New medium allows creativity at all ages and skill levels

GRAFTON—As many folks are already aware, the Taylor County Arts Council takes pride in providing art in all forms to the residents of the county. Well, they are back at it again, hosting a unique form of artistic expression.

The council will be welcoming Cindy Stull, a mentor and Independent Designer for Chalk Couture and owner of Cindy-Lou’s Front Porch Chalkin, to lead a Chalk Couture Inked T-shirt class on Friday, January 25, beginning at 6:30 p.m., in the classroom of Gallery 62 West.

During the class, which costs $15, participants will be able to choose from a variety of reusable transfers along with several colors of ink to create a one-of-a-kind t-shirt of their very own.

“This class will be a learning experience for the young and young at heart and is the perfect class for any crafter level,” Stull shared.

She revealed that she will be teaching participants about the inks and pastes, how to properly care for the reusable transfers and how to create a one-of-a-kind design.

“Before the class is over, those in attendance will have learned about a new and fast-growing company, as well as designed and created a shirt they will be proud to wear,” Stull noted.

Participants are asked to bring their own shirt to design on. According to Stull, t-shirt material works the best. Once the designs are complete, the shirts will be heat set to allow class goers to wear it repeatedly, wash after wash.

But what exactly is Chalk Couture?

Chalk Couture is a do-it-yourself craft product line that allows users to decorate their homes with versatility and uniqueness.

“Chalk Couture offers an exclusive product line that no one else offers,” she explained. “With new products coming out monthly, and amazing career plan and a great opportunity that is revolutionizing home décor, Chalk Couture is giving everyone something to ‘chalk’ about!”

The craft line features inks and pastes that allow for easy removal from surfaces when individuals are ready to create a new masterpiece, according to Stull.

She revealed that the transfers are not like the typical stencils that are purchased from retail stores but are an adhesive silkscreen that can be used on multiple surfaces and multiple times.

“I have been with the company since February 2018 and have fallen in love with the product,” Stull shared. “It can be used on multiple times on chalkboards, windows, mirrors, tile, whiteboards, appliances, painted furniture, apparel, pillows and so much more. I have even chalked the back of my car to let people know I’m a Chalk-a-holic!”

This is not Stull’s first trip to the gallery to provide chalking classes, and she said she is excited to be back.

She further revealed that she was busy throughout the months of October, November and December teaching lantern classes in Taylor, Preston, Barbour and Monongalia Counties.

“I am always excited to book classes for individuals,” shared Stull. “You can either book a party for you and our friends at your house or any other place of choice, or you can find classes throughout the year to attend.”

For more information on Chalk Couture or the t-shirt class, to reserve a seat, or to join Stull’s team, please contact her on Facebook at Cindy-Lou’s Front Porch Chalkin or email her at [email protected]