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Chalkboard Cheese Tray




Here is the finished chalkboard cheese board project

Here is the finished chalkboard cheese board project




Here is the “before”….I won this cool chalkboard painted cheese tray…or board…whatever folks call these. Yellowbrick Trading Company asked their Facebook “likers” to leave a comment to be entered in a drawing. Lucky ME! My name was among those drawn and this is what I got :)

Here's the cheese tray...or board, as it was when I got my grubby, little hands on it!

Here’s the cheese tray…or board, as it was when I got my grubby, little hands on it!

OK…normally, I dive in and do up a chalkboard all freehand…and eyeballin’. The reason? It’s a challenge…and fun to see the imperfections. I don’t really like things to be too straight and perfect. Another reason is this…I can always just erase something and start over! Makes sense, right?

Well, this time, I am wanting a specific message on this cheese board…and I want it to stay there for a loooong time. To accomplish this, I’m using permanent chalkboard pens. Once I make a mark, it’s there…for a looooong time. For this reason, I wanted some kind of a template to work from.

I was so excited when I bought these permanent chalkboard pens...it takes very little to amuse me...I know.

I was so excited when I bought these permanent chalkboard pens…it takes very little to amuse me…I know.




I knew I wanted WINE to be in a more curvy font and CHEESE to be all caps and more blocky…..a BLOCK of cheese…right? I found a font on my mac and printed it to scale. Now, how to get that lightly traced on the chalkboard?

Blocky letters for CHEESE to use as a basic template for some semi-freehand signing.

Blocky letters for CHEESE to use as a basic template for some semi-freehand signing.

I turned the CHEESE paper over and rubbed white chalk on that backside. “Well, butter my back-side and call me a biscuit!” …I’m sorry…I got a little side-tracked….

Rub the side of a white piece of chalk all over the backside of the CHEESE letters.

Rub the side of a white piece of chalk all over the backside of the CHEESE letters.

Then flip over the page right side up and lay it on the chalkboard where you want it. Then it’s just a matter of tracing around the letters…

Push the pencil kind of hard, to make sure the chalk on the back sticks to the board.

Push the pencil kind of hard, to make sure the chalk on the back sticks to the board.

And….there you go!

Remove the paper and there you have it! Again, I don't go for PERFECT...just wanted the basic tracing so I can stay on track while free handing decorative elements to each letter.

Remove the paper and there you have it! Again, I don’t go for PERFECT…just wanted the basic tracing so I can stay on track while free handing decorative elements to each letter.




You can see when you look at the C that it’s not perfectly shaped. That’s no problem…this chalk will be erased later, so it’s just fine.

Next, I hand drew some letters for the WINE word on a piece of paper with black marker. Well, first I did it with pencil, then traced with the marker.

Here's my WINE...just the basic letter shapes drawn on paper, ready to transfer to the chalkboard.

Here’s my WINE…just the basic letter shapes drawn on paper, ready to transfer to the chalkboard.

I repeated the tracing step with the WINE letters.

Once the words are traced onto the chalkboard with regular, erasable chalk, it was time to get out the white permanent chalkboard pen and have some fun!

WINE and CHEESE both lightly traced onto the chalkboard with regular, white chalk.

WINE and CHEESE both lightly traced onto the chalkboard with regular, white chalk.

I traced around the letters free hand at this point….no more templates and I didn’t do this as a stenciling…just tracing…like we used to do from coloring books as kids…remember?

And there you go! The permanent, white chalkboard pen is on in the first stage.

And there you go! The permanent, white chalkboard pen is on in the first stage.

CHEESE! In its simple form...

CHEESE! In its simple form…

And here is WINE, before making it a little more fancy :)

And here is WINE, before making it a little more fancy :)

Now, even MORE fun for me…working on each letter to make it more interesting and give the words more depth.

OK...so this was after my first pass over the tracing, adding depth and form to the letters.

OK…so this was after my first pass over the tracing, adding depth and form to the letters.

Next, I free-handed some cheese blocks with the regular, white chalk, so if I didn't like it, I could erase...until I got it just the way I wanted.

Next, I free-handed some cheese blocks with the regular, white chalk, so if I didn’t like it, I could erase…until I got it just the way I wanted.

For the graphic images, I just crudely free-handed them. But you could certainly find something you like online and print it and use the same tracing method I used on the word CHEESE. Try Microsoft’s clip-art…you’re sure to find something to use for free :) Once the regular chalk picture looks the way you want, go over it with the permanent, white pen.

my attempt at pouring wine...I'm not an artist...I leave that title to my daughter!

my attempt at pouring wine…I’m not an artist…!

I ended up messing more with the WINE word...just thickening the letters to make them look more like they were drawn with a wide tip marker...Oh, and I could resist using my pink, permanent chalk pen and filling in the heart :)

I ended up messing more with the WINE word…just thickening the letters to make them look more like they were drawn with a wide tip marker…Oh, and I couldn’t resist using my pink, permanent chalk pen and filling in the heart :)

Once all the letters and pictures were on with the permanent pen, I let it dry for a few minutes and then used this dish towel (slightly damp) to wipe away the original tracings of the erasable chalk.

I used a flour sack dish towel a little bit dampened to erase all the regular chalk lines.

I used a flour sack dish towel a little bit dampened to erase all the regular chalk lines.

Now that the powdery residue of the original tracings was gone, I used a couple of the pen colors to add just a hint of highlights to the images…then I was DONE :)

It's done....and time for me to have some photography fun!

It’s done….and time for me to have some photographic fun!




Hmmmm...not sure about having it up there...

Hmmmm…not sure about having it up there…

This is usually my favorite part of any project…playing with different still shots…it was fun to put my new signage in different positions to see which I liked the best. These last 2 are positioned on our wine/booze bar. This cupboard is 100 years old…I love it totally.

Now it's on our distressed (very distressed) hutch.

Now it’s on our distressed (very distressed) hutch.

I think I like this shot the best….and there you have it.

Here is the finished chalkboard cheese board project

Here is the finished chalkboard cheese board project

Anyone can do this! Give it a try and just have fun. You know…even with the permanent pens, you could always paint over stuff you don’t like with another coat of black chalkboard paint and start over. And you know what? You can’t do things like this a WRONG way…it’s whatever makes your tummy happy :)

TTFN!





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