I found the Chalk Blox Kit on sale at Tuesday Mornings. It came with (2) 8×8 blocks and (2) wood pegs. One each that goes into a pre-drilled whole that acts as a stand for the finished project. I purchased white and red polka-dot tissue paper, acrylic white paint, Modge Podge (for paper), red & white twine, and dark wax to age the block (I had Annie Sloan brand on hand so that is what I used.)
I first painted the block with the acrylic white paint, allowed it to dry completely then lightly sanded the entire block. Using a ruler edge I tore the tissue paper. I did not want a smooth edge and it didn’t need to be perfectly square so I just went for it. I knew I wanted the paper slightly smaller than the block so that it would have a bordered affect. The tissue will wrinkle. I let it dry for about 1/2 hour and then took a new smooth soft sponge (dry) and lightly rubbed out the bubbles and wrinkles the best I could. It does flatten down after it dries completely. Once this step had time to dry over night I sanded the entire block again. Taking care over the tissue area. I did not want to tear or disturb the surface too much. I sanded the edges and corners more to give an aged look to the project.
While I was waiting for paint and Modge Podge glue to dry, I found an old dishcloth that I had picked up at a rummage sale a few years back. It has a loose weaved thread count. I knew I wanted to fray the edges. I traced a heart design using a wood heart I have for another project as a pattern.
I then sewed over the penciled pattern using a zigzag stitch. I cut on the outer edge leaving a good 1/4 inch (if not a little more) to allow for the fray work and trimming the ends after. For the lettering I used an image transfer technique using transparency film.
I tea died the string because I wanted it to have an aged appearance as well. It took an hour or so for the whole process. Again, I did this while waiting for the block to dry. The last step before putting everything together is to apply wax to the entire block. Rub on, rub off until you get the look you like. This adds an aged finish to the project.
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