I am so excited to share this project with you all! Using DecoArt Satin Enamels paint, I made over a chalk finish sandwich board to make it into the perfect winter decoration! It's been so much fun to make and really simple too. All you need is some paint, a few brushes, and a steady hand. I was inspired by the beautiful eucalyptus wreaths that are so in right now. I love decorating for Christmas, and recently I've been really drawn to those with faded greens, greys, and whites - so I wanted to create something that tied all of that together!
I should also note that I'm working to up my video documenting - so you'll see a couple clips of me working! I'd love to hear what you think of the finished piece, and as always I love hearing about what you're working on! Share links to your own blogs or pics of projects in the works by leaving a comment at the bottom :)
DecoArt Americana Decor Satin Enamels
Sandwich Board/Chalkboard Easel
Protective Covering like a canvas or tarp (so you don't get paint on your floor or desk)
Using the Pure White Satin Enamels paint, coat the front of your board. Allow it to dry FULLY before applying a second coat. Normally, I am the queen of impatience, but thanks to the chaos of the holidays I uncharacteristically let it dry overnight and it made a huge difference when applying the second coat.
Using the Charcoal Grey Satin Enamels paint, coat the frame of your board. This will only need one-two coats.
After two coats of the Charcoal Grey and one coat of the Pure White:
Since this was a black chalkboard finish originally, and I was coating it in white - it took a couple coats. Again, be patient and allow for plenty of time to dry between coats so it won't peel!
A couple coats later -->
Now it's time for the fun part - painting your design!
Like I said above, I was inspired by eucalyptus wreaths for the illustration. I wanted it to have a tie to winter too, so I added the "Let it Snow" text once I uploaded my image into photoshop. Here's a short clip of my rough illustration:
*song in the video is "Dream of Michelangelo" by Counting Crows
After some edits in Photoshop, like adding color and text, and making sure the image would fit correctly into the proportions of the board, I saved the file and uploaded it to my projector.
*If you're in the market for a small, easy to use, quality projector - I bought this guy last year. I highly recommend it!
While I like to think I'm a decent painter - when it comes to handwriting...I'm pretty bad. So using a projector saves a ton of time. But if you're good at calligraphy, or just can write in a straight line - a projector is not necessary. I'd still recommend using a pencil first to save time when it's time to paint!
Mix two parts Satin Enamels "Soft Linen" with one part "Moss Green" using a palette knife. This is what you'll use to paint your text and your big leaves! Then outline in Satin Enamels "Charcoal Grey" and you're done! You can add extra coats if you aren't a fan of seeing brush strokes. I embraced the painterly-style of the piece, so I did a couple coats in some places, and a single coat in others to give it a lighter, more watercolor like feel.
Watch the video below to see what it was like to paint the details. This part was so much fun!
PS Be sure to watch in HD
Here's how it turned out:
Let me know what you think! & please share the holiday projects you're up to (or inspired by!) in the comments below :) I'd love to take a look!
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