~Today's craft: make a Laura Ingalls School Slate!~
This slate frame will be engraved, to look like Laura did it!
" I don't care what that Nelly Olson says. The Lord blessed Pa's harvest, and my Pa is best. Laura Ingalls."
~Carved engravings on the frame~
They don't have to be perfect, remember, it is supposed to look like a child did it.
"L.I. AGED 7 YRS. 1874"
Mixing capital letters with small letters makes it look more naive. Also, putting an engraved letter backwards adds to the child like effect.
1. You need a wooden frame from the dollarstore. One with defects is even better! (note top right corner)
I used an 8 x 10.
2. Remove the glass from the frame, and sand the corners round. The rounder the better.
SHORTCUT: You may also use a slate as is. But alas, (sigh) I live in Quebec, where craft supplies are NIL.
LOL. Yes. Here in the Montreal region, you can get stuff for jewelry making, and painting supplies, put a slate? Are you kidding me? I am serious. Do you know how hard I have to look to find stuff to make primitives? Anyways. Enough complaining. Lol. Besides. This was more fun. I love beating stuff up, and transforming things.
7. Once dry, apply a mix of tan and black to make a greyish old wood colour over this, not filling in the inscription. Pass the colour over top of it. Try not to make it monotone. Leave some black, add light grey tan and dark grey tan.
Cut the blackboard paper slightly larger than you need, apply slowly from one corner, smoothing out air bubbles as you go. Trim with an exacto knife.(razor blade).
10. Rub the frame with furniture polish, and put it all together!