Some friends of mine got married a few weeks ago and decided to use a large chalkboard program in lieu of traditional paper programs. The bride, not trusting her lettering abilities, asked if I would do the board for her. When I brought it to the church, people kept complimenting it and saying how they would never be able to do something like that. I kept thinking to myself, “Well, sure you could!” I don’t have the best handwriting, so if I can do it, I know others can.
Maybe free-handing an entire chalkboard is too risky for you, but there are some simple tips that will help you in the process. Whether you’re making a program for a friend’s wedding, an art piece for your living room or some sort of signage, this trick will help you obtain perfect chalkboard lettering.
Step 1: Season Your Board
If you’ve never used your chalkboard before, you need to season it first – don’t worry, it’s super easy! You season the chalkboard so there’s no ghosting, which happens when something you write doesn’t erase completely and you’re left with a ghost of what you wrote.
To season your board, all you need to do is rub a piece of chalk over the board until it is completely covered. Then you just need to erase it, and you’ve got a perfectly seasoned chalkboard. If you want a newer-looking board, use a damp cloth to erase your chalkboard.
Step 2: Create and Print Your Design
Here’s where the “cheating” starts. If you’re not comfortable free-handing your design, you don’t have to! All you need to do is create it on your computer. You can use Adobe Photoshop, or, if you don’t have that, you can use PowerPoint and save your file as an image. I just had my golden birthday, which is when the age you turn and the date of your birthday are the same number. I turned 25 on June 25, so I decided to make a birthday chalkboard!
If you already have a design or template you really love, there’s no need to design a new one. Just print that out instead.
Step 3: Chalk Your Paper
Turn your sheet of paper over and run chalk all over the blank side of the paper.
Step 4: Trace Your Design
Next, you’re going to trace your design. To do this, place the chalked side of your paper down so that the printed side is facing up. Trace along the characters with a pen or pencil. This will leave a chalk residue on your chalkboard that looks like the design you printed out.
Step 5: Trace Over Your Chalkboard
Since the chalk outline is pretty faint, you’ll want to trace back over it to make it a little heavier.
And that’s all there is to it! Now you can make your very own chalkboard art.
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