Easy chalkboard typography art tutorial

Easy chalkboard typography art tutorial

Remember this summer when I told you about how I met a new friend in the construction business?
Jose was gutting a house a few doors down and had piles of vintage windows in the trash pile.
I salvaged them and made some into chalkboards to sell at a local craft bazaar.

I didn't want to just sell the window plain, so I jumped on the chalkboard typography bandwagon and spruced them up a bit before I listed them for sale.

I had been thinking of borrowing a friends overhead transparency projector but didn't get around to asking her in time, so I went with plan B.  Which was much easier than I expected.
Here's the tutorial for you because I hate to keep a good thing to myself.

First, find an image that you want to use.
I googled images and found a few that I liked then cut and pasted them in word.
I enlarged this one and printed it off.
This one was larger than the others and needed to be taped together.

 Next, chalk the heck out of the back of the page.
Rub the whole thing down doing your best to not miss any spots.
Also be aware of where your hand is when you rub the chalk down. 
You don't want your hand to take away chalk that you rubbed on.

Turn your image over and place it where you want it on your chalkboard.
Use a sharp pencil and trace over your image.

When you have traced the entire image, remove the paper.
This is what it will look like.

Now use your chalk and fill in the image.
Blow off the extra chalk dust and wipe around the image to remove as much of the extra chalk as you can.

I sprayed my chalk art with hairspray to help it stay in place.

Then I printed off even more images and used this technique on every chalked surface I could find!
It was that easy!

At the craft bazaar it was something that would draw people in to look in my booth.
It was so much easier than I thought it would be and made such a big impact.
Think you will try it?


PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

This is awesome, my handwriting blows and Im always jealous of all the cute chalkboard fonts I see out there!

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely going to try it! What a fabulous idea! Thanks!

Beth said...

This works soooo good!!! Thank you!!

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Anonymous said...

Wow! I was wondering how people do this. Thank you!

Christine said...

WOW Rachel!!! What a fabulous tip!! I didn't know we could do that!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality!

Jeannine said...

I absolutely will try it! Thanks!!!

Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Can't wait to try this on some of my chalkboards! Does the hairspray wash off?

Leslie Anne Tarabella said...

When I was a student teacher, my professor would make me re-do my chalkboard handwriting over, and over, and over . . .

Wish I had known this trick to surprise her with one day!

foreverdecorating said...

Great tutorial! Love chalk art!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Thaks for sharing the tutorial! Love it and I am adding this to my project list.

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

Thank you so much for this!

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