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Virtual Art Night with

Kimberly Thornsberry

Kim, Alabama Deaf artist, will walk you through how to make a "258" board on a pre-recorded instructional  video as well as a live video (interpreted into English for those who do not know ASL) about her project and experiences. 

Afterward, send your completed project to

Adjacent Space will post (anonymously if you wish) everyones masterpieces to share with the community.


Virtual Art Night with Kimberly Thornsberry

Virtual Art Night with Kimberly Thornsberry

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Instruction Video Transcript:

[ID: a white woman with her hair wrapped in a bun is wearing a black sleeveless shirt and a white artist’s apron. In the background you see a navy blue wall on the left of the background, and the right of the background shows a white wall that has various paintings, all in assorted colors hanging up.]


Hello! I’m Kim Thornsberry. I’m excited to teach this online art night class! What will we be creating? A really cool rectangular plaque that you can hang up. You can make holes on the plaque where you can hook it to hang it up. It’s really cool! Here’s what it looks like.


[ID: Kim’s left arm and hand is pointing to the plaque that has a dark brown frame with a off-color white box with black letters that read: IMAGINE.]


Do you see that? I made that last winter. I thought about it and decided to try it out, and it looked fabulous! I got my idea from Pinterest. In that one, the plaque was way bigger than mine, and I wanted something smaller. I want to make the theme for this art class related to ASL. I’ll be dividing up this class in steps. You’ll be watching the Step #1, then Step #2, and so on until we are done. I want to make it easy and simple for you to follow so that once the result is finished you’ll be thrilled!


Okay. Here’s what you need for this project. 


Foam board. You can get it at Dollar Tree for $1. Here’s what it looks like. 


[ID: Kim is holding up a white rectangular foam board.]


See this thickness. It’s just 1/4 inch. You can get this for 99 cents. And aluminum foil.


[ID: Kim is holding up a blue box of aluminum foil. The box reads: Reynolds Wrap (in white). HEAVY DUTY (in yellow).]


You know, you probably use this for BBQ or cooking. If you have it at home, then great! If not, the dollar tree has them for $1. So, you need these both. This (aluminum foil) and the foam board.


I’ll show you the next step in the next vlog.



[ID: a picture that its camera is moving left slowly: a large white foam board with a box of aluminum foil on top of the board.]


[ID: a picture that its camera is moving right: two white fingers wedging a horizontal white foam board between fingers.]


[ID: a picture that its camera is moving right: a white foam board with a transparent ruler board that comes with various numbers of measurements (in black letters) and a dull gray knife next to the ruler board.]


[ID: a white woman with her hair wrapped in a bun is wearing a black sleeveless shirt and a white artist’s apron. In the background you see a navy blue wall on the left of the background, and the right of the background shows a white wall that has various paintings, all in assorted colors hanging up.]


Hi! Now this is the vlog #2. This is the next step. Now you have the foam board. You can decide what size the plaque looks like. Small, medium, large, squared, or rectangular-sized—up to you! I would suggest getting a ruler. You need it to measure your foam board. You can trace the ruler with a pencil so that you can cut it properly. I’ve just made my own size.


[ID: Kim holding up a white foam board.]


It was from this foam board.


[ID: Kim holding up a bigger white foam board.]


For my project, the width is 15 inches long, and the length is 6 inches long. I made a second foam board, but it’s just one inch bigger (both length and width) than the first foam board.


[ID: Kim holding up two foam boards, one bigger and one smaller, together to form an image of what the project is supposed to look like.]


Both are exactly the same, but this one is smaller and another one is bigger. Okay? Go ahead and stack them up like I showed you. Get glue ready. I have a super glue gun. Here.


[ID: Kim holding up a small light blue glue gun with a white handle and line.]


I’ve used this glue gun ever since I was 13. I’ve used it ever since. It’s important to me. I think my parents gave me this for my birthday one of these summers. It’s still functional to this day. Good memories. Okay. I’ll plug this up to heat it up. Get your ruler. Make sure to measure that the outline is one-inch long with your smaller board on top of the larger board. 


[ID: Kim drawing down margins with her pencil to confirm one-inch margins on boards.]


Okay, this helps me to ensure that the measurements are correct so that when I glue the small board on the larger board, it'll look right. I’ll follow my lines so that I can be sure that my small board will be measured properly. Ready? I hope there’s enough glue in my glue gun. 


[ID: Kim pouring glue with her glue gun on the smaller board.] 


I need to add more glue. 


[ID: Kim continues to add more glue on the smaller board. She is now holding up the board with glue on it.]


Okay, look. Glue is evenly spread. Now we need to put it on the larger board.


[ID: Kim is putting down the smaller board on the larger board, and she is checking out the measurements to ensure that she is putting it down accurately. Now she is rubbing the smaller board to make sure that glue sticks to the larger board.]


