Right up front I feel the need to apologize for my absence the past couple of weeks.  It was the end of the school year around here and if you want to know what that was like, (while getting a good laugh), go read this: Worst End of School Year Mom Ever.  It’s OK.  I’ll wait till you get back.

While you’re wiping the tears of laughter out of your eyes, I will tell you a true story:  I had just finished reading that blog post and one of my teenagers came home from school and said, “Hey Mom, so, I know we have my sister’s voice recital in a hour and I know you’re in the middle of making dinner, but I need a top hat, mustaches, and a beard for my group for our music video for our English project and we need them tonight.”  I’m pretty sure I quoted the author of the article at that point…

In any event, we were just keeping our heads above water around here but now that school’s out and mini band camp is over, here I am! 

Onto the gallery wall–in my entry way we have this large wall that I’ve needed to do something with, well, forever.  I love the look of canvas pictures on the wall and that was my original plan, but I changed my mind for two reasons:  First, with frames I can change out the pictures whenever I want without having to order different canvases and without having to store the other canvases.  Second, I realized I could have some fun with the photos themselves if I put them under a layer of glass!

I love to doodle.  I’m not actually super good at it, but I sure whiled away a number of math classes doodling away on my Pee Chee folders.  My son loves dry erase markers.  Combine these two loves and you have my new obsession:  Doodling on my gallery wall.

I have to apologize in advance for the photos–it was hard to get an up close photo without lots of glare.  But you get the idea, right?  Use dry erase markers to doodle frames, outlines, add words, draw flowers/stars/hearts, or whatever your heart desires.  Then when you change the photo, wipe it off and start again!

Or let your teenager doodle on their own photo:


After I put these on the wall, I came across these:

Chalk Ink Markers

These can be used on non-porous surfaces like the glass of your gallery frames.  These markers are what the restaurants use to make their chalkboard menus.  They come in bright colors too, but the thought of doodling in white on my frames makes me deliriously happy.  (note: do not use these pens on porous surfaces like chalkboard paint.  I’m told that will not make you deliriously happy).  And good news!  The chalk ink wipes off with wet wipes! 

And one final tip:  If you don’t get to wiping off your frames the ink can have a tendency to want to “stick around.”  If that happens, a little rubbing alcohol on a cloth will remove it easy peasy.

Give it a try!  Happy doodling!

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