OK, here is another little tidbit about gesso. You can use it to make a chalkboard.
The frame here was gold.
I did a three part mix of white gesso, black gesso, and a little spackling paste. This is what I ended up with. The addition of the spackling paste with the gesso, created a thick, almost frosting like mixture.
I dry brushed the mixture on the frame to get this. A nice old world look.
To make the chalkboard, I brushed a thick coat of the mixture on the backer board, let it dry, and sanded it slightly.
Please, please, please, if you try this, wear a mask when you sand. Although I didn't use much spackling paste in the mix, it has crystalline silica and other ingredients in it that can be harmful to your lungs. BE SAFE.
This is what I got. This great irregular finish.
I wiped the surface with a damp cloth, to remove any residue, and let it dry again. I then rubbed chalk all over the surface, and erased it. This preps the surface for writing, and gives it a much used appearance.
So, I got a nice old world frame, and a chalkboard for very little money, and I really didn't use very much of the mixture.
You can get the same effect using only gesso. I just mixed black and white gesso to make this little chalkboard.
I did a post on finds a while back, which included this mirror.
Where is the mirror, you ask? I broke it. I was so annoyed with myself, that I put the frame away and forgot about it. Today, I decided to bring it back out.
A unique chalkboard.
Guess how I got this cool effect on my mirror. No, it's not muriatic acid.
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