Monday, October 1, 2012

Tutorial: Clipboard Art & Giveaway Winner

Make A Clipboard Its Own Work Of Art

Hey there peeps. Happy Monday. I hope this finds you well.

If you read yesterday's post, you know I was dabbling in a little paint this weekend. It being a perfectly rainy weekend for crafting, I started with started with some of my driftwood sticks and then moved on to another blank canvas so to speak.  A clipboard. This one was a mini clipboard, but I have larger ones I'll be doing jazzing up (oh man, did I just say jazzing up? now all I can think of is jazz hands!) much in the same way.

What you'll need:

clipboard of any size
smaller craft paint brushes
painters tape
acrylic craft paint in various colors

Now for the easy as pie steps:

Keep in mind that I went over each area a couple of times to get more opaque colors.

Oh yeah, I just said snazzy too. Shazaam!

At this point I added some hand painted embellishments, like dots and dashes wherever I saw fit.


Pick out something to feature on your clipboard.....a photo, a piece of art, a souvenir, or what have you, and hang on wall.

Painted clipboard = love.

This was a very easy project and perfect for a Sunday afternoon. I will be doing it again and I see other possibilities for this project.  I'll share when I've had a chance to try them out.


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I hope you're sitting down Io Sophia, because you are the winner of $180+ in handmade and vintage prizes. I've contacted you via email so keep an eye out!

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Just in case any of you are wondering, YES, there is another giveaway in the works and it will be announced as soon as I've got the details pinned down. Needless to say, I think you're going to love it.
Have a super day,


  1. I love that clipboard idea. Your designs are so simple, yet it makes the clipboard look contemporary. Thanks for sharing the direction to create it.
    Everyday Inspired

    1. fun, right? simple is good. next time i just need to rub down the edge of the tape one more time so there's no stray edges. either way though, i still love it.

  2. Replies
    1. She is VERY excited. A little floored right now, I think! Always fun to tell someone they won loads of awesome stuff.

  3. Your clipboard turned out so cute! Thanks for the great idea! :)

    1. the clipboard paint project is definitely a keeper Amanada. it was fun way to while away sometime on a rainy sunday.

  4. Congrats Sophia!

    This clipboard idea is great! I may just have to snazz up my clipboard for newsletter sign-ups at outdoor fairs :) Thanks for the idea!

    1. Oh yea, so doing some of these for signage at craft fair! and to sell :)

  5. Congratulations Sophia!!! Thanks for including my ladybugs along with all of the AWEmazing goodies. I LOVE your clipboard and again I am loving your color choices :)

    1. No amy, thank YOU for being such a generous sponsor and offering 2 ladybug pillows. so darn cute.

      i am loving the painted clipboard too. can't wait to do more.

  6. Sophia o sofia?????hihihi

    1. Hi Sofia, wish I could say it was you, but the winner is Lo Sophia (nurinia). :( Better luck next time! More giveaways to in the works that will be announced soon.


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