I first shared this post with the subscribers to my font insider e-newsletter, and since then I have actually decided to take the challenge to create my own chalkboard art. Before I reveal my results, I thought it would be a good idea to share my inspiration behind tackling this project.
There’s an awesome antique/vintage gift store here in Jacksonville called Rusted that I’m completely obsessed with. The last time I stopped in, I noticed that they had tons of inspirational quotes for sale (similar to my Motivation Monday prints), that were written on chalkboards in stunning typography. I started chatting with one of the store owners and she told me that she had created them herself using a really easy tracing method, AND that she was going to start offering chalkboard lettering classes, right in the store!
I haven’t had the chance to make it to a class yet, but this led me to a little more investigation into this so-called “easy” method of chalkboard lettering. Call me naive, but I was under the impression that all the fabulous chalkboard art I had seen in the past had been hand-drawn by some seriously talented artists.
It turns out that chalkboard lettering is actually something that anyone can do, and you don’t need to have artistic talent whatsoever. Below is a list of online tutorials and tips that you can use to create your own chalkboard art. If you’re more of a hands on learner, I’d definitely suggest doing a little googling to see if they offer any chalkboard lettering classes in your local area.
Diane, from In My Own Style shows us the steps she took to creating this “Happy Birthday” menu, from start to finish.
Emily, from Jones Design Company shares her insight into choosing the right tools for the effect you are hoping to achieve.
Tasha, from Designer Trapped shows us how she created this statement piece in her kitchen, using chalkboard lettering!
Sara, from Simply Sara’d, shares how easy it was to make this sign, with the help of chalkboard pens.
Katie, from Upcycled Treasures shows us how she created both her own chalkboard AND the artwork in her easy-to-follow tutorial.
Are you more of a video guy or gal? Here are two more resources:
- A chalkboard how-to video from Ryan & Chelsea’s DIY Wedding Series
- The art of chalkboard lettering online workshop (which appears to be a paid course), from Chrissy Gardner.
You can look for a post next week, which chronicles my attempt to create my own chalkboard art. Is anyone up for joining me in taking on this challenge?
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