You guys. The best thing happened a couple weeks ago:
Okay, so that photo probably means basically nothing to anyone but me. Basically, KC, my amazing neighbor, AKA @leavingamarkphoto, tagged me in a comment on this Instagram post. It was love at first sight, I followed @valeriemckeehan (and, subsequently, her other account, @lilyandval), I spent more time than I should admit
stalking admiring every gorgeous chalk art picture in her feeds, and the rest is history.
In the midst of said admiring, I noticed a few pictures of a book I had seen online before…and when I suddenly realized the correlation — by Valerie McKeehan, @valeriemckeehan (my husband is probably mentally chiming in with some comment about my “pretty blonde hair” about now!) — I immediately ordered my very own copy of The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. Thanks, Amazon Prime.
Photo by @valeriemckeehan
…and the obsession only continued. The second that book showed up in our mailbox, Mike knew I was a goner. Seriously though. This book is full of thorough tutorials alongside stunning photos of McKeehan’s work. Aaaaand…that’s not all! It comes with built-in practice chalkboards. Aaaaaaaaaand…the practice chalkboards fold out so I can practice any tutorial I want while I’m reading! So. Much. Genius. She covers everything from fonts to shading to layout, and everything in between. Life goals.
Essentially, if you love chalkboard art, I 100% recommend purchasing this book. $14.82 well-spent — because, seriously, WHY would anyone buy the $9.99 Kindle version of this book?! No practice chalkboards, people!
At the risk of coming across as totally creepy (too late, you say?), I have to share a little copycat chalkboard I whipped out this weekend. Thanks for the inspiration, Valerie McKeehan — not only are we loving our new dining room art, but we are also feeling inspired to try out a homemade pumpkin pie. Recipe experiment post is coming your way soon!
Here’s the original, courtesy of (who else?) @valeriemckeehan:
I think it’s safe to say I’m chalking this up to a good purchase.