Easy Chalkboard Graphics…
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Last week I shared with you my new Custom Color Chalkboard Paint and Wall…you can see that post HERE.
Today, I am sharing with you “Easy Chalkboard Graphics”. Many of you emailed to ask how I decorated my chalkboard. Most times I can free-hand fairly well. When I want a more polished, professional look I use the following methods. Remember, with chalk your design doesn’t have to be perfect. Using a dab of water and a cotton swab as your eraser you can fix almost any design. Or erase your whole wall and start over.
I started with a clean chalkboard wall with my beloved Bessie 🙂
I knew I wanted a laurel wreath design under her neck. Using chalk, I marked the bottom of her neck and then removed her from the wall.
I used a very large pasta platter to trace out a half-circle pattern.
I then began drawing leaves around the entire half-circle alternately each leaf drawing – right side then left side…
…and adding veining for each leaf.
I wanted to add Bessie’s name to the top of her head. I selected a font I like and enlarged the size to 98. After printing I needed to piece the letters together a bit to fit in one continuous piece.
I then taped the graphics to a window so that the graphics were backwards and so that I could see through all of the letters. Pressing very hard, I traced out each letter in chalk.
I then carefully placed the graphics into place, being sure not to rub it on the wall.
I used a debit card inside of an envelope and began rubbing each letter onto the wall – transferring the chalk design to the wall.
I always prefer to use small pieces of chalk. I think designing is more manageable and the chalk doesn’t break in mid-design. I pressed the chalk into the transferred design and make the chalk lettering darker and more filled in.
Here’s how the graphics look totally complete. I love how it turned out…and have you heard how much I love Bessie?
Do you have a chalkboard wall? How do you create your graphics? I hope you give this easy method a try.
Vicki, wow this is such a great tutorial and I love how you shared how to do the leaf pattern and graphic. That Bessie is one lucky gal hanging on the chalkboard wall of honor. Great job, Lisa
I love the transfer method you used to create the wording Vicki, I would have never thought to use a debit card in an envelop like that. You are one clever lady 🙂 I’m totally going to do this with the chalkboard in my laundry room.
Great idea using the bowl to get the half circle drawn! You make it all look so easy.
I like your Bessie where did you get her? thanks
Love this project! The reverse window transfer idea is genius for chalk graphics. It’s so hard to get a clean look with chalk, and this works beautifully! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂 Bwg ~~~
I’m loving a Bessie head as opposed to the deer antlers or other really trendy things (although, I also love deer antlers!). Your chalk accent gives it a nice touch, too.
Such great tips; it’s not easy to make writing look pretty on a chalkboard! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Talented Tuesdays; I’m featuring this post tomorrow! Hope to see you there!