Make sure you push. Don’t overdo it, just make sure that it sticks.


[ID: Kim is holding up the board, now both smaller and larger boards are stuck together.]


Okay! I’ll shut down this vlog and start another one.



Hello. Now this is the vlog #3. 


[ID: Kim is holding up a box of aluminum foil.]


Be careful when unrolling it. We don’t want you to scratch or make holes. Just unroll it slowly. Do you have the board ready?


[ID: Kim is holding up the board. She put it down and is unrolling the aluminum foil to cover the board.]


Make sure to give enough foil to cover everything, and add a little more foil to be safe. Be careful when you’re smoothing the foil on the board.


[ID: Kim is smoothing the foil on the board.]


See the lines here? 


[ID: Kim is holding the camera in a way where it shows a clear outline of the foil wrapping the smaller board.]


See the outline? Okay you need to snuggle the foil to make the small board stand out. Please be careful! Just wrap it gently and softly. 


[ID: Kim is slowly wrapping the foil to make sure that the small board is clear.]


See the corners? 


[ID: Kim is holding the camera to show that the corners had some lines.]


These lines are okay. The most important thing is that the outline is clear and defined. Take your time.


[ID: Kim is finishing up the foil.]


Then you should do the same thing with the larger board.


[ID: Kim is wrapping up the foil on the larger board.]


Crinkles are fine. 


[ID: Kim is holding the camera to show a clear outline of both boards.]


When you’re finished, be careful and gently do this.


[ID: Kim is getting her hands under the white board and flipping it over so that the larger board is on top of the smaller board and foil.]


Okay. Have the glue ready. Make sure to glue it on the sides so that the foil can cover the corners of the large board and stick on it.


[ID: Kim is adding glue on corners and sides of the large board, and now she is wrapping up the foil on the large board.]


Slowly. And it’s hot! Just pat on them. 


[ID: Kim is holding the camera to show the glued foil on the large board.]


Do the same with all other sides and corners. If you decided to do the longer sides first, make sure to do both first before you go for the shorter sides. If you do shorter sides, do them first before longer sides. Do the same process, and do it slowly.


[ID: Kim is slowly wrapping up the foil on the large board. She is slowly patting on the foil to make sure it sticks. Now she is holding up the fully-foiled side of the board, showing outlines of the boards.]


Do you see that? Don’t pull the foil. Just gently fold them on the board. Now let’s do the longer sides.


[ID: Kim is adding glue to longer sides of the large foam board. She is folding the foil on the first longer side. She is patting the foil now. She is showing the board to the camera.]


Now let’s do the last side.


[ID: Kim is adding glue to the last side.]


This glue gun is so old but I won’t get a new one. This is so precious to me. Okay, ready.


[ID: Kim is slowly folding the foil side to the large board. She is patting the board slowly to make sure it sticks.]


If you happen to get glue on outside of the foil, that’s okay. Just clean them up. No big deal. 


[ID: Kim is holding up the board, showing both sides. The foil sparkles with the light.]


Okay I’ll shut down this vlog and create the next one.



[ID: a picture that moves slowly to the left; it is a fully foiled board that shows a covered outline of both boards.]


Hi! Now this is vlog #4. After you finish creating this…


[ID: Kim is holding up the foil-wrapped board.]


You can recheck your board again to make sure that everything looks good. If it comes with wrinkles, that’s fine. As long as it’s not ripped. Cool. Now here’s what you need. If you have paint at home, great! If not, you could go to the store. I recommend you to get white chalk colored paint.


[ID: Kim is holding a white can with a black cap. The can reads: HOME DECOR, chalk (in cursive). At the bottom of the can it reads: COTTAGE WHITE | BLANC COTTAGE | BLANCO …. 8 fl oz 236 ml (all characters are in black).]


This can help the paint stick on the board better. You could try a different can of plain white.


[ID: Kim is holding a different, slimmer white can. It comes with a golden cap.]


And also, we have a black paint can.


[ID: Kim is holding and putting own a black can of black paint.]


It’s for letters and at certain places on the sides. And we have a can of gold paint.


[ID: Kim is holding up a golden can of gold paint. It comes with a white cap.]


This is gold paint. And we have copper paint.


[ID: Kim is holding a can of copper paint, and it comes with white cap.]


It’s old and I’ll just use them up. Colors are up to you. You could use just white and black, and that’s all. Anyway, for now I’ll apply white paint on the board. 


[ID: Kim is painting the board with white chalk paint.]


Go ahead and paint the entire thing white. I’ll show you the finished result in my next vlog.


[ID: a picture that slides to the left that shows the entire board partially painted with white chalk coloring.]



Hi there. Now it’s vlog number 5. After you’ve painted the entire board white…


[ID: Kim holding up the white board. There are three bright brown boxes on the top of the board.]


