It still feels like Winter in the northeast and I think the Easter Bunny is still hibernating. I am trying not to let the winter-like temps bother me, but Easter is not Easter without a bunny. To remedy this, I created a cousin for the Easter bunny. One that will stay warm and enjoy Easter brunch with my family and I on Sunday. Brunch is going to be pot luck style so I don’t have a lot of prep work to do. I do however always like to make my dining room holiday-ready and created an Easter chalkboard art in 3D.
At Christmas time, I placed a tall chalkboard in between the windows in my dining room. After I erased the Christmas image I had drawn on it, I hung a boxwood wreath over the board using a thumbtack and fishing line to add some interest. I left it like that until earlier this week when I added a Happy Easter message.
My original plan was to draw a rabbit face on the chalkboard in the center of the wreath. When I did so, it looked too small. I liked the idea of a rabbit in the wreath and had to think awhile to come up with a new plan.
I recently got a Dell Venue 8 7840 Tablet. The tablet has 3 camera lenses instead of only one. This ables it to capture many focal points in one image. I have been reading all about how to work the camera and I think that new knowledge created some magic. When I started thinking of a new plan for the chalkboard, a synapse fired and the idea of making a 3D rabbit came to me. A rabbit drawn with chalk on black card stock so he would look like he was still part of the chalkboard, but also look like he is about to hop out of the wreath.
I wrote a few weeks ago about how I use my new tablet as a reader, but it has many more features. I showed Ed all the bells and whistles of the Intel RealSense Technology so he can use it too. I took this photo of him setting up a shot of the chalkboard.
You have to hold the tablet very still to get a good shot. It comes with a timer so after you press the shutter button, you have time to hold the camera still before it takes the photo. When I took the photos of the room, I used a chair as a tripod to keep the tablet still.
RealSense Technology allows you to create the illusion of depth in an image simply by touching your finger tip to any part of the image on the screen. It magically changes the image’s focus even after the photo is taken. I touched the rabbit for the shot on the left and he came into focus. Touch the flowers and they come into focus and the rabbit and the background fades. No fancy camera needed to get a softened background in your photos. Once I liked the photos, I saved them to my photo gallery and sent them to my email so I could post them.
I hand sketched the Happy Easter lettering simply by line drawing a basic letter and then adding a downstroke of chalk to each. I then filled in the areas between the downstrokes to create the thick letters. To learn more on how to do this, check out this post I wrote on hand lettering.
How to Make 3D Chalkboard Art Using an Easter Bunny
- rabbit sketch or photo
- black card stock
- white chalk
- Optional: ribbon for bow tie and a hot glue gun/glue stick
I used my tablet to find an image of a rabbit to use on my chalkboard. Google and Pinterest have many free printable rabbit images for you to use. There are many to choose from.
Another good place to find images to trace for chalkboard art are children’s books, especially coloring books. They have large simple black and white line drawings that are perfect for transferring to a chalkboard. The Dollar Store is a great resource for these.
The rabbit in this image had the perspective of a rabbit that I was looking for with his front paws out in front so he could sit inside the wreath. I liked it, but I was looking for a more sophisticated sketch of a rabbit.
I found this. Credit goes to the artist, Halpenske. That was all the info I could find about them and that they traced this image from a photograph. I enlarged the image and printed it using my computer printer.
I didn’t want to copy every part of the image, I only wanted to use it as a guide. I wanted less detail in the rabbit and drew over the printed image to simplify it a little. I darkened the areas I wanted to use and made the two front legs longer so I would be able to sit the rabbit in the wreath.
I seasoned a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ black card stock with white chalk. This makes the paper look more like a real chalkboard. Simply rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire piece of paper, then blur it by rubbing over with a soft dry cloth.
To transfer the image to the black card stock, turn the image face down and rub the back of the paper the image is on with chalk. Use the side of the chalk to make large broad strokes. Go over the paper a few times to make sure you get enough chalk on it.
Flip the drawing over and lay it on the black card stock. Draw over the image with a pencil. Press hard as you draw over the lines, but not too hard as you don’t want to make an impression in the paper.
Once you have drawn over all the lines, turn the paper over to reveal the transferred image.
Cut out with a pair of scissors. Cut along the inside line of each leg a few inches so that once the rabbit is in the wreath you can bring the legs out to the front.
Every bunny needs a little Easter finery on Easter. I tied an 8″ piece of ribbon into a bow and hot glued it under his face. Now he is ready for Easter Brunch.
Place the bunny into the wreath and pull his front legs out and over the front of the wreath so he looks like he is about to hop out.
If you would like to know more about drawing and writing on chalkboards, I have a few posts where I share more tips:
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