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Thanks to my thrift shopping habit, I have a collection of simple platters and plates displayed around my home. I like to tuck the solid colored plates behind my decor to add visual depth to my displays.
This white oval plate with its fluted band caught my eye at Goodwill recently. It was only a few dollars. When I bought it, I knew I wanted to paint or draw on it, but I wasn’t sure what to do at the time. When my chalkboard
obsession crafting started this fall, I knew I wanted to turn my white plate into a display for seasonal messages.
Using Martha Stewart Black Chalkboard Paint, I free hand painted the inside of the white plate. I did 3 coats of chalkboard paint for complete coverage. Be careful when you open the paint container for the first time. I splattered a few drops on a favorite shirt, and wasn’t able to get the paint out.
Since I don’t have a dedicated craft space or even a craft table, I use large trays from Ikea to hold the projects I’m working on. I bought these trays many years ago when I was homeschooling toddlers and preschoolers. The trays have a lip around the edge to prevent items from rolling off – very hand for preschoolers working with beads and other small items. This Smula tray from Ikea makes a good substitute though it’s smaller than mine. You could also get an oversized sheet with a lip from a restaurant supply house.
To hold paint, I used the cap from a large vitamin bottle. The cap is about 2 inches across, the perfect size for the amount of paint I needed. I could wipe the brush on the lip of the cap if I needed to.
Once the paint was completely dry, I took the plate outside to add the white chalk to the chalkboard paint. Because of my allergies, I try not to do anything inside that creates dust.
Once the plate was ready for decorating, I grabbed a piece of chalk and started writing. A few tips for getting the best look:
- Make parts of the letters thicker to help them stand out.
- Keep your pattern simple at first and then add flourishes.
- Q-tips work well as erasers to clean up your design.
- Don’t use the chalk markers if you want to change your design seasonally. The chalk markers are permanent.
- Experiment with color.
- If you’re new to free handing your design, sketch it out on paper first.
- The eraser is your friend!
Happy Chalkboarding and don’t forget to check out my Chalkboard Pinterest board for inspiration and more tips like fonts to use.