I thought I would be further along with this little project but have not had time for it in the last few days. So instead of the finished product I thought I would show you my progress.
Years and years ago I fell in love with this beautiful vintage photograph by Lillian Bassman. I always thought I'd like to try and replicate it in watercolour but never got around to it.
A few months ago I found at auction a massive vintage frame for a great price. I knew I needed to quickly change over the painting inside....see for yourself and try not to laugh...
My husband was like "what were you thinking?!!!" but I knew that with some white paint, a new piece of thin MDF and some black chalk board paint I could make one of these....
I used my orbital sander to make it very smooth and I had used a paint brush to paint it on and I think really for best results for blackboards one should use spray paint. Anyway with a bit of love from my Ryobi ROS it was smooth as silk. The frame has quite an interesting texture and lots of imperfections and cracks. I think it's quite gorgeous in it's aged beauty.
So the other night, while I was also cooking dinner and getting the kids ready for bed, I started sketching up the glamorous woman by the window. I had possibly the worst piece of chalk in the history of mankind. Serves me right for shopping at the $2 shop. The chalk was so hard to sketch and fill in with. In about 10 minutes I'd managed to do this rough outline of the portrait but I've got a long way to go.
I did go to our local art shop and the guy suggested I try using white pastel instead of chalk so I bought some and will give it a go. It honestly has to be better than the crappy chalk stick I was using. Once I've finished it all I'll share it with you. The good thing is if that it doesn't turn out I can just wipe it off!
....and then I'll just use the board for our shopping list!