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School is just about to start for us. In all the back to school preparation I love creating fun props or items for my back to school mantel decor. This Notebook Paper Chalkboard is such a fun photo prop or first day of school gift for the new teacher.
– DecoArt Americana Clear Chalkboard Coating
– DecoArt Americana Multi-Surface paints (cottonball, lipstick, blue lagoon)
– Foam brushes
– Painters tape
– White chalk
– Black/Gray chalk or chalkboard markers
I just happened to have a piece of scrap wood lying around that was a similar shape to a sheet of notebook paper, it was perfect. If you don’t have anything lying around you can use any piece of wood, mine happened to be a piece of mdf.
Begin by painting the entire surface white (cottonball). About 2-3 coats, this will help to be sure the wood is covered completely.
Using your painters tape and ruler create your lines. I left a nice margin on top like an actual sheet of notebook paper. I then just continued taping it off, leaving a small gap between each piece of tape.
Remove the painters tape carefully once your stripes are dry.
I taped off my first line, painted it red (lipstick). Then once it was dry I removed the tape, and tape a second line next to the one I just painted. Then repeated that step again.
Per package directions let the surface cure for 24 hours.
With a piece of white chalk you need to season your chalkboard. Rubbing the piece of chalk over the entire chalkboard surface, first going horizontal – then vertical. Repeat a couple of times.
Wipe off excess chalk dust with a soft cloth.
Use a dark chalk or colored chalk for this chalkboard. I found this box of black/gray chalk at Michaels in the dollar bins. They had several colors, but I had never seen black so I was quick to grab a box. It was perfect for this project. You could certainly use chalkboard markers if you’d like as well.