Lebanon Junction Elementary School Arts and Humanities teacher Robyn Clemens has written a book that is available online.
Chalk Painting 101: Upcycle Furniture and Home Décor in 10 Easy Steps can be accessed by clicking on the above link:
“It is available in Kindle edition, can be read on any device with the Kindle App, or paperback,” she said. “Follow the Amazon link above to see both editions of the book.”
This is the first in a series of home décor books she is preparing. Chalk Painting 101 is a beginner level how-to guide to chalk painting.
“I have always had a knack for upcycling and repurposing vintage furniture,” Clemens explained. “When I started sharing my reimagined pieces on Instagram, I discovered that most people are hesitant to try chalk painting.”
Indeed, the comment she heard most often was, I’m not creative enough to do something like that!
Clemens put them as ease by stating chalk painting is a simple process anyone can do.
“My goal was to write an easy step-by-step guide that would lead my readers through the chalk painting process,” she said.
It took about seven months until Clemens produced a work she felt comfortable sharing with the public.
“I tried to share practical tips and painting techniques geared to beginners. My hope is that I will inspire people to put their own stamp on their home décor,” she said.
Chalk Painting 101: Upcycle Furniture and Home Décor in 10 Easy Steps is currently the #1 New Release in Furniture Design on Kindle and the paperback version is #24 in Furniture books.
The popularity has pleasantly surprised its author.
“To be honest, I was amazed by the positive Amazon reviews as well as the feedback and interest in my book,” Clemens smiled. “I’ve always had a passion for teaching art so I’m thrilled when people tell me my book inspired them to be creative.”
Now in her seventh year at LJES, Clemens disclosed that several students have been inspired by her online publication to attempt their hand at creative writing.
“At the beginning of each school year, I take time in class for my students to share art they have created over the summer,” she said. “My book was officially published on August 7th so I was excited to share the news with my art students. After I explained how I created my book, several students told me they would like to publish as well. One has already started creating characters for her first book so I’ve been walking her through the process. I have no doubt she will be a published author one day soon.”
Following up on her initial success, Clemens said the second book in her home décor series will focus on advanced painting techniques with chalk paint and is scheduled for availability on Amazon Spring 2018.
After graduating from North Bullitt High School, Clemens attended the University of Louisville and began her teaching career in 1992 at Mt. Washington Elementary.
Clemens has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Louisville and a Master of Arts in Education from Western Kentucky University. In July 2016, she earned an Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership and School Administration from Bellarmine as part of the first Bullitt County principal cohort.
“I teach because I was inspired by an extraordinary teacher when I was a kid growing up in Bullitt County. Her name is Shirley Lakes, and she was my fifth grade teacher at Overdale Elementary. I now have the privilege of teaching her grandson, Gaven. What a blessing!” she said.