I have totally taken to crafting to help me relax. I am reluctant to say that I’m a crafter; I think there is a connotation that would imply that I have a really strong skill set and everything turns out perfectly.
This is not the case.
What I make up in actual skills, I make up in a sense of adventure. Who knows how this is going to turn out? Who cares if it doesn’t go according to plan? I’ll just try something else.
I guess crafting has taken on the metaphor of how I hope to embrace life one day: who cares what happens as long as I am enjoying myself in a healthy way (and don’t inhale too many glue and paint fumes).
I am thankful that crafting has given me an avenue to explore what a carefree life could be like.
Before this craft, I had never used chalkboard paint before. But I was curious about it, so I decided to try it out on chipboard. I wanted something that could be made for Thanksgiving, but could stay out all year, too.
First I took a chipboard and spray painted it with chalkboard spray.
Then I cut strips of scrapbook paper to cover a canvas.
I used Mod Podge in a glossy finish.
I wanted to to make the chipboard with chalkboard paint pop (that I wrote on with chalk and sealed it with a matte sealant), so I decided to matte it to some brown and patterned cardstock.
I used the Mod Podge in a glossy finish again on the canvas.
Then I used Mod Podge with a matte finish to adhere it to the canvas. I was hoping it would add contrast to the glossy and make keep it looking more like a chalkboard.
But it didn’t. The fine chalkboard dust I created did not stick. But that’s OK. I still like how it turned out.
Have you used chalkboard paint? Or have you done any crafts lately? I would love to try something new!
Know what else I'm thankful for? Huffington Post published my piece about Thanksgiving and how I use food to express my love and acceptance. I would love it if you clicked on over and read it!