This Christmas I decided to make something crafty for Blockette. She loves journals and notebooks to write and draw in. I thought that this Chalkboard journal from No.2 Pencil would be perfect.
Except that it wasn't.
I don't know what happened.
This time I followed the directions exactly. Not even taking a single short cut.
I even used 6 coats of Martha Stewart chalkboard paint compared to the 4 in the tutorial. Just in case.
I rubbed the surface with chalk and then wiped it off with a damp cloth. Just like the directions say.
Then I wrote on the journal cover. Seemed fine. I erased it with a dry cloth.
So I wrapped it and it sat around for a week.
Blockette was so excited when she opened it along with a brand new box of colored crayola brand chalk.
So of course she grabbed a piece of chalk and went to town on the cover to see if it worked.
This is what happened:
If you look in the upper right hand corner you can see 2 games of tic tac toe she played with her father.
They will NOT come off.
I tried wiping it off with a dry cloth and paper towel.
Then I made it damp.
Neither thing got the chalk off.
I even tried rubbing more chalk on the cover with the side of the piece of chalk. All that did was scratch the cover and change the hue to a slightly different shade of blue.
I don't know why it scratched the cover. I wasn't using my super Hulk like strength super powers or anything. Just a light gentle hand. Maybe I AM the Hulk?
Any tips or suggestions about what I might have done wrong? Or what I can do to fix this craft disaster?