts on “Chalk it up – literally

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