Susan Merrick

Artist and Interpreter. Power Language Access

Wednesday Wonderings #5 Homemade Chalkboard…. (and self editing).

Wednesday Wonderings

Wednesday Wonderings

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Wecome to my Wednesday Wonderings blog. This week I have been wonderfully busy sorting our new home. One of the most fun elements of this sorting was creating this chalk board – which was for my son’s room and has inspired me to do one for me too!

I constantly self edit, a left over element of my teenage years I am sure… or perhaps something that adulthood has forced me to do? Anyway, I try to think through what I say or write, forever over-worrying about what others may think. I often change my mind sometimes mid discussion, have incoherent thoughts and mutterings, and often doubt my knowledge. Writing a blog has thus been rather daunting… .. So a chalk board for a serial self editor like me is wonderful. Anything can be written, and then removed easily!

My Art on the other hand is a way I can fully express myself. I don’t feel the need to self edit. I just draw, create or paint what I feel. Sometimes that is raw or sensual, erotic, painful or pure joy….. but it’s a kind of exposure that I take pleasure from and safety in.

As I get older I’m not sure if I self edit more or less. It probably depends where I am and who I am with. I am constantly finding that my opinions are challenged, often by my own thoughts.  The more I learn and know, the more I become aware of how little I know and how much there is to explore in this world. So through my Art I can simply express and explore. Asking questions, making a point or simply capture a moment or moments of my thoughts or visions.

So for those of us who constantly press delete, screw up the page or hesitate to speak, I give you Art. True freedom of expression, love, pain, joy and simply you.

Happy Wondering

Susan xx

If you fancy making a chalkboard then check out the simple steps I took below 🙂

You will need:

A frame including backing board, but no glass

Chalk board paint

Brush

You ‘may’ need:

Something to place under the frame to protect your surface

A damp cloth

Protection for your clothes

A mask

 

 

 

 

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Get yourself a frame (without glass), it can be a blank one you buy off the shelf, or if you like ‘upcycling’ like me then grab one from your local charity shop, junk yard or tip sale! This one had a poster (Monet :)) stuck in it on the board which was quite damaged and dirty, but gave a smooth surface to work on. But you can simply use the backing board that comes in a blank frame too.

 

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I had to give mine a clean, frame and board as it was quite dirty. i simply used a damp cloth.

 

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Next get yourself some chalk board paint. This is the one that I used. Make sure you are in a well ventilated space to paint, I started in the house but had to move to the shed as the fumes were quite strong.

 

 

 

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Remove the board from the frame and place it on the surface you wish to paint on. I used a large piece of packaging board. Stir the paint well and using a brush paint the first thin layer of chalk board paint. Then let it dry.

 

 

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This first coat took about an hour to dry, but it was a cool damp day so it may not always take that long.

 

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Next paint a second layer.  Again, leave it to dry. I left my second coat for several hours as I was fitting it around my day.

 

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Continue this painting and drying process until you feel you have sufficient coverage for the chalk board. I found three coats was enough. The paint I used is also magnetic but I wasnt looking to use it for this purpose.  It will just hold a magnet, but to get a good magnetic strength I  believe you would need at least two more coats.

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Once you feel you have enough paint on (if you are not sure then simply test the dry board with chalk/magnet and see if it works) place the board back in the frame. I then used the fixings in the frame to replace the board and then used masking tape to fix the board in place.

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And there you have your finished chalk board ready to use and looking lovely!

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