Black Cat Chalkboard

By  Vera Collier 

size: 19"x10-1/4"

  • Black Cat Chalkboard


  • Creative Arts Lifestyle Rustic Rectangle, 19”x10-1/4”
  • Wooden plaque, 2”x3”
  • Rusty wire


  • Loew-Cornell La Corneille Golden Taklon Paintbrushes: Series 7330C Curved Flat, #10, 18; Series 7350 Liner 10/0; Series 700C Round #2, 4; Series 247 Crescent 3/8”; Series 270 Maxine’s Mop 1/2”; American Painter Series 4600 Oval Wash 1”
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Bahama Blue, Black Plum, Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Canyon Orange, Lamp Black, Light Buttermilk, Marigold, Moon Yellow, Pansy Lavender, Peony Pink, Soft Black
  • DecoArt Americana: Chalkboard Paint, Extender, Traditions Multi-Surface Sealer, Duraclear Matte Varnish, Faux Finishing Medium
  • General Pencil Pastel Chalk Pencil
  • Krylon Workable Fixatif
  • Tacky glue

Basic Supplies

  • palette paper, paper towels, container of water, tracing and transfer paper, cotton swabs, wire cutters, power drill

Pattern - Black Cat Chalkboard

  • 1. Basecoat rectangle (1:1) mixture of Black Plum and sealer. Let dry. Apply (1:1) mixture of extender and faux medium over entire surface. Basecoat area where cat is painted Bahama Blue using oval wash. Add Pansy Lavender, Black Plum, Soft Black to cat area, moving brush in crosshatch motion to blend colors. Let dry over night.
  • 2. Print out full-size pattern. Transfer cat, pumpkin, and saying onto surface. Basecoat cat Lamp Black. Basecoat pumpkin Canyon Orange and Burnt Orange. Let dry.
  • 3. Mix (1:1) mixture of Peony Pink and Burnt Sienna; paint inner cat ears and nose. Basecoat eyes Moon Yellow. Float Burnt Sienna shading at top of eye before painting pupil.
  • 4. Highlight above cat's eyes, top of cheeks, right side of tail, both sides of body, top of feet, and line to separate legs Pansy Lavender.
  • 5. Pull hair up from cat's ears, sides of face, and curve of tail with thinned Lamp Black using liner.
  • 6. Shade inside of cat's ears and bottom of nose with Black Plum using curved flat. Highlight top of nose and dot pupils Light Buttermilk.
  • 7. Shade back sections and on either side of center section on pumpkin Burnt Orange; strengthen highlight lines using Burnt Sienna. Shade under cat's feet, and bottom of pumpkin Burnt Sienna. Add stronger shading under cat's feet Soft Black. Drybrush centers of pumpkin sections Marigold using crescent. Add small reflected light highlight to pumpkin by floating Pansy Lavender on side edges.
  • 8. Basecoat eyes, nose, and mouth on pumpkin Marigold; shade Burnt Sienna. Lightly outline facial features with thinned Soft Black using liner.
  • 9. Basecoat cat's collar Burnt Orange and charm Light Buttermilk. Shade right side of charm Soft Black. Shade sides of collar Burnt Sienna; strengthen shading with Soft Black. Drybrush center of collar Marigold using crescent. Paint "C" on cat charm Lamp Black using liner.
  • 10. Basecoat plaque with two coats of chalkboard paint, letting each coat dry between applications. Outline edges of plaque Burnt Orange using liner.
  • 11. Transfer lettering onto surface. Using sharpened chalk pencil, outline thicker letters and fill in design using circular motion. Use damp cotton swab to clean edges if needed.
  • 12. Spray entire chalkboard with fixative in a well-ventilated, newspaper-covered area. Let dry.
  • 13. Apply several coats of matte varnish to painted areas on chalkboard. Let dry.
  • 14. Adhere plaque to chalkboard. Drill holes to top of board; thread wire through holes and wrap ends around length to hang. Curl wire ends around pencil.
  • Tip
  • 1. When writing in chalk, put a clean piece of tracing paper under your hand to avoid smudging the lettering.