Polka Dot Halloween Pillow and A Spooky Chalkboard

Let me first tell you how crazy-excited I was to review Folk Art Multi Surface Paint and  
Handmade Charlotte Stencils the possibilities are endless!
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Blueprint Social, but as always, all opinions are 100% mine.

I used these exciting new products to create some fun projects I want to share with you
like this kinda-creepy little chalkboard for Halloween…

FolkArt® already has an amazing selection of glazes, paints and tools

but their FolkArt® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints are exactly what they sound like.  
Yep, you can use them on quite a few different surfaces with fabulous 
results.  Wood, glass, fabric, rigid plastic, styrofoam, metal…the list goes on.
I love that they are both dishwasher safe and machine washable too, and
can be found at your local Michaels store!
And, not only did FolkArt®  thrill me with the thought of one
paint for many surfaces, you can also turn anything into a chalkboard with
another great product: FolkArt® Chalkboard Multi-Surface Clear Coating.
Yep, mind-warping right?  Not chalkboard paint.
But a clear coat that turns anything into a chalkboard.
With some of the on trend FolkArt ® Handmade Charlotte™ Stencils (available at
Michaels too) , some paint
pouncers and a little Halloween excitement, here is what I made.
framed chalkboard.  This was super easy and other than the curing time, took about 30 
minutes to make.  Here is what I used:
-One picture frame with glass
-Creepy Dollar Tree crow (I love these things!)
-Spanish Moss
-Hot Glue
-One piece of matte black or sparkly card stock 
-Embellishment if desired
-White Chalk
-Jute Twine
-FolkArt ® Chalkboard Multi-Surface Clear Coating
I began by cleaning my glass as directed and applied a good coat of  FolkArt ® Chalkboard
Multi-Surface Clear Coating to the glass. After one hour I applied another coat, then allowed
the glass to cure for 24 hours.
The next day I popped the glass back into the frame and placed a piece of black sparkly card
stock behind it, trimmed to fit.  I glued each end of a piece of jute twine on the top two corners of 
the frame back, and glued a metal “31” embellishment to the front.  Next I attached the Spanish moss
and crow in the corner with more hot glue, and rubbed the side of my chalk over the surface of the 
painted glass to prep it for use.  I wiped off the excess chalk and decided that a simple “boo” was
all Mr. Crow needed since he already looked ominous enough perched atop my shabby chalkboard.
Easy right?
Are your wheels spinning over how many things you could use this on?
Mine have been!
Here is what I also made, this time with FolkArt® Multi-Surface Satin Acrylic Paints. 
I use acrylic paint with no fabric medium on fabric all the time, but I never like the way
it feels afterwards.  But since I use it on projects that won’t ever be washed,
I don’t worry too much about it.  This paint however is different.  Super rich and creamy colors,
and they load very well onto a paint pouncer.
What’s that? Do they bleed under the edges of the cool FolkArt ® Handmade Charlotte™ Stencils?
Here is how I made this cute & spooky little pillow:
-Enough unbleached muslin to cover a pillow form in your desired size, I used about 1/3 yard 
-Pillow form or pillow to upcycle

Folk Art Multi Surface Paint and Handmade Charlotte Stencils
-Paint pouncer

-Thin paintbrush
-Alphabet stencil or letters printed out found online and cut out to spell your word
-Gray Sharpie and hot glue
-Fabric scraps for rosettes 
I used the polka dot stencil to create this fun design, they were really use to use, and very 
easy to create a pattern without overlapping or spaces.  Next I used a light gray Sharpie
to outline each letter, and using a thin paintbrush filled each in with gray paint.
After the paint was dry I used the painted muslin to recover my rectangular pillow.
Next I used some fat quarters and fabric scraps in coordinating colors to make six 
rosettes and glued them along one side of the pillow.
And now I have some new spooky-but-not-scary Halloween decor kids of all ages can enjoy!

When do you start to think about Halloween every year? Do you make any costumes
or have special traditions to celebrate with friends and family?
I would love to hear your ideas, and cannot wait to see what you will be linking up 
to the Inspiration Monday party in the weeks to come!

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  1. I'm intrigued by the chalkboard clear coat, for sure! But I really love your color choices on the pillow and bunting. So cute!

  2. Everything is just adorable, Tanya! I love your fall decorating projects this year. They are all very inspiring and beautiful.

  3. Ok. Totally have to check out the clear coat chalkboard paint! And that pillow is gorgeous!!! Love it!

  4. you are lucky that I don't know your address, or else I would do a late night drive by and steal it all !!!! LOVE !!!!!

  5. LOVE this Tanya- seriously need to try painting/stenciling on burlap. Maybe tonight?!?!

  6. Tanya, Love the pillow! Yes, now Halloween is on my mind. Hmmm, perhaps some pillows are in my future. 😀

  7. I'm a new follower and am IN LOVE with your style. I'm also a self-proclaimed junker and re-doer of old things. Thank you for the new ideas and inspiration!

  8. Love the chalkboard with the crow! 🙂
    Stopped by from, From Dream To Reality Link party.


  9. ohhh i love that pillow!

  10. I love the pillow! I think we have a similar style when it comes to Halloween decor. 🙂

  11. I love what you have done. Please come show off your creativity at Frenzy Friday.
    We are at http://obsessiveandcreative.blogspot.com/2013/09/craft-frenzy-friday-5.html I will not be a party without you!.

  12. Love the pillow, love the chalkboard, love the little scary bird, love it all! I am so ready to get my Halloween on!

  13. As always….gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your Spooky pillow at my party. Stop by tomorrow to see it featured!
    House on the Way

  14. Love your spooky chalk board and crafty fabrics! My little pumpkins were featured too:) I posted scrappy note board this week. Stop by.

  15. By using black card stock does this mean you can change out colors? I'm new to chalkboard paint and intrigued with this project.

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties