chalk paint canvas + hand lettering

Isabella and I had the most lovely time together browsing the aisles of Hobby Lobby a few days ago.  Gordon and Victoria headed home after her basketball game, where she scored two points, and we hightailed it to crafty-town! During our hour {or more} there, we stocked up on canvases, paint and a few other goodies.


  • chalk paint | I used Folk Art Home Decor Chalk, 36303 Imperial
  • 16 x 20 canvas 
  • sponge brush
  • chalk

  • paint a sloppy coat of chalk paint, leaving the edges jagged
  • paint a second sloppy coat once the first has dried to the touch
  • cover the entire canvas with chalk, I used yellow because I didn't have any white
  • wipe off chalk, I used a barely damp paper towel leaving some chalk behind for texture


As I was rummaging through our collection of chalk, I was bummed to have found out that we did  not have any white. How did we not have anymore white? Oh yeah, must have been in the last purge when I trashed all the nubs of white chalk and then forgot to buy replacements. So, I used the pink we had plenty of and ended up being pleasantly surprised. 

Actually, I loved it!

I'm tickled how the pink on the red chalk paint gives this canvas a tone-on-tone look and actually invites you to walk up to the art and read it. It definitely is harder to read from far away at this size. My next go around, I want to get a bigger canvas and a longer quote. 

Gordon wondered why I took down the art that was hanging there, which I took as a non-subtle hint that he wanted this DIY to find a different home. So I did, but that doesn't mean I won't try it all again. Wink, wink.

Here's what I shared on Instagram: the art projects the girls created with the supplies we bought the same day. More on their finished projects later this week.

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