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Nancy Pochis Bank
One of Bank's chalkboards for Nike.

For roughly $20, a quart of chalkboard paint can be rolled or brushed onto the back of a door or a mudroom wall--and it?s a great way to encourage creativity around the house. (We use our kitchen chalkboard for announcing that we?ll be serving up, say, seafood stew tonight.)

If you?re a chalkboard newbie, Chicago artist Nancy Pochis Bank can teach you the tools of the trade.

Bank has created charming chalk murals for everyone from Nike stores around the city to our favorite new lunch spot in Lincoln Park, and she also does chalkboard designs for kids? birthday parties and weddings.

For $75 an hour (with a four-hour minimum), Bank will come to your house and create a custom mural on your chalkboard surface--one family even hires her to switch it up as the seasons change. (Email Bank here or call 773-297-5643.)

If you?d rather DIY your chalk masterpieces, book one of Bank?s workshops during your next private party or corporate event. For about $600 for three hours--plus minimal costs for supplies--she will teach groups of up to ten students how to treat words like movable Tetris shapes and fill a chalkboard like a pro.

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