Yes, I’m still here! 🙂 It’s been a busy last couple of weeks for me. In mid-August, I started a graduate program for Computer Science at Colorado Technical University. I’ve been thinking about going to graduate school ever since I got my undergraduate degree in Computer Science back in 2008, and I finally got around to looking into it at the start of summer. I wasn’t even seriously thinking about going back to school anytime soon; I was just looking into different programs and etcetera. But everything just sorta fell into place, and the next thing I know, I’m signing my life over in student loans. If you’re wondering why I decided to do this at my age (47), join the club, because I’m wondering too! I don’t have any specific career goals in mind with this degree or anything else like that. The only reason I’m doing it is because I got a really, really strong feeling to do so. Over the last few years I’ve learned to trust my gut no matter what, so I’m going with it despite the fact that I have no concrete reasons to do so. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out! 🙂 Anyways, I finished up my first course last week and I am on break until October 3rd.
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Okay, enough of all that! Let’s paint some dollar store leaves!
Crackled Chalk Paint Dollar Store Leaves Tutorial
- Dollar Store Leaves. They are the faux silk ones that come in a pack of 50.
- Folk Art Chalk Paint in White Adirondack and Parisian Grey where to buy
- Elmer’s Glue
- Paint Brushes
- Paint canvas or wax paper (so the leaves don’t stick underneath after the glue and paint dries)
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Once the glue is tacky to the touch, give the leaves a good, even coat of paint. Don’t paint a really thin coat because the color of the leaves will show through after it’s dry, but don’t paint a super thick coat either because you won’t get a lot of crackle. Expiriment with a couple of leaves before you paint all of them so you’ll know how heavy the coat of paint needs to be.
As you can see above, the crackling starts happening pretty fast! 🙂 Allow the leaves to dry completely- usually at least a few hours or overnight.
Use your leaves in any of your Fall décor- on wreaths, windows, garlands, you name it! I’m thinking of making a wreath with mine 🙂 And don’t forget to to check out part 2 and part 3 of the series for more inspiration!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please feel free to leave your thoughts and questions in the comments section below!