Another Saturday, another round of spray paint, and more dead brain cells. This time I was working on chalk boards. My friend Tara, who I helped out with the Pie Social a few months ago, asked me to help decorate for an upcoming women’s retreat involving all of the area churches. The poster promoting the event was designed to look like chalk art and since we had already gone one round with chalkboards we decided we might as well do it again. But this this time we had a bigger space to fill as the event was to be held in our high school theater and we were to decorate the lobby. So on top of borrowing the small chalkboards from the Preschool again I decided to make a few bigger ones out of some frames I had setting around.
One of the frames we had used as decor at my nieces wedding and was painted white so I just gave it a coat of red spray paint. The smallest one, pictured above, was actually a new frame that I had bought at Michael’s in December to turn into a Christmas gift for my other niece. I ended up doing something else for her gift and debated returning it but figured I could surely find some use for it eventually. It was a basic gold color like the majority of those frames are so I painted it my new favorite color of spray paint, not really a sunshine yellow and not really gold, somewhere in-between (I’ve also decided I’m going to use that color on one of my rocking chairs on my front porch, the former red one that has needed a paint job for the past three summers). And finally there was “Big Momma” which is around five feet tall and three feet wide. She was a Shed Sale find last Labor Day weekend. There were two other big frames like her at that sale and I have been kicking myself for not picking those up as well. As is my M.O., I bought her with absolutely no idea how I was going to use her. She’s just been standing around my studio taking up space for close to a year now. She was also a flaking, beat up gold color so I painted her turquoise.
I then turned them over to my Design Assistant. I asked him for suggestions on what to make the chalk boards out of. As much as I appreciate being able to use the small frames that the Preschool made, they just painted plywood with chalk paint so it’s hard to do any detailed chalk work on such a bumpy surface. I also wanted something lightweight because the frames were heavy enough as they were. He immediately suggested Masonite which we got and cut to size and I then painted with chalkboard paint.
So there you go, three fresh boards, now I just had to fill them up with something, along with five other small ones. The next weekend I talked to my friend Val whose parents are my neighbors across the street. She told me they had spotted me painting away the weekend before and her daughter Reece (one of the funniest little kids I know) had said “Mom, that girl’s always paintin’ something in her garage.” That one made me chuckle, mainly because I was thrilled, over the moon really, that Reecee referred to me as “that girl” as opposed to “that old lady”. It kind of made up for some “ma’am” references from earlier in the week.