Arabic Chalkboard Vase {Tutorial}

I sneak in Arabic around our house as often as I can and this chalkboard vase allows me a chance to do it with names of Arabic colors.

I received the chalkboard paint as a Plaid Ambassador and have used it before on multiple projects around our home. We added it to my daughter’s lunchbox so I can leave her messages, we painted it on a lazy suzan so I can write down what we were having and used it as a writing block.

We’ve used it on several other projects as well that are listed on the bottom and it is really great how there is still so much left to do with that little bottle.

Follow along as we used chalkboard paint to help learn our Arabic colors.

Supplies

Make sure your glass vase has been cleaned and is thoroughly dry before you apply the tape. We didn’t measure where to put it, just about a few inches from the bottom.

Tear off the tape to make sure there is overlap, then go over with your fingertips to remove any air bubbles. Especially around the bottom edge.

Use the sponge brush to add the chalkboard paint to the glass vase. We waited a few hours, then added another coat. Then another.

We left the vase alone for a few days, then followed the instructions on the paint bottle on how to condition our surface.

Once we wiped all the chalk off, our vase was ready to use. Here I’ve written the Arabic for white flower: زهرة بيضاء

Reminder: Arabic is read right to left, so زهرة is Arabic for flower and بيضاء is Arabic for white.

I have to admit that it is a bit harder to write on a rounded surface, but with time, I think I can get it down. Now when we change out the white flower for a different one next week, I can practice again on that color.

Stop by these other fun chalkboard tutorials

Ramadan Chalkboard Sting Art {Tutorial}

Eid Sheep Magnet {Tutorial}

Make sure to visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterst to see other tutorials to help teach Arabic.

Arabesque Quilling Art Show {Resource}

I have been working on quilled artwork for an upcoming arabesque quilling art show I have exhibiting at an art gallery in Seattle.

The show will open on December 6th with an annual holiday party from 5-8pm and will be located at the Suzanne Zahr, Art & Architecture Gallery on Mercer Island.

All six pieces are brand new and were created within the last few months.

Quilled Orange Khatam

Quilled Green Khatam

Quilled Blue Allah

Quilled Pink Allah

Quilled Finding Beauty

Quilled Finding Peace

I hope you get a chance to see them in person by visiting at 2441 76th Ave SE, Ste 160, Mercer Island, Washington 98040.

Feel free to stop by these other quilling resources

Quiling

Quilling

Khatam Garden Rocks {Tutorial}

We have a few families coming over this week so I created a kids area for them to paint these metallic khatam garden rocks.

Khatam is the Arabic word for eight point stars.

I had seen a similar craft with letters in an old craft book from years ago but now can’t find the original source. I do remember being mesmerized by the gold paint that was used. At the time, the only options to create such a rock gem would have been use to use gold leaf. Now, crafters have the easy use of craft paint that is in metallic colors, like the paints I recently received as a Plaid Ambassador.

To make the gathering go smoothly, I’ve written out the instructions before hand and will leave all the supplies. It will be exciting to see what develops over a day of crafting.

Supplies

We washed & dried our rock before we got started. After we made sure it was thoroughly dry, my daughter cut out two square pieces of painters tape. She placed both, offsetting one to created an eight point star, on the rock. She then drew out the design in pencil before removing the tape.

My daughter used the paintbrush to add three coats of the metallic paint.

Here is what the final khatam garden rock looks like.

It will be fun to see the different sizes that kids will create. I also plan on leaving out blue & white paints to create Nazar rocks.

Stop by these other fun tutorials on how to craft with nature:

Alhamdulillah Rocks {Tutorial}

Arab World Rocks {Tutorial}

Visit A Crafty Arab on Pinterest to see more craft tutorials.