Monday, October 20, 2014

Chalk Board Art

I love chalk board art!
Recently I worked on an old art print turning it into a chalk board.

This piece started out like this.

The print is pretty but I was ready for a new look.

So I painted the surface out in chalk board paint.
Primed it with chalk over the entire surface, then wiped it off
making it ready for writing with chalk.

Then using  a mix of stencils, graphics and free hand design,
I created the surface to be displayed at the top of our staircase
going to the guest rooms, for a Paris hotel like look.

Here it is in place on the landing to the second floor.

I am happy with the way it turned out with chalk.
But next time, I'll be creating something like this using
a chalk pen. 
These can be found at art shops and on Amazon.

They simply write with a chalk look but without the chalk dust 
and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Love that idea.

There you have it, using stencils and filling in the design with chalk.
Did you know you can sharpen chalk with a large sharpener?
Yes, you can and it makes it easier to use on these designs.
But next time, I'm  trying the chalk pen.

I'll let you know how it goes.

See you next time!

Blessings Be Yours
Celestina Marie


Betty said...

I love what you did. I am going to put that on my project to do list. I have never painted with the chalk paint and eager to try.

tibby said...

Beautiful as always.
Hope your hands are doing good. And the whole you😉
Cristina xoxo

Jan Hermann said...

What a lovely way to use an old painting - a clever redesign. Love it!!

Anonymous said...

I adore this, Celeste! What a beautiful chalkboard! I never thought about using stencils to help me design my artwork on a chalkboard. Thank you for sharing your lovely project and idea!

Donna said...

Oooh, la, la! I am in love with your gorgeous chalkboard sign, Celestina! It's perfect at the top of your stairs, and oh so Frenchy-chic! Tres magnifique!! Love your idea of using the stencils to add the design. And I never knew you could sharpen chalk!! I love chalk pens, they look so neat, and you are right, no dust!!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour mon amie! Your stenciling and freehand work is perfect and I didsee some chalk pens the other day at micharls and I am going to get one. There Iis nothing like that feel of writing with a grench script on a black board! Your ideas and shares are a delight!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

It's lovely!

TexWisGirl said...

so neat!

Claudia said...

Hi Celeste,
chalkboard art! Fantastic work!
Have a happy new week,
Love and hugs and blessings,
Claudia xo

Valerie-Jael said...

Love your very elegant chalkboard, I am sure your guests will much appreciate it too! Have a great day, hugs, Valerie

Sola Scriptura said...

Gorgeous! And I love the arrangement of where you have it on display. Simply darling!
Hugs to you.

Deborah Montgomery said...

You're so creative and clever! What a perfect re-do. It does seem you would have to be oh so careful with the dusty chalk to work with the stencils. I've seen the chalk pencils; they look like fun to work with.
Your landing is very inviting; I like how you added the shutter next to your window.
Have a wonderful day. xo, Deborah

Anonymous said...

I love chalkboard art, Celeste. I have one frame in my foyer which I made last year. Took me soooo long to make it that I hesitate on changing it, but I'm so inspired by yours. It's beautiful!
Have a lovely day, friend.

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Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

So pretty, Celestina. Thanks for the tips. You are now ready for paying guests!..Happy Monday..Judy

Dorthe said...

How wonderful you altered your framed print, to look so totally different, and just as it have alwayes been a chalk board !! So beautiful with the writing dear Celestina Marie, and lovely displayed on top of the stair !!
Happy new week to you.
Hugs Dorthe

Alessandra said...

Just gorgeous! I really love what you made. I adore it on the top of the stairs, it looks such beautiful there.

Cynthia said...

Celeste this is beautiful, love it!!! I never heard of a chalk pen. Thanks so much for the info and tip.


Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Celeste, I love your sign and what a wonderful job you did on it.
I didn't know about chalk pens, but you can bet the next time I am at Miohael's I will be getting one.
Thanks so much for sharing this great post.
Happy Fall week.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love it, Celeste! What a totally different look for this piece, too. Love the chalk art.


Love it and it looks perfect there! I need to learn to write "cool" like you do!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog and it's so nice to meet you. My post for the exchange will go up on Thursday also.
I just love your redo of your picture into chalkboard art. What a great job you did and it looks perfect where you hung it.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog and it's so nice to meet you. My post for the exchange will go up on Thursday also.
I just love your redo of your picture into chalkboard art. What a great job you did and it looks perfect where you hung it.

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Very nice! You did a wonderful job with it. I wish I had talent for things like this! The chalk pen sounds like a great idea.

cynthia lee designs said...

I love the chalkboard art that you pretty!! Great redo of an older piece.

Createology said...

Lovely ChalkBoard. How clever of you to use an old print for the backing. Sharpening Chalk is an interesting process. I suppose the "dust" could be used for making chalk paint. Creative Chalk Bliss...

Mari said...

Celeste, I love it! It turned out gorgeous....


Unknown said...

Hi Celeste,
I love chalk boards, and the way you filled it with pretty stencils and fonts is so wonderful. Everything that you do is so lovely.


decorayadora said...

hola Celestina !! amiga querida adore esa pizarra ! majestuosa esa subida de escala..que tenga un optimo resto de semana

LJS said...

Hi Celestina, The chalkboard looks fantastic!
Love, L.J.

Kathy said...

What a great make-over!! I have done the "real" chalk thing and agree about using the chalk pen. I also found the Sharpie poster paint pens work well and you can remove it with rubbing alcohol if you want to switch it up.

Unknown said...

That is so cool. I never though of using chalk as art. You are amazing.

Creations By Cindy said...

Your chalkboard is simply stunning! You are so creative and gifted! Love it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Stephanie said...

You.Are.Amazing! I wish I could think like this - take an old picture and create something new and fresh :) I love it, Celeste.

Hugs to you, sweet friend!

1CardCreator said...

Love your chalk board, looks stunning on the landing like that. Great idea on the chalk pen too, thanks for sharing. Big hugs, ~Diane

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

What great inspiration. I love the chalk paint and what you did with it is absolutely wonderful. You are so talented....xo

Julie Marie said...

That's beautiful Celeste!... I have never heard of a chalk pen?... will have to check Amazon... much love, xoxo Julie Marie

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Celeste, I love this! What a perfect size and shape for your landing, and of course, your artistic talent is showing in the chalk writing. (Even when I stencil, it doesn't turn out that pretty). I've used the chalk pens. They take a little getting used to, but they are great. laurie

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Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..