Monday, 21 August 2017

An Interview with Kim from Chalk and Bess

This is my friend Kim, she's a mummy of 4 year old twins and shes just started her own Chalk board and sign business online. Have a look at Kim's facebook page here and be sure to enter this fantastic giveaway to win your own chalk board sign.

I asked Kim to tell me a little more about starting her own business and thought this would be great for other stay at home parents who hope to start up their own business too.

Why did you start Chalk and Bess?

I decided to set up a small business last autumn. I wanted something that I could do while the kids (4 year old twins Freddie and Martha) were at pre-school. I loved being a stay-at -home mum but need to channel my creativity and perhaps make some money along the way. I had been following some great designers and chalkboard artists on social media and thought I could turn my hand to that. I practised my hand-lettering alot before posting any of my boards online myself.

When and where do you work?

I try to work while the kids are at pre-school or when they are in bed. When I am making something I need to get into a kind of flow and with two 4 year olds hanging around there can be alot of interuptions. I work in the shed at the bottom of my garden which I have converted into a kind of studio. All parents need a place they can retreat to and the shed is my creative hide-out.

How do you come up with your designs?

Good question! Most of my designs are a collaboration between the client and me. I make a lot of Wedding Boards that incorporate the wedding colours and bouquet flowers. I also make Baby Boards and Name Boards that always custom designed and handmade. It's nice to think you are making something that people are going to give a as heartfelt gift or hang on the wall and look at everyday. 

What materials do you use?

I use Posca chalkpaint pens which I find easier to use than a brush. I also use different sizes of plyboard which I then paint in chalkpaint or varnish for a more natural look. 

Do you have any tips for anyone wanting to try hand -lettering?

Just give it a go? There are loads of tutorials online. Practise first to get your design exactly as you want. If you make a mistake with chalkpaint pens baby wipes are the best thing to erase mistakes. Find your style and just go with it. 

To be in with a chance of winning this chalkboard simply complete the rafflecopter below. Competition ends 29th August 2017. Good Luck!!!!

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  1. Is this open worldwide? Thank you!

  2. I absolutely love Posca pens! I am a bit addicted because they are so lovely to write with! Fab giveaway :) #dreamteam

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this fab giveaway. I'm so excited and can't wait to see the chalk board. It looks so pretty. Dx