Welcome to the first DIY of 2016! Woooo! And for my first installments, I bring you these folk art inspired chalkboard coasters! Remember folk art? My mum was a HUGE fan back in the 90s and to this day there’s still folk art painted mirrors and furniture in my family home. For a while it seemed kinda daggy but I don’t know, I think it might be getting a revival. After all, everything 90s is new again!
Covered with chalkboard paint, these coasters will not only protect your table from icky watermarks but can also have messages written on them! So you can use them as place cards at a dinner party or just to write little love notes to friends and family over breaky. Cute, quick and easy – let’s get cracking!
To get started, you’ll need:
– MDF coaster rounds
– Chalkboard paint
– White-base acrylic paint (I’ll explain why below)
– Paintbrushes (fat and thin)
To start, cover your coasters with a coat of chalkboard paint. They’re all a little different, so make sure to follow the directions on your tin. And some varieties are oil-based so if yours is remember you’ll need mineral turpentine to clean your brushes!
Once you’ve applied a few coats and your coasters are fully dry, it’s time to crack out the folk art! I went for super simply options (I am a novice after all!) and just used a thin brush to make different strokes. Hearts are easy – just make two brush strokes coming towards each other in a triangle. And for the flowers (are they flowers? Let’s call them abstract…) I just combined brush strokes in pink and added some green to give the effect of leaves.
As I mentioned above, you’ll want to use paint with a white base to ensure it shows up on the black, otherwise you’ll have to do a bunch of coasts. So pastels are perfect for this project!
And that’s it! You’re done! Now you just have to bust out the chalk and pop some words on these cuties!