How To: Chalkboard Art Made The Easy Way

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Did you catch the reveal of my typography gallery wall art last week?  I want to show you how easy it was to make the chalkboard art that is a part of it.

 

Easy chalkboard art
When I put that gallery together, I knew that I wanted to include a framed chalkboard that I made out of an old frame that I had lying around.  BUT – my freehand drawn chalkboard art is, shall we say, less than stellar.

 

Checkout the chalkboard art in my July 4th vignette this year if you want a prime example.  

 

Even though this chalkboard art is a simple design (which it needed to be for this gallery), I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

 

Easy way to make chalkboard art

 

I don’t have pictures of every single step, but it’s so easy and here’s how I did it.
First of all, I made a Word document for each letter and string of letters and numbers that I wanted.  Each one was sized to the actual size that I wanted it to be on my chalkboard.

 

Printed letters for making chalkboard art

 

I then turned each page over to the backside and traced around every line in every letter with a piece of chalk.  This is important – make sure you do it on the backside of the paper or you’ll wind up with this.  Read backwards much?  No.

 

 

Once you’ve traced around the outside of the letters with chalk, you can transfer the image to your chalkboard by turning the paper back over so that the front side is facing up.  Proceed to rub all over the design with your finger, applying pressure as needed.  I found using my finger worked much better than trying to rub the paper with anything else.

 

Outlined letters for chalkboard art

 

The most time consuming part of the whole project was measuring the placement of each string of letters and numbers.  Oh – and making sure it was straight!

 

Measure carefully for the placement of letters on chalkboard art

 

After the chalk outlines have been transferred to the chalkboard, you simply fill them in.
BTW – did you know that you can sharpen chalk with a pencil sharpener?  You’ll need to make sure that the sharpener has a space for sharpening those fat pencils because the chalk won’t fit into the sharpening space for a normal sized pencil.  The sharpened chalk worked great for filling in those narrow and tight spots.

 

Chalkboard art with outlined letters all filled in

 

Like I said, it was so easy!  I won’t be afraid of doing this ever again and can’t wait to try a more complicated design.

 

Finished chalkboard art in a wall gallery

 

This gallery wall is in the media-family room in my basement.
 

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18 Comments

  1. Your chalkboard sign looks great Suzy! I had just about quit writing things on my chalkboard because it looked so amateur compared to the lettering I had been seeing in blogland! Thanks to you, it will be looking a LOT better! Have a great week!

  2. Nancy Carroll says:

    I must try this! I can make my free form work for one or two words, but if more than that and it starts looking messy. Great job! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Barbara F. says:

    A beautiful job, Suzy. Love the new gallery, too. I need to write on the nice chalkboard I received from Barb. 😉 xo

  4. Thanx for sharing Suzy! Pinning for future reference.

  5. Suzy, Aren’t you the clever one. I would have never thought of that. Everything is looking great in the family room. Love all the neat items in the gallery. Thanks for sharing and I am pinning for my daughter.
    Love to you, Ginger

  6. This looks great, Suzy! However, I’ve been converted to chalk markers for freehand since my handwriting is so bad. Have you ever tried them? I love them! And of course, I got them with a coupon!

  7. What a great idea! I never would have thought to do it this way, and I have definitely intimidated by creating this type of sign. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Great job Suzy! I’ll have to try this. This room is looking good! Love the pillows too.

  9. Super love this idea. I need to give it a try.
    FYI, when you link up you will see a small red x by your link, if you need to change anything, just click on the red x and then you can do your link again.

    I fixed yours. Marty

  10. Great tutorial Suzy, your chalkboard looks professional yet not manufactured. The whole room is fabulous! So many great details, love the croquet balls!
    Jenna

  11. Great job on your chalkboard art. I love the look of your room. Looks like a comfortable place for your family to relax.

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  13. Congratulations for being featured over at Stone Gable blog party! Thanks for these great tips on how to make our chalkboards more professional looking. I sure could have used this advice when I made a sidewalk chalkboard this summer to direct folks into my son’s after rehearsal dinner…it was a LOT harder than I thought to make it cute.