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Visual Journal Page 13: Tape

Visual Journal Page 13-Tape

Our first home is what you would call “move in ready.” The previous owners renovated, updated, and painted every room using nice shades of neutral.

While house shopping it was nice to walk into a space I could visualize myself in. There was no off putting color, family pictures, or personal mementos to distract me from seeing it as my future home. This made me fall in love with the house from the get go and made move in extremely easy.

Neutral goes with everything. While some rooms weren’t perfectly painted to match my decor, there was no immediate need for a fresh coat of paint. This allowed my focus to be on organizing and finding new spaces for my much beloved furniture and artwork. However, after a few months, the neutral tones began to get to me.

It started with the kitchen. I decided I wanted a nice bold color, and tried out many shades of green until Nick found the perfect color with the perfect name, “recycled glass.” Read about that process via visual journal inspiration here. Next, I moved to the dining room, which turned from a lovely light gray to a very bright turquoise. After the dining room I moved to the “office” space and converted the gray-blue to a light green. I then tackled our bedroom.

I tend to be attracted to bright, bold, and graphic sprinkled with a layer of old, antique, and peely in interior design. Sometimes this combination works in my favor and other times it is a disaster. Because of my past experiences, I was worried about my latest venture. I wanted to paint five wide, horizontal stripes in my bedroom. Not only was the design bold, but I wanted to use a dark gray and a light gray, a strong contrast, in a small space with very odd angles. Our bedroom is essentially the attic, which means the roof line invades both our master bedroom and bathroom spaces. It was either going to look beautiful and impressive or like a fun house.

I spent an entire weekend measuring, marking, taping, painting, watching paint dry, re-taping, painting, and finally the big reveal.

I was instantly in love. The stripes highlighted the interesting architecture in our room without making me feel like I was at a carnival. It was a bold design, but the soft neutrals complimented it well. It felt like a spa, a place to relax, and I loved it.

What was most astonishing about the entire process was the amount of blue painters tape it required to create the stripes. I was left with a ball of blue tape that could barely fit into my kitchen trashcan. As I packed up my painting supplies and disposed of the mess, that giant ball of blue tape almost felt like a trophy, a representation of my hard work that weekend.


  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Wall paint


To create this visual journal page I decided to recreate the stripe pattern in my visual journal using the actual wall paint I used. I once again took the time to measure and mark out stripes, and filled them in with shades of gray. After completing the background I began brainstorming ways I could convey the time and energy it took to paint those stripes, and my mind kept drifting back to the giant ball of painters tape. I decided I needed to recreate it using colored pencil.

I first used pencil to sketch out the tape shape, a single stripe running across the top to create a space to write, and a large ball of tape. I made sure to twist and intertwine my lines to make it look more three dimensional. I used various shades of blue to create a sense of depth in the tape. I started with darker shades, filling in color where the tape lines overlap. I slowly build up lighter and lighter blues, and finally added white to areas that needed bright highlights.

I cut out my tape drawing and used rubber cement to glue it to the page. I used sharpie to write “tape” to finish the look.


Create a visual journal project about your most recent DIY project.

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Craft Project: DIY Chalkboard

Craft Project-DIY Chalkboard Detail

If you haven’t heard of chalkboard paint yet, you must be living under a rock, or in another country that doesn’t carry chalkboard paint in their hardware stores. I have known about chalkboard paint for awhile, but I finally mustered up the courage, and the time to buy a pint and try it out for myself.

I am always looking for new projects to do in my house, and I have recently been focusing on my kitchen. We have been doing a lot of reorganization lately and I  just bought a new, bright blue, chrome trashcan. I love my trashcan and I decided I wanted to bring focus to it… and yes… I did say I want to bring focus to my trashcan. It is tall, skinny, bold blue, and it cost an arm and a leg. I spent over $100 on a trashcan, which makes me want to gag a little. It took me three years to gain the courage to spend that kind of money to upgrade from my white, plastic rubbish bin, to my beautiful shiny, blue beauty. It shows no stains, it conserves space, and it down right looks good.

After drooling over my trashcan for a few days I decided I needed to get started on re designing that corner of my kitchen. It previously held an old, red dry erase board, a set of decorative metal hooks, and our trash and recycle bins. After brainstorming I finally decided to make a giant, 5 1/2 X 3 feet chalkboard. Down came the wall hangings and out came the chalkboard paint.

This is what you need to complete this DIY chalkboard project…

  • Chalkboard paint
  • Painting supplies (brush, roller, paint tray)
  • Molding
  • A mitre saw (or something to cut 45 degree angles)
  • Nails and a hammer or liquid nails
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint (I used blue, brown, gray, black, and white)
  • Measuring tape
  • Level

I began by measuring out the space, using a level to make sure my lines were straight. Once I had my chalkboard size set, I started painting. I used a paintbrush to paint near my pencil lines (which was where I lined up the outside edge of the molding when I put it up) and a roller to paint the rest. In total I painted about three layers, allowing it to dry in between layers.

In between painting layers of chalkboard paint I was working on the molding. First I cut the molding to the appropriate lengths, and then cut the ends at 45 degree angles, in order to create a perfect frame. Once they were cut I took them outside and began spray painting.

I wanted a shabby chic look so I layered different colors of paint and then sanded it down in different areas to expose the layered colors. I started with blue, then added brown, black, gray, and finished with a white. Again, I allowed each layer to dry before I put anther on top. Because I added so many layers the paint began to wrinkle, which turned into a blessing in disguise. When I began sanding down the pieces, the wrinkled, raised areas of paint were also sanded which created a cracked pattern. The combination of the cracked and sanded areas of paint created the perfect shabby chic look. Unfortunately it is difficult to get a detail of the finished look because it is in a dark corner.

Craft Project-Homemade Chalkboard

After everything was dry I attached the molding to the wall with a combination of liquid nails and nails (slight overkill one method should do the trick). To finish of the project I picked up some chalk and added our grocery list!

Craft Project-DIY Chalkboard                 Craft Project- DIY Chalkboard












I love the outcome of this DIY chalkboard and it is a cheap, easy, weekend project! Thanks for visiting my blog and reading today’s post, please help me spread the word by sharing, commenting, and subscribing! Thanks for stopping by!