A weeks ago, a very thoughtful wife reached out to me to with a chalk lettering piece (similar to Jackson’s) as a surprise for her husband on their 2nd anniversary. Since the gift was celebrating their matrimonial union, it was important to emphasize their relatively new shared name, and bond as a family. Above is the quick thumbnail sketch I created for the work ahead.
After a few strokes on the board surface, I quickly realized the grade wasn’t genuine. While most blackboards are made of porcelain enamel steel, some brands contain a plastic component. Chalk doesn’t seem to want to stick or be nearly as vibrant as it should be. A minor set back, Ashley and I agreed the best option was to simply sketch the layout with chalk then paint the final design over it. It was actually perfect considering Ashley planned to preserve the piece forever.
Once the chalk blue print was outlined, it was time to put down the first layer of white acrylic.
Once all the colored coats were set and dry, I took a damp soft cloth over the entire design to wash away any remaining chalk lines. Ashley’s father was nice enough to handcraft a wooden frame from the walls of house that Ashley grew up in. It was certainly a family affair and I’m honored they put their faith in me to bring it all together. Happy Anniversary Ashley & Bryant!