Faux chalkboard background on a layout

Hello there! Today I want to share a really quick layout I put together that uses a really fun faux chalkboard technique.

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Of course, there's chalkboard paint out there, but you probably know by now I'm all about maximizing my supplies and using what I have to create different looks. So instead, I'm taking a really easy way out and using just plain old watercolors.

All you have to do is take a big brush and mix in some water into the black part of your palette.

Tip: Since water mutes down colors, try to use as little water as possible while still letting the color flow so that you'll have as close to a dark grey/black color as possible.

If your color still isn't as dark as you'd like, let it dry before adding another coat.

I did this all on white watercolor paper, but then decided that I wanted to have this watercolor/chalkboard look on a subtly patterned paper (from Chickaniddy). I just cut out the watercolor piece by hand, making sure to keep in some of the streak shapes, but didn't mind if there was some white showing through. Since my patterned paper is a pretty light color, it won't be too distracting in the end and saves me a lot of trouble.

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When this was all done, it was pretty simple to finish my layout - I used embellishments from the My Mind's Eye Market Street collection and penned in my journaling with a Uniball Signo white gel pen.

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And that's it! Super easy way to make a faux chalkboard background for a layout, and you probably already have a simple watercolor set so you don't have to go out and buy special paint! Hope this inspires you to try this effect and let me know how it works if you do!