If you have children (and maybe even if you don’t) you often find yourself overloaded with the stuff of craft. All of it precious (at least in the eye of the beholder) and none of it reaches the recycling bin without a good deal of angst and sometimes a few tears. Or you get smart, and sneak it out in the night. We redid this nook awhile back and turned it into a display area for art projects of the 2D and 3D kind. We painted the back with chalkboard paint and purchased pricey chalk markers like the kind your favorite neighborhood coffee shop writes their latte prices with. The markers were gorgeous and fun, but the drywall was a little too porous, so they were hard to erase and they didn’t work as well on a vertical surface – they operate like a paint pen, so they really need to be used on horizontal planes. Plus, once they were used a lot they dried up, and at $30+ a set they just weren’t practical to keep replenishing. So when I finished up the magnetic wall across the way I re-coated this wall and we changed some things around. We’re going to try and rotate things in and out more often – like maybe once every other week. This will be where we display that oil and water experiment that came home from school this week and the countless cardboard tube sculptures that are made around here, like this gigantic giraffe.
I haven’t done the blog feature “Free Friday Gallery” in a long while – but I might bring that back again, and take an occasional photo of the changing scene here. This weekend I’ll have E use the chalk to title and identify some of the projects here. And then we’ll work on creating some more.