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"All About Chalk"
I knew my time as a Guest Blogger with ClearSnap® would be exciting but this is an excitement extra! I love stationery, I love Chalk Inks, I love Africa and Kenya is one of my favorite countries! Just imagine my delight when I learned I would have the opportunity to combine these three passions in a design for this hop!KENYA
A CHALK INK TRIBAL STATIONERY SET
Africa is rich in natural resources and beautiful, engaging people. I drew inspiration from the rich colors used in tribal clothing, particularly among the Maasai, a pastoral tribe famous for their authentic culture. They defied modern culture to retain their traditional way of life.
The vibrant colors of the ColorBox® Chalk Ink Pads made it easy to bring the essence of the Maasai Tribe and the country of Kenya to my stationery design. I wanted to create an organic project that would bring my three loves together in an elegant presentation.
- ColorBox® Chalk Paintbox® - Mercantile
- ColorBox® Chalk-Full Size Pads: Pumpkin Spice, Splash, Cheeky, Blackbird
- ColorBox® Art Daubers
- ColorBox® Stylus and Tips
- ColorBox® Color Blender
- ColorBox® Art Screen-Cobblestone
- Stencils: Stencil Girl "Tribal Men" and TCW Julie Belzer's "Mini Mod Checkerboard"
- BQLZR Vintage Desk Edge Box Corner Protectors - Antique
- Chipboard Letters
- Metallic Wax
- Aileen's Acrylic Spray Sealer
- Start with an empty Stationery box (or create one.) Link: DIY A2 BOX
- Cover the interior and exterior of the lid and tray with either white gesso or a white chalk paint. For my project, I used an off-white chalk paint. You can make your own chalk paint. Link: DIY Chalk Paint
- Use a ColorBox® Stylus tool to apply the desired ink colors to the box top and tray.
- To achieve reddish-orange color so favored by the Maasai, use ColorBox® Chalk inks: Pumpkin Spice (full-size pad) and Candied Yam (PaintBox® -fourth color from the left.)Apply painters tape to the finished edges of the box top.
- Using the direct to surface method, apply ColorBox® Chalk paint (Blackbird.) Use the Stylus Tool to even out any streaks. Since you will be stenciling over this area the underlying paint does not have to be perfect.
- Apply your stencil design. For my "woven" design, I used ink colors: Alabaster, Red Barn, and Guacamole from the PaintBox® "Mercantile." The Alabaster ink is actually an off white, but when stenciled on the black background it looks almost silver. This was an unintended consequence but I like it.
- Depending on the intricacy of your stencils, you will need to use daubers, blenders, and the Stylus tool to apply your inks.
- Embellish your project as desired. I cut my letters from heavy weight chipboard and applied a coat of gesso prior to applying my chalk ink.
- seal the box with two applications of an acrylic spray sealant.
- The box corner protectors add an elegant note to the design project. Instead of the screws that came with the corner protectors, I used small black brads. The (green) chalk ink used for the box tray is Guacamole and is in the ColorBox® Paintbox® "Mercantile."
- Use your stencils to create the desired number of stationery sheets. I created four of each (notecards, Full Sheets (6"x6"), Short Sheets (4"x6") in each stencil design. I used an Antique Laid Paper for the stationery. The texture communicates the strength and resolve of the Maasai! The Zebra design was created using the ColorBox® Art Screen - Cobblestone
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