This has become one of my favorite projects. When I got married, my new team gave me a gift card to Home Goods. I wasn’t sure what to get with it, so I carried it around for the longest time. I finally settled on a huge, framed chalkboard. There’s a great spot for it in my “kitchen,” and I figured it’d be a good way to display motivational phrases and lyrics. PLUS I saw this awesome pin on Pinterest about how chalk lettering was so easy!
The tip I picked up from several blogs was to create a design and print it out. I used Microsoft Publisher, since I became so familiar with it over the summer. Really. It’s much easier than Word for poster, worksheets, etc. Any way, print it out to life-size.
Now here’s the trick: rub the back of your printed paper with chalk. I had better luck tracing over the general outline of the design on the back than just rubbing across the whole thing. It will give you cleaner lines and guarantee you don’t miss anything.
Can you see a little chalk on there? Anyway, then comes the first long tedious part, flip it onto your chalkboard and trace the whole thing with a dull pencil.
This takes awhile and some back strength. Your cat may even be bored out of her mind.
But it’s worth it because when you remove the paper you have this lovely outline!
And now, long, draw-out, tedious part 2: trace it again!
By the way, if you haven’t seen this hand trick on Pinterest, it was a big help! It really works!!!
You end up with this beautifully designed and polished piece, ready for display in your home.
Overall, this idea is pretty simple with a stunning result, but it takes A LOT of time and a good deal of patience. The outline takes out a lot of the guesswork, but a steady hand is still a plus. Also, instead of using one big paper, you can cut the words apart and work on them individually. This makes filling the whole space a little easier (if you are working with a big surface), but there was something about it I just didn’t care for…
Here are some other pieces I did.
Try it yourself and let me know how it goes!