This DIY technique allows anyone to create perfect chalkboard lettering!
I love chalkboard art, but free handing lettering drives me crazy. I am an impatient perfectionist, and I have discovered a way to quickly create pretty chalkboard lettering every time…
I will walk you through the steps of creating perfect chalkboard lettering, and it really is easy! I also have a video tutorial where I share the same technique, and I share that towards the end of this post.
- Begin with a chalkboard. I made a mirror into a chalkboard, but I wouldn’t always recommend this. Instead, I would suggest cutting a hardboard or some thin wood to put in the frame. Make sure the board is smooth so you can create a nice, smooth chalkboard finish.
- Print out lettering for your chalkboard.
I combined two fonts to make this type art for my dining room, and you can download the (2 page, letter-sized) PDFs here:
- Cover the back of your paper with chalk.
- Tape your printed type just as you would read it (chalk covered side down) to the chalkboard. Using a pen or pencil, firmly trace the type with a pen or pencil.
- Remove the paper, and you will see a fine chalk outline. Using chalk (or a chalk pen), trace and color in the lettering.
These chalk pens are great for chalkboards you want something a little more permanent. However, I recently began using china markers instead of the chalk pens because they look more like chalk and are permanent!
I also created this video using the same technique for transferring an image:
Since I shared this tutorial over 5 years ago, I had a friend create this gorgeous custom piece.
The chalkboard mirror lives on!
Go create something!
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