Here it is guys…5 of my BEST chalkboard lettering tips + tricks!
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Chalkboards and chalkboard art are so versatile. They can be changed to match any and all moods, seasons, and decor styles. I have a chalkboard wall in my kitchen and I am always changing it. I didn’t always love doing chalkboard lettering and art because it never turned out how I was hoping, but with a lot of practice and trial and error I’m finally figuring it out.
So, here’s my top 5 best chalkboard lettering tips + tricks:
- Plan it out/draw a rough sketch first- I always peruse Pinterest for awhile, gathering inspiration before I decide on my next chalkboard design. Once I’ve decided what I’m going to do, I lightly draw some guidelines and a rough sketch of my letters/art. This especially helps to keep my letters straight and my design centered.
- Sharpen your chalk– this one seriously blew my mind when I first found out it was possible. You can sharpen chalk using an ordinary, everyday pencil sharpener. Why did I never think of this?!
- Use more than just simple chalk- there’s so many fun chalkboard mediums these days besides plane ol’ white chalk. Below are two of my favs.
Chalk pencil– this is what I use to draw my guidelines before beginning my chalkboard design. It goes on pretty light and the lines are always pretty thin, unlike regular chalk.Chalk marker– this is my FAV! I usually create my design using the chalk pencil and regular chalk, then I go over the whole thing with the chalk marker. It’s so much brighter and the lines are so crisp! They come in multiple colors, too! The marker doesn’t erase with a regular chalkboard eraser, so after I’ve gone over the whole design with the chalk marker, I wipe the whole thing with a chalkboard eraser, erasing all the chalk and chalk pencil and leaving only the crisp, bright chalk marker.
- Use a paint brush- this is my most recent discovery and to say I’m obsessed would be an understatement. I use a paint brush in conjunction with the chalk marker. The chalk markers are the type of marker that require you to push the tip down in order for the ink to come out…this can sometimes be tricky when writing on a chalk wall because, well, gravity. So, using a pallet of some sort (scrap wood, piece of paper, actual paint pallet, etc.) I press the marker tip in until a small pea sized puddle of the chalk ink is dispensed.
Then, I simply dip my paint brush in and go. It’s so much easier getting that brush lettering look, too, since you’re actually using a brush!
- Patience and practice- this is the most boring one, I know, but really it’s true. First of all, take your time. Honestly, I usually do my chalkboard designs in multiple sessions. I would rather have a half finished design for a day, than one that I rushed and I’m not happy with.And practice, practice, practice! All my hand lettering heros alway preach this about all kinds of lettering and I’m finally taking their advice. I’m no expert, but I have noticed a significant improvement in my own lettering since I started REALLY practicing. Practice next time you writing your grocery list!
So there you have it, 5 of my best chalkboard lettering tips. Have anymore to add? Leave them in the comments if you do. I’d love to here more!