CHALKBOARD LETTERING: THE BASICS
Hey today I want to talk to you about chalk lettering! It is my favorite type of lettering to do and just like with brush lettering and calligraphy there are certain tips and tricks to help you out along the way. Here are my tips to help you design and letter an awesome chalkboard sign. Good luck and have fun 😀
What you will need:
Tips & Tricks
Always always always sketch out your designs before doing anything! Grab a sketch pad and draw out or letter some designs so you have a good foundation on what you like and don’t. Sometimes it may seem great in your head, but when you actually put it down on paper it doesn’t work at all. No worries though, that is the whole reason you don’t want to skip this step. Other times, you may come up with a whole new idea after spending time brainstorming. Plus, who doesn’t want to grab some fun gel pens or markers to create with!
Use a design program such as InDesign or Illustrator
My favorite tool and trick is Adobe’s program, they allow you to create a canvas to the exact dimensions of your lettering or design so you have a great realistic view of what your art is going to look like. As far as which one is better, it really is personal preference because they both do the same things. You can create a canvas size to specific dimensions, use the text tool, and rearrange or transform graphics. Personally I like to use InDesign because its faster for me to use and it allows me to print in a tile option, which helps with transferring your lettering.
Good pens vs budget pens
Invest in a variety of chalk markers and pens to see which ones feel more comfortable to use. Ive used the bistro brand for a lot of my projects, but I just tried versa chalk fine tip and loved them. The white color seemed to stay pretty white as opposed to the bistro markers where I end up going over the lettering a few times to get that bright white color. There is also croc chalk markers that I personally haven’t tried, but is on my amazon wish list because they also have great reviews. Whichever brand you end up going just make sure you pay attention to the tips because that will make a big difference in how your design turns out.
Sometimes in a hurry I simple just letter away on the chalkboard, but I do try to commit to this step because it makes such a difference. It not only helps with your lettering but is a big mental reminder to slow down and take your time. Grab your white transfer paper for this step and trace your design directly on the wood. If you need a tutorial check out my blog post on DIY Signs.
Letter 1 Line at a time
Letter one line at a time and let it dry! Nothing is worse than getting a perfect line and then smudging it when you move on to the next line. As long as you move from top to bottom you should be fine but if you’ve done creative projects long enough you know things just happen! So stay focused and be patient. I usually letter over a few days so that smudges and my attention to detail are in check.
Don’t worry if you do mess a stroke up you have options to fix it. First you can embrace it and make it apart of the design. After all hand lettering is an art and and has many different styles. The other option is to wipe it with a chalkboard cleaner or of course a magic eraser will do the trick1
- Black with white lettering & White with black lettering PDF’s 8.5 x 11 inches
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“Love & Coffee”
This hand lettered sign is perfect for everyday home decor and is a great saying for any coffee lover. It is 16.5 x 16.5 inches with a rustic distressed frame, chalkboard background and white lettering for the text. It is hand lettered with chalk markers and has two coats of protectant finish to minimize smudging. It is not writable. Hangers are included and is for indoor use only.
“Coffee & Monday”
This hand lettered sign is sold out, but is available for custom ordering. That means any size can be requested! The pictured sign is 12 x 22.75 inches has a rustic distressed frame with black chalkboard paint and white chalk marker lettering. It comes with coats of protectant finishing to minimize smudging and will not be writable. Hangers are included and is for indoor use only.