To get inspired for this post and to prepare for our Christmas dinner, I visited my local Starbucks. Aside from the amazing smells, one of the things that always grabs my attention are the gorgeous menu boards and chalk drawings.
Family, food, and chalk art all added up to inspire my project: the Family Menu Board. I created a decorative menu board of our Christmas dinner, giving credit to each family member for his or her known specialty.
Here's how I did it...
I started with a basic child's art easel I picked up a while ago at a local thrift shop. I wiped it down to remove the old chalk dust. Then, I took it outside and sprayed the wood legs black with satin spray paint. I also gave the chalkboard surface a fresh new coat of chalkboard paint.
While the paint was drying, I hit the art supply store for the following supplies:
wax-free transfer paper (found with the sewing patterns),
To start, I printed out a few words in a large basic font on my computer.
Using the tracing paper, word outlines and a pencil, I traced a few key words onto the chalkboard. This helped me with spacing and the basic shapes of the letters.
After I had a general design mapped out, I used the bistro chalk markers to embellish the sketchings. As I went along, I used regular chalk to lightly freehand words and illustrations before using the chalk markers to add the final details.
I kept a damp rag close by to erase mistakes.
I titled the board "Family Christmas Menu 2012."
I included specialties from relatives who are still with us and those we remember.
The menu board is not only decorative but it's a beautiful representation of our family traditions.
I warned you that my family was all about food. I really could use two of these, as I ran out of room.
My brother's bread, my sister-in-law's salad, my daughter's chocolate mousse, my aunt's desserts and my husbands appetizer didn't make it. Hopefully these dishes still show up on the Christmas dinnertable after they see this post.
A few helpful tips: First, using a level, you can lightly sketch guide lines to help keep the drawings straight. The lines can be erased when you're done. Second, I learned quickly not to worry about every letter and drawing being perfect; in the end, the big picture will look great. Third, if Grandma's jello mould is going on the list, don't forget the "u" in mould.
Jello mould, yum...Jello mold, ew.
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