Perhaps it stems from my previous career
as an Elementary School Teacher, I'm not exactly sure.
As a kid, my favorite part of the chalkboard
was watching my teacher erase and wash it.
I loved the way it was like a clean slate!
My 5th grade teacher, Ms. Weigel (pictured below), had the most beautiful handwriting and especially on the chalkboard.
She had really cool hair & style too, don't you think?
I used to practice writing like her as I played school with my small chalkboard at home. Here I am, nearly 30 years later and I'm still playing with chalkboards!
Now, let's get started on this little tutorial…
To begin, I find it easiest to place my chalkboard beside me on the sofa with the top of board leaned on coffee table. This is the most comfortable way for me, with the board flat. Some people prefer to have the board vertical but I find that to be much harder.
chalk, chalkboard, ruler, wet paper towel and dry paper towel
I found a photo of this particular design on Flickr so I printed a copy and used it to look at while I drew my board. I started out by drawing guidelines with my ruler, very faintly, where the words would be placed. This helps your text stay straight and uniform. It will also assist in keeping all the words centered.
Next,I lightly outlined the letters starting at the top of the board and then added detail until they met my satisfaction, then I'd move to the next line. This seems like common sense but it's still worth saying…
A good rule is to work top to bottom
or you'll smudge up your work!
If you smush the end of your wet paper towel, it works well as an eraser to correct any mistakes and erase your guide lines. You'll also want to use this to wipe your hands as they will stay very dry during this process (my least favorite part of chalk).
Okay, moving on, you can see my work in progress.
It's not perfect. If it was, it wouldn't look authentic.
I could certainly use some practice on the Holly font but overall, I'm happy with the results.
I made a chalkboard in my kitchen (DIY Vinyl Chalkboard Project) and I write a favorite Bible verse on it each week. I post some of these on my chalk blog… Faith with Chalkdust.
Here are a few samples from the past month…
Here are links to my other chalkboard project posts
(click on the photo to open)
…& here's a link to my Pinterest Chalkboard "Chalk It Up"
There are some very cool chalk projects on there!
I'm linked up at…Pin It Now!