Chalkboards are such a big thing right now. I am so glad too. I love them!
It is something you can make beautiful — enjoy — then make new beauty all over again.
When making my boards I do hand lettering. I really enjoy it, it’s my art therapy. This probably stems back to grade school days of perfecting my bubble letters in my trapper keeper. (look it up kids, trapper keepers were a thing).
However, I know not everyone prefers or wants to do chalkboard art by hand. It is time consuming and well, just flat out frustrating sometimes.
Whether you are making a holiday art board, chalk labels for organizing, or even an awesome sign design for a wedding. These tips & tricks from the Chalkboard 101 series will certainly help to have in your pocket. Be sure to check out the other tips, making liquid chalk and tracing.
Chalkboard Tip: Stencils
Lettering is great. A good saying makes a big statement on a chalkboard, but sometimes you need that extra Pop! If you are like me, anything outside of lettering is a problem.
Stencils, my friends. Stencils.
You can actually use stencils for lettering also.
You will need:
- stencil of your choice
- non-toxic chalk
holding your chalk almost flat to the grater, begin to shape your chalk into a pencil point on the small grater area. Continue to roll your chalk to get that point tip you need.
Now, simply trace in your stencil.
*Once you finish a design: take a big breath and blow off that excess dust to see a clean look.
That’s it. Pretty simple, huh? I know I could have never free handed a pine cone that well. Nor, in half the time.