Let it dry first. Once you’re finished, get letter or number stencils—let me give you an example. 


[ID: Kim holding up a light brown stencil that depicts a letter: B.]


You can use them to help you print out anything you want to paint. Up to you. For this, I chose something that is related to ASL and Deaf culture: the number “258”. What does that mean? “Very interesting.”


[ID: Kim signing 2-5-8 in a form of sign that means “very interesting.”]


It’s a classifier. That sign is in ASL: very interesting. I’m so fascinated by that sign. So, I’m going to draw “258” on my project. I’ll use a black permanent marker. Draw lightly and don’t press too hard! I’ll try and find it…


[ID: Kim holding up a black marker with a gray coat. The word reads: Sharpie (in black).]


Make sure you put these letters in first, whatever you like—I used 258—make sure they’re equal and that you’re satisfied with it. Now you draw.


[ID: Kim drawing “258” in her board with her black permanent marker.]


Write lightly. You can practice by trying it out on your own first before applying it on your board. Okay! Here’s what it looks like.


[ID: Kim holding the camera to display the board with number upside down “2” printed on the board. She is adding lines that were not filled by the stencil she used for her project. She sets the phone back, and it inexplicably falls, displaying a black background before setting it back to normal. Kim is mouthing “oops.”]


After using stencils, this helps me paint them. I’ll shut this video down and I’ll show you the next result in the next vlog.



Now, this is vlog number six. I’ve just drew numbers on my board.


[ID: Kim is holding up stencils and then the white board. The white board shows a black outline of numbers “258.”


Use a black marker. Oh the paint is still wet. That’s okay. To cover in these numbers, I’ll use black paint.


[ID: Kim is holding up a can of black paint.]


I’ll use this paint for these numbers. 


[ID: Kim twisting the cap of the can and she pours the paint into a bowl and twists the cap back. She holds up a yellow paintbrush and gestures that you can use the brush to paint the numbers. She is painting the numbers now.]


You don’t have to be perfect. You can just enjoy and take your time.


[ID: Kim is painting numbers. She is holding the camera to show the board, with the number “2” being filled in with black paint. She is holding the camera while painting the number.]


Go ahead and fill in your letters or numbers with paint. I’m going to make a new vlog, okay?


[ID: a white board that shows “258” in black paint. The video is moving to the right.]



Hello. This is vlog number 7. After painting letters or numbers…


[ID: Kim is showing a finished version of board that shows “258” in black on the white board.]


Interestingly, I learned more about this project when my friend from Utah called me and we had a FaceTime conversation. I explained to my friend about my project, and my friend said, “258.” It was interesting because my friend spelled “2-5-8” instead of signing “very interesting” and I still understood my friend’s message! So, I learned something new. 


Anyway, check out the sides.


[ID: Kim is holding up the board.]


You could paint the sides fully. Or you could add dots of paint from here, here, there, and there. For me… remember the “Imagine” board I showed you in the first vlog? Sides are almost full, but for this project I think I’ll try adding dots. So, I’ll use black paint. Look at this bowl.


[ID: Kim is holding up a bowl of black paint. She puts it down and tears a small piece of paper towel.]


I’ll try this. Let’s test it first on this.


[ID: Kim is holding the camera showing her dabbing the paper towel in the paint bowl and painting it on construction paper next to the board.]


I’ll challenge myself and see. Make sure you keep the paint light and not heavy.


[ID: Kim is gently painting sides with the painted paper towel.]


It’s cool.


[ID: Kim continues to paint the sides with the paper towel.]


Oh excuse me. My puppy needs attention! She needs to go outside. 


[ID: Kim pulling up a golden-brown Labradoodle or goldendoodle. The puppy is licking Kim’s neck.]


I’ll show you the finished result. I’ll create a new vlog. 


[ID: the picture is moving to the right. It shows a white board with bold black numbers, 258, with black dots/marks on the sides.]



Hello. This is the last vlog. Yay! We’re about to see the final result after I took my puppy outside, and then I played with my puppy, and now I'm back!  I added a small gold paint to make it sparkle.


[ID: Kim holding up the finished product, complete with everything.]


Very interesting. I use a Command sticker—this one is velcro.


[ID: Kim holding up a velcro black sticker, and she’s turning it upside down to show a white wall covering.]


I use this for this. It’s great for walls. It won’t do any damage to your walls. I can place it anywhere. If I ever change my mind, I can put it somewhere with no problem. I think I’ll put this at the top of my wall (pointing to the white wall behind Kim). It feels very interesting (2-5-8!), so I’ll do that.


I’m excited to see what you’ll do! Send photos or videos—I’m excited! Thank you for joining this class! I hope you enjoyed this activity! (ILY sign and waves) Bye!


[ID: a moving picture of various paintings.]


[ID: a moving picture of the finished product of “258” on white board is shown at the top of the wall.]

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