Hello friends! Please welcome our November guest designer Anna Mahtani. Anna is a regular name among our hop lists and she has wowed us time and time again with her gorgeous work. If you were one of the lucky participants of the Craft Your Life – Holiday Extravaganza 2021, you already know how wonderful she is as she was our last instructor of the day! Anna is also one of our Altenew Certified Educators and hosts regular workshops at her resort in Manila and now has dipped her feet into the world of virtual workshops too! You can find out more about the Altenew Educator Certification Program HERE.
Get to know Anna
Hi from Manila, Philippines! I’m Anna Mahtani. I’m so honored to be featured today in Altenew’s mixed media blog. I have been an avid paper crafter ever since I can remember – origami, scrapbooking, decoupage, paper mache… Around five years ago, I got into cardmaking. My first ever clear stamp set was Altenew Spring Daisy and have been hooked on Altenew ever since. Last April 2020, I became a certified Altenew educator. When I’m not crafting, I work for my family resort business as Managing Director. I am CraftyAnna Studio on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube.
Anna's Chalkboard Art
Today’s project is inspired by Chalkboard Art. If you are unfamiliar with “Chalkboard Art”, it is an art that is text-heavy with an emphasis on hand-drawn designs & lettering using chalk. For this project, I am repurposing an old clipboard made from a very thick chipboard. I will be using the Eucalyptus Jar stamp set as this set has a variety of large & wordy sentiments as well as a beautiful image of Eucalyptus leaves in a jar.
First, I painted the clipboard with two coats of black chalkboard paint. I let it dry then prepped it with anti-static powder. I mounted the large Eucalyptus Jar stamp on an acrylic block, inked it up generously with embossing ink, then stamped it on the left side of the clipboard. I sprinkled it with Pure White Crisp embossing powder then heat set it. Then I took the largest sentiment from the set and mounted it too on an acrylic block, inked it with embossing ink, sprinkled it with embossing powder, and heat set.
I also added a leaf branch flourish above and below the sentiment. This leaf branch is from an Altenew classic stamp set, called Henna Elements. I added the table by drawing lines across with an embossing pen and then used the same embossing powder to heat set it. I then double-stamped the images with white pigment ink, slightly offsetting it. This gave it a more hand-drawn look and feel.
To create additional interest, I took some Woodless Watercolor pencils and colored the Eucalyptus jar image, and then also highlighted the larger words in the sentiment with different colors. The pencils looked like colored chalk against the black matte background. Then I used a small blending tool with some white pigment ink and lightly dabbed it all over the edges and areas around the sentiment and images. I just made sure I dabbed off some of the white pigment ink on a clean piece of cloth before taking it to the project. To protect my project from smudging, I sprayed it with a matte fixative to seal in the design.
This clipboard now hangs in my craft room as a decorative piece of Chalkboard Art. I hope you were inspired to give this project a try!
WOW! Anna! This looks so good!! Love how you completely changed the look of the plain ol' clipboard! Kudos! Thank you so much for being our guest designer. We can not wait to see what you will bring to us the next time!
Crafty people, please let Anna know in the comments how much you liked her project, we are sure she would love to know your thoughts! And make sure you check out her Instagram and give her a follow.
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