I have always admired chalkboard art on coffee shop menus or signs. The lettering is always so perfect and artistic. I have tried multiple times to hand write on a chalkboard and have multiple times been disappointed. My handwriting is not bad so I can never figure out why writing in chalk looks so sloppy!
With all of the chalkboard signs around with perfect lettering, I figured there had to be a way that other people were accomplishing this without actually hand writing. My mind was going toward transferring the lettering in some way. I once wanted an image on the top of my son’s nightstand but of course I am not a painter either. Luckily I had found out how to do my end table makeover using transfer paper. Maybe there was something similar for chalk.
After a little research, I found out that I was right. There is a much easier way to get perfect chalk lettering. I decided to try out this chalkboard art technique on a small chalkboard that I have in my kitchen. I’m so glad I did! Finally, my chalkboard letters are centered and in a straight line.
Chalkboard Art Tutorial
1. Create your chalk message in Word or Photoshop in the size you need for your desired chalkboard. I created mine in Photoshop.
2. Print and trim the paper to size if necessary. My chalkboard is small so I needed to trim my paper to size before applying to chalkboard.
3. Coat the back side of your paper with chalk by rubbing a stick of chalk across it.
4. Tape the paper onto your chalkboard with the chalk side down. Make sure that it is centered properly on you chalkboard.
5. With a pencil, trace over the lettering with some pressure. The chalkboard art will transfer to the chalkboard because of the chalk on the back of the paper. When finished, remove the paper from the chalkboard.
6. What you end up with is a light outline of your chalkboard art. To darken the art, use a chalkboard marker to go over the regular chalk. Once dry, you can wipe the chalk dust off.
I chose simple fonts for my lettering but this would be great to do with more elaborate script fonts.