Chalk House

November 13, 2012  —  Written by Julia Marcum 

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I have been doing several commissioned chalk drawings lately, and last night I found some time to commission myself to do a simple line drawing of our house on an unstretched canvas that I painted with chalkboard paint last week.

First I primed the canvas with chalk and erased it lightly, leaving the surface with a good chalky look. I have been using semi-permanent chalk for the commissioned work and I love it.  It doesn’t erase without a good wet scrubbing, which means it ships well (whew!) and it is easy to put the drawings in a frame without worrying about smudging.  I used the same chalk marker for this drawing of our house and decided to put it in the frame where my DIY-Rothko was.

The next time we’re up by Ikea, I’ll most likely pick up a different frame.  Maybe a white one to coordinate with the family tree gallery wall over the couch.  But other than that, I’m calling this duo a wrap.

Do you have a drawing or painting of your casa on display?  I painted my parents’ homes for them one year for Christmas, but this simple chalkboard drawing just felt more “us.”

Psst. Interested in commissioning something similar?  Or another piece of art?  Shoot me an email at and let’s chat.

What do you think?

  1. Kim @ Yellow Brick Home says:

    Chalkboard on unstretched canvas. Freaking love it.

  2. kristine says:

    i love this! what an awesome piece. and you’ll love it forever.

  3. This looks fabulous!! I absolutely LOVE it!

  4. meaganbriggs3 says:

    THIS is amazing. I love it.

  5. Laura @ Chaotic Domestic says:

    I absolutely love this idea. It looks great!

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