While crafting with 9 year old Ryan, he asked if I ever made a background with chalk. The closest thing I have to chalk is Pan Pastels and he has zero supplies so no clue what he was thinking. He said he made one and would go get it. He brought over a tiny scrap of paper, maybe 4 by 2 ¬Ĺ and torn on one edge. He had no supplies and Lord help him if he touched his sister¬ís stuff. So he headed to the garage and found an old bag of sidewalk chalk. He put one in a sandwich bag and jumped up and down on it. He sprinkled the crumbled chalk on the scrap. He had no spray bottle so he used a hose (and to think we all ran out and bought a mister). This piece of cardstock was pretty wrinkly after the hose hit it but by golly, he got color on it. He then said how good he thought this would work with mixed media paper and would I like to do it with him. Well heck, who am I to turn down a brand new technique!
We took the chalk and took a hammer to it. He didn¬ít have enough weight to break it up finer by jumping on it and my old bones are not into jumping. His left 1/8 clumps on the card. We took it outside and repeated the process on mixed media paper but I caved and got the spray bottle. (I should have tried the hose). After it dried, we robbed John¬ís garage of sandpaper and sanded it smooth. It sat here a while and he hasn¬ít been back to finish so I stamped and embossed this fun stamp, used a white gel pen to white out the petals. At this point I sprayed with a fixative since the chalk kept rubbing off. Zigs certainly behave differently on a fixative but thankfully I didn¬ít have much to color. Drew a wonky pencil line with intentions of stitching. Even pencil does not erase on a fixative. Instead it smeared and is evident in one corner. Hand stitched which took forever. But it was fun to do. Typically I give a kid a technique and they have to design. How fun for a kid to give me one!
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Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 6:53 AM
My oh my Nancy! Loved the description! Ryan is going to become quite an artist! He thinks out of the box and does NOT need to purchase everything! That is something we all should learn! YOU STITCHED ALL OF THAT!!!!! It turned out to be one very nice card! WEll done, my friend! tfs
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Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 7:26 AM
Oh my gosh, Nancy, this is SO cool! Now I have to go buy sidewalk chalk (grin). That background turned out so cool; the flowers look awesome, and the border is amazing! But gee, what else can we expect from you?
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Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 8:14 AM
OMGosh how fun!!! I love your bg and I am amazed you were able to get such great coverage using a white gel pen (I have NO luck with those!). I love all your hand stitching and can't even imagine doing it!!! Wow, my friend you are amazing!
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Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 8:18 AM
Wow! Very interesting post and a beautiful card. Great job stitching.
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OH, my goodness, Nancy! I don't know which I liked best your story or your card! Both are delightful! Great new technique he has introduced you to. I love what you did with it too! Do you write? You should really be a writer if you aren't! Have a great week-end!
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Thu, Jul 14, 2016 @ 1:55 PM
This looks amazing. Ryan is going to be so excited to see what you did with his chalk background. How fun and creative Ryan is!! I bet you had a lot of fun playing with him. And a cool new technique too! xx