Chalk It Up

Before Thanksgiving, we went to North Carolina for my niece’s wedding. She had asked me if I would do a chalk design for her at the venue. Of course, I said I would. I did some research on Pinterest for wedding chalk boards to see what might be expected. I saw many different designs on sandwich boards and small chalk boards.

When I found out the venue the wedding would be at, I went to the website to see if they had any pictures of what the chalk board looked like. Um, yeah, there was no chalk board. There was an entire wall! That made me more nervous about the endeavor.

I drew up a few sketches for my niece and asked her which one she would like. She picked the one that I thought she would, which would also be the most work. She picked sketch 1.

Sketch 1



Sketch 2

Sketch 3

On the day of the wedding, it was decided that I would go with my sister, the mother of the bride, to the venue at the same time my niece and her bridesmaids were going (about 6 hours early) because they were having hair and make-up done, and hanging out in the special “glass room” to get ready.

While that was happening, I would be downstairs working on the chalk wall. I would have plenty of time and then I would also get changed for the wedding.

I really had no idea how long it would take, since I have never done anything like that before. I have participated in some sidewalk chalk drawing, but that was different and not nearly as big. Therefore, I was quite fine being there with plenty of time.

I was anxious beforehand, since I was going to have to free-hand the drawing and scale it up quite large. I haven’t had a chance to draw on a large wall before. Also, I was a little worried about smearing the chalk while I worked. Armed with my small sketchbook, two boxes of chalk, an eraser and a large ladder, I just went to it.


The basic outlines.


Almost done.



It took me a little less than 3 hours to complete it. I discovered along the way that I could use some smearing to my advantage. The tree lines are smeared some to create texture. I was happy it turned out like the sketch, happy to have the job done and, most important, happy that the bride liked it!

The venue guy liked it, too, and thought it was one of the best ones he had seen. He told me they pay artists to come in and chalk the wall. I told him I live in Idaho.

Oh, and there was a small sandwich board to set out on the street. He said I could do that one or they would. I had plenty of time, so I did that, too, although I had no plan for it.



It did not take nearly as long!


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