A long time ago, I went on this trip to an old abandoned farmhouse, where I scored all sorts of amazing (and free) pieces. One of those pieces was this perfect old milk can. To jazz it up for Fall, and turn it into a planter for my mums, I decided to use this new liquid chalk product from Martha Stewart Crafts®, along with her chalkboard paint and adhesive silkscreens.
Now, I’m pretty sure I have shared my views on chalk, chalkboards, and chalkboard paint in the past. In case you missed those posts (because yes, I’m sure there were more than one), I’ll break it down for you nice and quick here. I hate them. Chalkboards are rough, chalk is dusty, and when you put the two together, that scratching noise just goes right through me. That’s why I tend to choose whiteboards over chalkboards.
However, this liquid chalk product is revolutionary for you chalk haters and chalk lovers alike. It has the texture of a paint, and goes on just like a paint, but wipes off with a damp cloth just like chalk! All the benefits, none of the annoying sounds or dust particles – score! I love the chalkboard paint too – it goes on smooth and isn’t rough at all like traditional chalkboards. All around – a definite plus for me!
It was really easy to create this mum planter for my front yard. All I used was:
- milk can (or another vessel you want to use as a planter)
- Martha Stewart Crafts® Multi-Surface Chalkboard Paint in Arrowhead
- Martha Stewart Crafts® Liquid Chalk
- Martha Stewart Crafts® Adhesive Silkscreens and/or Stencils
- adhesive fabric cut into desired shape/size (I actually used leftover “scraps” from the Wallternatives alphabet fabric wall decals that I created these canvases with)
To start, paint your fabric with the chalkboard paint. I love this nice Arrowhead charcoal color, and I love that you can paint it on just about any surface. I say just about any because I tried twice to paint straight on the can – both times it peeled off. I believe you can use the paint on metal, but not this high gloss enamel coated metal.
Once it is dry (you may need a couple of coats depending on your original fabric color and paint choice), start adding your Liquid Chalk text and/or embellishments. I used the stencils to create the half suns on each side, and the letter silkscreens to create the text. Here’s a tip for using the adhesive silkscreens: I found it better to drag the spongee tip of the Liquid Chalk across the letter than to dab it. Dabbing created too much excess chalk, and some of it started to soak through the silkscreen.
I love these adhesive silkscreens – I found them much easier to use than stencils! One thing I would love though is if the excess screen around the letter were a lighter or more transparent color so it was easier to see the other letters and line them up. Other than that – in love!
Once you have your design completed, stick it on your milk can or other vessel, and stand back and admire your quick and easy chalkboard art. If you want to change it, it’s super easy. Get a damp cloth and gently wipe the Liquid Chalk off – it will come totally clean with no annoying chalk shadow! Don’t wipe too hard or with too wet of a cloth – you may wipe the paint off, especially if it hasn’t had time to fully cure.
This line is so amazing, you are going to definitely want to check them out – they can be found at Michaels stores across the country, along with the other new line of Vintage Decor Paints! You can also check out this little video below to learn more about this amazing new line from Martha Stewart Crafts:
For more great ideas using Martha Stewart Crafts chalkboard paint, check out these posts by my amazing fellow bloggers:
You can also learn more about creating chalkboard art by watching this video:
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