I’ve been kind of obsessed with chalk board signs lately (check out my Pinterest board). While creating a gallery wall in my entry, I decided to add a large chalkboard that I have. I wanted to create a temporary piece of art for the summer in black and white to match the gallery (I posted about the gallery wall HERE). First I gathered the necessary supplies: paper towels, chalk, Q Tips, and Aqua Net (also needed but not pictured: ruler, tape measure, and level). Then I measured the board and created a layout that I liked. About the beachy layout: I love the art (by Katie Daisy) with the quote “I long for Salt Air in my hair”, we take a road trip from UT to Laguna Beach every summer, and we love to sit on the sand or surf in the ocean as a family.
I added an orange grid and printed off the template.
With a damp paper towel, I wiped down the chalkboard and let it dry. The surface wasn’t perfect, but that doesn’t matter in the end.
I copied the grid onto the chalkboard using a ruler, tape measure and level.
Then it was time to start adding the large elements. I started with the brackets at the top.
Then the crest.
One of my favorite things on the chalkboards that I liked were diagonal words. These were complicated for me, but the template and grid helped a lot. Darken the lettering once you are happy with it.
In my origional drawing, I had 3D lettering. I realized it is much simpler to draw the letters flat and add the 3D effect later on your own.
I love the graphic whale that I printed off, but I knew I would never be able to replicate it. Instead I just used the outline. In the Road Trip photo you can see you can “sketch” in chalk and fill in once you get the shapes right.
Here is the layout with all of the major elements layout out and filled in.
At this point I was ready to clean up the excess chalk, sketch lines, and grid. Take a damp paper towel and wrap it around your finger. Clean right up to the edge of the chalk lines. You can always add chalk back where you erased too much.
For the final product, I opted for an octopus instead of the star fish, still not sure if this was the right decision, but it is all temporary anyway! The Road Trip crest has a chevron design what I chalked on and rubbed in with my finger. It’s subtle, but I like the texture.
The Salt Air was turned into 3D and shaded with stripes and finger rubbed chalk. If you need to make a perfectly spaced stripe just dip a Q Tip in water, squeeze it out, and “paint” a clean stripe. the Q Tips work great for cleaning up any tight areas.
And voila, the finished chalkboard, at least for this season. If you don’t want little fingers rubbing off your hard work, give the entire board a light spray of Aqua Net hair spray (I purchased “Unscented” but believe me, it still stinks). When it is time to change it I’ll just wipe the entire surface with a warm damp cloth and start over.
For more chalk tutorial from Burlap & Denim click the links below: