Fall has a way of making my thoughts turn inward. I start to contemplate all the things that I have in my life and maybe it's because the holidays are coming, but I feel very thankful for the people in my life.
(Don't mind the mess. My table is my office.)

When I started this project I was starting with a blank slate. Literally! I had a really great frame around a picture that I didn't really love. The picture didn't go with anything in my house, but I knew I wanted to keep the frame. So, instead of hunting for just the right sized picture to put into it I decided to just repurpose it. I taped off the interior part and painted it with 2 coats of chalkboard paint. Sorry, no before pics, but I'm sure you get the gist.
Anyway, I knew that I wanted to come up with one word that described my emotions for my home and family. The word that kept coming to mind was...
Grace means that I am grateful to be blessed with such a wonderful family and for all that I have. It also means that I am thankful.

I started by putting in the dimensions of the inner space and making it slightly smaller than the actual size. This gave me a good visual representation of what it would look like when it was put together. I played with fonts and finally decided on this one. As you can see by my scribbling at the bottom of the paper, I note the font name so if I want to go back and change it I don't have to look through everything to find it again.
Once I had it printed out I positioned it so the center of the words was in line with the center of the picture frame. I have it slight above the center horizontally, but I wanted this in case I decided to add a scroll underneath. Originally I put wax paper under it to transfer the letters, but microwaveable wax paper doesn't have enough wax on it to do it. So, after scratching around I found a white transfer sheet and used a pen to transfer the design.

You can see the outline here that I am filling in using a handy-dandy paint pen with a fine point. I love these things. I can't imagine if I had to do it with a fine brush like my Mum used to use. I was careful to work left to right, top to bottom, to make sure that I didn't smudge it. It looks a bit translucent, very much like chalk. If you want it more solid you can go over it again once it dries.
Warning! I would not recommend drinking large amounts of Mountain Dew before doing letter.
This is my final product! I'm in love with it. I may decide to add the scroll later, but for now I'm happy with it. If you want to protect it I would spray with poly, but it really doesn't need it.


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