About this project
Make this chalkboard calendar for a cute addition to any wall in your home. There’s no need to replace it each year. The grid and days of the week always stay in place. Just erase and update the month and day numbers each month.
Pinterest Perfect! by Walter Foster Creative Team, Jamielyn Nye
Gemma Correll - Illustrated MugView larger Artist Gemma Correll - Illustrated Ceramic Mug Tired of the same old boring coffee mug you drink from every morning? Spice things up with your own unique, illustrated ceramic mug. Make a bunch to give as gifts…or keep them all to yourself. Step One: Decide what you're going to draw on the mug. .. A witty and hilarious sloganYour star signA coffee-related punI'm going to draw a cat with lots of legs because…well, why not? Gemma Correll - Illustrated MugView larger Step Two & Three: Design & Draw Draw your design out on paper first. You can also pencil the design out on the mug, if you feel like it. Start drawing your design on the mug. Don't worry if you make a mistake--just wipe it clean with a wet wipe while the paint is still wet. (Make sure it's dry before you continue drawing. ) Start on the opposite side to your drawing hand so that you don't smudge your artwork as you go around the mug. Step Four: Make Your Mug Dishwasher Safe If you used paint pens, you can make your mug dishwasher safe by baking it in the oven for 45 minutes at 350f/180c (or whatever your paint pen packaging tells you to do).© 2018 Walter Foster Creative Team, Jamielyn Nye · Reproduced with permission.
Start by using your white charcoal pencil and ruler to section the chalkboard into a grid for the calendar days. Draw seven rows across the board starting at the bottom. I like to make marks on the bottom row for where my next set of grid lines will go. Use the ruler to draw straight lines for seven columns. Make sure you leave room at the top to write the days of the week and the name of the month.
Your calendar is finished! Find a spot to display it in your home and show off your hard work. Use your charcoal pencil to add appointments or special events.
Artist Tip: When the new month arrives, simply erase the month and the numbered days with a soft cloth. Then add the new details. Try mixing up your lettering styles. You can even add little embellishments, such as swirls, stars, and snowflakes.