Saturday, December 29, 2012

Faux Chalkboard Art: A Tutorial

Yesterday the kids were napping, the hubs was shopping and the house was quiet. I took advantage of the silence and supplies I had on hand and whipped up two 12x12 canvases for our living room.

I wanted the first 12x12 to be a photo display. I gave it one coat of metallic acrylic paint. I wanted the canvas to have a white washed look so I didn't use much paint. While the paint was drying, I cut down a large family photo print to 11x11 using my quilting mat. I glued the print to the canvas using mod podge and gave the whole piece a thin coat. I love us reppin' our teams in this photo. Every time Cam looks at it he says, "Wook, Cam-men wearing football sherrt!"

The inspiration for the second canvas came from free fonts on Pinterest and a bible verse I saw on this blog.

I like chalkboard art and my first thought was to use chalkboard paint and a chalk pen to make my second canvas.  But I didn't have those supplies available and I couldn't leave my sleeping children home alone to go to the craft store, so I improvised.  Here is my tutorial for making faux chalkboard art.

1.  Using a foam brush, paint your canvas with one light coat of black paint.  I wanted the look to be a bit streaky like a used chalkboard.  I painted mine with some left over Behr semi gloss that I had, but any acrylic or craft paint will do.  If you have chalkboard paint, by all means use it!  I just didn't have any and couldn't make a store run.

2.  Choose your fonts and find the words, phrase, or saying you want to use.  I picked the arsenale white, simon script, indy pimp, and return to sender font. Open your computer's document program and type your words.  I used the bible verse "most of all let love guide your life".  I played with the font types and sizes until I came up with the look I wanted.

3.  Print out the document and trim down the words.  Arrange them on your canvas.  Trim them down further if you need to make them fit, but do NOT cut directly on the lines of any of the letters.

3.  Use double stick tape to lightly affix your papers to the canvas.  Using an exacto knife, carefully trace each letter pressing enough to leave a trace line on your canvas.  You may have to practice this a bit until you get the feel of how hard you will need to press.  It took me a few tries.  I traced and painted one word at a time.

4.  Using whatever white paint you have (I used white acrylic paint, but I think most white paints would work) and a artist brush or your kid's watercolor set brush, start painting over the traced lines.  Keep in mind, this is meant to look like chalkboard art and doesn't have to be perfect!  Do your best to capture the look of the font, but don't worry if your lines aren't ramrod straight.  If the paints a little thinner or thicker in some parts that's okay too!

5.  Stand back and admire your work.

The possibilities for this tutorial are endless.  Happy crafting my friends!  If you have any questions leave them in the comments.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Hawaii Day 3 - Pampering Day!

When we left home Riley was already sick, but by Sunday both kids were down with a hacking cough,   fussy tempers, snot faces and pink eye.  They were up and down all night coughing and we finally gave in by 5:30 and got up for the day.

I decided not to waste the early morning and hurried my family, along with Gammy, down to the beach to watch the sunrise.

It happened slowly and while we waited my loves splashed their little feet in the ocean.

They always love the ocean, but they especially love the Pacific in Hawaii.

I am NOT a morning person, but hello, I might become one if we lived there.  The sunrise over Diamond Head, I just can't get it out of my mind.  I wish I was there right now.

Besides cleaning the beach, which Gammy always does when we're there, she happily played photographer and photography subject.

We made our way down the beach and out on the walk way to watch the sun finish it's ascent to the sky, and spotted a tide pool when we were there. The kids loved watching the little fish and crabs swimming around. Riley was a bit perplexed by how they would get out of there. Camden just wanted to get in and touch them all.

We had worked up an appetite after our walk so we went the extra block down to our favorite breakfast spot, Denny's!  The rest of the day was spent getting nails done, doing some last minute shopping at Ala Moana, and sitting poolside at the hotel in an attempt to get some sun before the big day.


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Hawaii Day 2 - Rehearsal Time

With only 2 days before the wedding we had to hit the ground running. The kids slept until about 7 am which is pretty good for the 5 hour time change.   At this point I can't remember if we had Denny's that first day or not, but it was either that or Happy's Cafe at the hotel.  I got everyone dressed in their best Hawaiian looks and we were on our way to the Ko 'Olau!

 While we waited for the officiant Gampy showed the kids all the Christmas decor at the wedding site. Someone took this cute picture of the cousins.

Gampy showed Camden a nutcracker. He loved them.

Everyone finally assembled and we headed out to the ceremony site to practice for the big day. There were a lot of laughs and a lot of instructions to keep in mind!

Gampy helped keep the flower girl and ring bearer entertained after they finished their part of the rehearsal.

I do not wear heels on a regular basis, (heck I wear sneakers, Uggs, and flips), so I brought my 5 inch wedding wedges to wear for the rehearsal just to make sure I wasn't going to fall on my face.  Of course, I took them off as soon as we were done and Camden wasted no time in putting them on. He actually could walk in them better than I could.

It wasn't long before Sassy wanted a turn too! Uncle STG offered a helping hand.

On the way back to the cars I snapped this cute pic of the men in my life. I love them in navy!

Tata and Uncle STG already have the cutest son ever, but looking at this adorable photo I hope they have a girl someday too!

The rest of the day was spent enjoying a massive lunch (hangriness was on the rise) at the food court at Ala Moana Mall, making a necessities trip to Wal-mart, and hanging out by the baby pool enjoying cocktails and the Waikiki sunset.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hawaii Day 1 - Traveling

My baby sister, and the last of 3 daughters, got married in Hawaii two weeks ago. We have been looking forward to the wedding the whole year and we were so thankful to be able to take our entire family, kids and all to Oahu, to celebrate!

Day 1 was spent traveling. Our departing flight to Honolulu was a direct flight, over 10.5 hours on the plane. I'll admit I was a little nervous in the days leading up to our trip, but it really wasn't that bad. The plane was a 767 with big seats and tvs with plenty of show choices and video games to keeps us all entertained. The other plus side was the flight was pretty empty so we were able to spread out. The first five hours were spent playing with new toys I packed, playing iPad, and watching movies. After a sketchy dinner, meals on flights now are a whole other issue, Camden finally passed out.

I made sure to bring his pillow, blanket, and monkey so he was pretty comfortable.

While he slept I was able to close my eyes for a bit too.  Riley and TG on the other hand...

Despite a time change that went way over her usual bedtime Riley stayed awake the whole time.  I woke up from my snooze and discovered her eyes glued open watching TG playing iPad.  I wasn't thrilled that she wasn't sleeping, but she was maintaining okay so I let it go.

When we arrived we found Gammy and Gampy waiting for us at the baggage claim with fresh orchid leis for the girls and kukui nut leis for the boys.  It was 7 pm Hawaii time so Gammy sat with the kids eating their dinner while Gampy and TG wrangled our bags.  I can't believe how fresh faced Riley looks in this photo - she was going on 16 hours of no sleep at this point with at least 2 more before she finally passed out at the hotel.