Chalk It Up

Chalking is an easy way to add color, dimension, and interest to any paper project.
A Father's Love
Dad's Birthday Scrapbook This project is a great way to show
a father's affection.

Chalks, also known as "pastels" in artistic circles, come in a variety of forms: in small flat squares commonly referred to as decorator chalks; in stick form, usually referred to as oil-free pastels; and in pencil form where the chalk is enclosed in a wood casing. Decorator chalks are the most commonly used by scrapbookers because they're affordable, less messy than pastel sticks, and easy to use -- you simply load an applicator with color and wipe it over the desired area. You can use makeup sponges, cotton swabs, or cotton balls as applicators.

What You Need:

  • Blue patterned paper
  • 3 shades of blue chalk
  • Adhesive
  • Gray card stock
  • Black card stock
  • Black platic mesh
  • White vellum
  • Eyelets
  • Paper fasteners


1. Tear all four edges of a sheet of blue patterned paper and apply medium blue chalk to the torn areas. Add more chalk in some spots to give the piece depth. Rub in the chalk when you've reached the desired color intensity to burnish it into the paper fibers and prevent any loose dust from flaking off or smudging into unwanted areas. This is known as "fixing" the chalk. You can also use an artist's fixative spray. Adhere the chalked paper to a sheet of gray card stock and mat the entire piece with black card stock.

2. Apply two strips of black plastic mesh to the background. Handwrite or computer-print your journaling on a sheet of white vellum and set aside, allowing the ink to dry before chalking. You can also use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.

3. Once the ink is dry, tear the edges all around and place the piece facedown on your work surface. Using three shades of blue chalk, apply a wash of color to the area behind the key journaling words, alternating shades and using only one shade per word. Use a slight circular motion as you apply the color and start out using a light touch -- it's much easier to add more color than to take it off, but you can always correct any mistakes with a soft white artist's eraser. Use one shade of chalk to draw a heart behind the word "heart" on one of the journaling boxes.

4. Glue the journaling to the black mesh using a glue pen in key spots behind the darker letters (so the glue won't show through the vellum). Mat the photos with gray and black card stock and embellish the corners with eyelets and paper fasteners.

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