Wednesday, January 22, 2014

How to Sharpen Chalk…


For those of you who follow me here…you know I have a chalkboard canvas that I love to doodle and draw on. I first shared how I made my chalkboard in this post. I have been posting my almost monthly creations and drawings…see here, here, and here, for a few of my favorites.

 
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Today I want to share a quick little tip that makes chalk art and lettering so much easier!


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As most of us know, chalk comes out of the package with a blunt, flat end. Not the easiest to use when trying to make precise lines and letters. There are chalk pencils you can purchase, but why buy the more expensive option when I have just the tool I need…a good old fashioned pencil sharpener.
 
 
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I have had this sharpener for years…and it is perfect for two reasons. It has a regular pencil size opening and a larger opening…just the right size for a standard piece of chalk. It also has a plastic case attached to catch shavings and very fine chalk dust. Just a few turns and your blunt chalk comes out perfectly pointed.
 
 
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So much easier to make those straight lines and details with the pointed tip. Sometimes it is the simplest tips that make the biggest impact.


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I am currently working on my February chalk art, and shared this sneak peek…
 
 
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Can you guess the theme? Finished photos will be posted on Friday…see you then!
 
 
 

7 comments:

  1. Wow, what a great tip, I'm having a 'duh' moment that I've never thought of doing it! :) Your artwork is beautiful, Laura!

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  2. So clever! I would have never thought to do that.

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  3. Thank you for the tip. I have been struggling with my chalk and chalkboard. I am not as talented as you when it comes to the lettering, but I am going to give it a try ~

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  4. Great tip, Laura. I didn't know you could even do that, and the results are wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I do weekly chalkboards to chart my pregnancy. Love this tip!! Thanks for sharing :)
    Jessica @ tinybabyg.blogspot.com

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  6. I just came across your blog via Pinterest and am happy to learn this great tip! I'm sure my chalkboard designs will be much improved if I sharpen the end of the piece of chalk rather than continually turning it as I go to get a finer line. Thanks so much!

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  7. Thanks so much for the tip! Beats paying for chalk markers/pencils!

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