Summer here in Spain is sooo long and while I have my daughter home for the holidays I like to slow down a little on the blog. Now I’m not saying you’ll see less of me, oh no, but the posts will be slightly different, less time consuming but still packed with great things to read.
I’ve been a member with Skillshare for well over a year now and find I never seem to have time to share any projects with the skills I learn there.
WHAT IS SKILLSHARE?
Skillshare is an online learning community where creators learn from each other. Anyone can take online classes, watch video lessons,
create projects, and teach a class themselves. By teaching real world skills in an accessible online format, Skillshare is creating life changing opportunities for students and teachers alike.
This summer I’m going to start sharing those projects as I complete them and in the process hopefully give you ideas to create new things yourself.
COCKTAIL CHALKBOARD ART: A FUN SUMMER DECOR PROJECT
Roberta Barros is a chalkboard artist and also an online friend of mine. After years of working in different creative fields she finally fell into chalkboard lettering and has made a full-time business out of it.
This is Roberta’s first class teaching with Skillshare but it doesn’t show. All the lessons are broken down into short step-by-step tutorials and are very easy to understand. At the end, there’s a project for you to complete which is a simple chalkboard with a cocktail recipe of your choice.
Take a look at the introduction video below:
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HERE'S MY CLASS PROJECT
This first project I’m sharing was a lot of fun and because I had the chalkboard already, it was super quick! This first image is my chalks all ready and nicely sharpened…I love art supplies, even basic chalks 🙂 A little tip if you don’t have a sharpener big enough, just use a knife..works great.
Then moving onto inspiration. I made a quick moodboard in Photoshop of images that I liked and thought I’d use on the final chalkboard.
As I’m totally impatient, I started work straight on the chalkboard. A note about the chalkboard is that in Roberta’s class she actually walks you through the whole process of preparing your own chalkboard if you don’t have one. I had this chalkboard so was able to get started straight away.
TRACING OUT YOUR DESIGN
I copied my design straight from my sketch but if you’re not so confident then there’s a technique which Roberta demonstrates to trace your art onto the board. I made some mistakes and wish I had traced in the first place but I’m pleased with the end results.
Of course if you know me, you’ll know I like a mock-up so I popped it onto a brick wall to present online.
Now I have it hanging on my kitchen wall as a constant reminder that I need to get mint to have that Mojito!
I hope you enjoyed this quick share of my Skillshare project.
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