Easy Cheats To Get A Professional Chalkboard Look

We all love chalkboard art, but unfortunately, my handwriting looks pretty much the same as it did the first day of 5th grade. With the trend of chalkboard walls, chalkboard doors, chalkboard tables and more, we definitely need all the help we can get making our chalkboard surfaces look beautiful. Have no fear, cheats are here! This is the absolute best way to get a professional looking chalkboard art with absolutely no creative or artistic skill needed.

The Materials

Not all chalkboards are not created equal.  Some may be wood, painted with chalkboard paint. Others may be actual Masonite. If your chalkboard has wood underneath, chalkboard markers are not your friend. With porous material like wood, a lot of the paint ends up soaking into the wood, and wet cleaning strips the surface. So stick with regular chalk on porous surfaces. Non-porous chalkboard surfaces such as porcelain, laminate, metal, vinyl, etc. are more durable.

Prep

Before you are ready to make your chalkboard art, you need to prepare your surface. This is called “seasoning”. It helps to prepare the surface to handle the chalk and prevents your first line from leaving a permanent mark. To season, simply rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire chalkboard and then erase with a dry cloth or paper towel.  Now you’re ready to design.

Design

Using your computer, design your lettering, art, etc. in your favorite word processing program and print it as you normally would. If it’s large and oversize, you may need to tape several pieces of paper together to make it look right.

 

Chalk

Turn the paper over and rub basic white chalk along the surface of the blank white page. When the back side of the paper is completely covered in white chalk, you’re ready to trace it onto your chalkboard.

Tools

To help make sure your design is straight, use a ruler to create grids or at least a guiding line for the top and bottom of your art. Use a very light touch with your chalk, you can even use a faint dotted line, just enough for a guide. Tape the chalk-covered blank side of your paper to the chalkboard, using your guide lines to keep everything straight.

Trace

Now your printed art should be facing you. Use a pencil or pen and outline the letters, tracing along the black ink and using a firm grip. As you trace, the chalk that is coated the other side of the paper will transfer to the chalkboard in a very faint line. When you have traced your entire image, you can remove the paper and fill in your traced art for a professional, beautiful chalkboard. Use damp qtips to clean up any smudget made for a nice sharp edge.

 

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