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The epic event known as “the decorating of the house for Christmas” is just about done. Just a few more touches and then I can sit back and
obsess over the details relax. I love decorating my mantel for any holiday but especially Christmas. Last year, I put my ornament wreath over the mantel. This year, I made some Hand Lettered Christmas Chalkboard Art.
I’m still kinda new at this hand lettering thing. But it is addicting and I’m hooked. I mainly work in digital designs but I just love the feeling of knowing that I created something one of a kind and even if I use the same phrase again, the text will never look exactly the same like it does when you create digitally.
It takes time. It takes effort (for me, anyway). But I love it.
To make Christmas Chalkboard Art you will need:
Chalkboard (or use a piece of glass like I did)
Chalkboard spray paint (if you are using any surface other than a chalkboard)
I used a piece of glass that I had from a broken picture frame. I was using what I had but if you want an actual chalkboard, you can get one on Amazon, here.
I love using spray paint because it covers without brush strokes. You just have to watch out for drips but if you keep the can far enough away from the surface that you are painting and use even back and forth strokes, drips should not be a problem.
Spray the surface with the chalkboard paint. It will take a few coats so just be patient and let it dry between coats.
When the paint is dry, “season” the chalkboard by rubbing the side of the chalk all over the board and then erasing. This will prevent any “ghosting” (when old writing shows through even after you erase)
Then, take a shot at hand lettering. Remember, chalk is your best friend. It’s very forgiving!
And I love the way our mantel turned out this year. Our elf, Lollipop made his appearance yesterday. You can see him peeking out!
I went with a gold and silver color scheme again on the mantel like I did last year.
Here is the little corner of our living room all dressed up including our Christmas Story Advent Calendar. And although I am just bursting to tell you all the details of our gorgeous tree, you’ll have to wait just a bit longer for that. I promise those details are coming soon AND that post will be so chock full of Christmas goodness that you’ll be glad that you waited. Kind of like a kid waiting for Christmas.
I would LOVE to see YOUR hand lettered projects. Share them on IG with #herectsunDIY and tag me @herectsun
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