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Elaborating on @xenoid's comment: What a path is What you see in your second screenshot, shown as circles joined by lines, is a path. Paths can be used for a lot of things, like creating reusable shapes, etc. They define a set lines that can be traced, aligned (to), exported to a vector graphic (like .svg) and used to create selections. What a selection ...
I think I figured it out. The trick was to create a simple mask and using different brush types (different shapes, like grass brush or something) to create this fade out effect using different opacity stages and brush sizes. Now I'm pretty satisfied with the answer. Here is how it looks.
You could also find a photo of decent resolution that has the texture you want, overlay that onto your black or dark gray background and then change the layer's transparency setting to multiply or overlay and then adjust the opacity or fill to get the look you want. Here's a little different, but related exercise How to apply, blend or overlay a texture or ...
You will need to do 2 different things. The first is create a chalkboard texture. In short - using the filters tab - render clouds, add noise, add gaussian blur. The second (optional) is to create a gradient and apply the blend mode overlay so that your texture will still show through. Hope this has been helpful!
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