Love the look of hand lettering, but don’t have the time to practice? Check out this easy cheat to fake hand lettering on a simple chalkboard sign.
Do you love hand lettered designs? They are all over the place right now, and it’s no surprise why. They’re just so pretty, and they add tons of personality to whatever project they’re on.
Hand lettering is huge right now. It’s on giant farmhouse chalkboards, chalkboard contact paper, chalkboard cheese trays, chalked wine glass labels, and all those adorable back-to-school signs we use to send our kids off to the next year of learning.
But what if you’re absolutely terrible at handwriting?
Today, Janine of Confessions of a Mommyaholic is sharing a fun and simple back-to-school chalkboard tutorial. And I love the idea of having a personalized sign for my kids on the first day of school. But I always hesitate because my handwriting is just awful. It’s total chicken scratch.
Sure, I could spend hours upon hours practicing my handwriting and trying to master hand lettering techniques, but who really has time for that? Instead, I need to fast and easy way to fake hand lettering on my chalkboard art.
And that’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today. With this easy cheat, you can fill your chalkboards with beautiful writing and designs – instead of chicken scratch.
How to Fake Hand Lettering on a Chalkboard
Materials & Supplies:
- Small chalkboard, already decorated
- Inkjet printer & paper
- Photo or text editing program loaded with fonts you love (I use Canva – it’s free and very easy to use!)
- Large piece of sidewalk chalk
- Retractable ball point pen
- Chalk pens
- Measure the dimensions of your chalkboard area. Open a document in your preferred photo or text editing software and create a template that is the size of your chalkboard. (see notes below)
- Create your design using whatever fonts, layouts and graphics you like and print it out on a piece of printer paper.
- Flip your paper over so the design is facing the table, and rub the long side of your sidewalk chalk over the area where your design is.
- Place your paper right side up on top of your chalkboard where you want it to show up.
- Using a ball point pen with the tip retracted (up in the pen, instead of clicked down), trace your design onto the chalkboard, checking often to ensure the design shows up on your chalkboard.
- Working from the bottom to the top, write over your traced design with a chalk marker, taking short breaks to allow the chalk to dry before moving to the next line until you’re done.
- Many people love to use PicMonkey, but I prefer Canva. Not only is it free, but you can easily create a template in the dimensions of your choice by adjusting size based on pixels, mm, or inches. Canva also has dozens of pre-made text templates in font combinations and layouts that you know will look good from the start.
- You can also download fonts from Dafont.com or Fontsquirrel.com and then make your designs in MS Word or photoshop.
- Be careful! Playing with fonts is addictive. I spent a half hour creating my design just because I love to try all the different fonts and layouts, and I would have easily spent longer if I had time!
- If you’re just starting out, try not to use fonts that are too small or intricate. Start simple and then work on creating more detailed designs.
- Not all chalk works well for this, I found that my kids’ cheap sidewalk chalk was soft enough to leave a residue on the paper, while some smaller pieces of chalk were just too hard.
- I find it best to work from the bottom up so that the transferred chalk design doesn’t smudge. Make sure you rotate the board while using the chalk marker to ensure you don’t smudge letters on the same line.
- Chalk markers usually have two tips: a thin and a thick. Unless you are doing very detailed work, the thick tip will show up better for most hand lettering transfers. Thinner lines can be accomplished by holding the pen straight up and down and just using the very tip.
- To remove the design: I’ve tested many different methods for erasing chalk pen. Window and all-purpose cleaners work well, but I found that the Magic Eraser works best. Just don’t leave the design on for more than a couple weeks, or it will be nearly impossible to erase.
How much does it cost:
- Chalkboard: $2.64
- Washi Tape: 4 rolls at $1 each (with some left over)
- Printer Paper/Ink: on Hand
- Sidewalk Chalk: $1
- Chalk Pens: $10 for a pack of 12 (similar, not an affiliate link)
Total Cost: $10.64
How long did it take?
- Making the chalkboard: 20 minutes…and only because I can be a picky perfectionist!
- Creating the design: 30 minutes, but using pre-made templates could make this much faster
- Transferring the design: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hr 10 minutes
Now it’s your turn
Head on over to Confessions of a Mommyaholic to find out how to make your own back-to-school chalkboard and then add a some fake hand-lettering in a design you love. Don’t forget to tag us on Instagram with your projects!
Find out more about Janine:
What would you do if you had an extra 30 minutes in a day?
I would read, DVR, catch up or just relax in all honesty.
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
I would visit Disney World all year long.
Each of my Spectacular Summer co-hosts is sharing a little bit more about Janine on their blogs, too. So don’t forget to hop around and see what else she has to say.
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