Easy Tutorial for Giant Chalk Art

My good friend Erik hired me to help him design his new office space for his laser hair removal company named “Simplicity“.  This was my first non-residential space and it was a blast.  The over all office has a warehouse feel so when it came time to design the break room, I suggested one wall be a giant chalk board.  The wall is pure black but since there are huge bright windows on the adjacent wall, it doesn’t feel dark at all.  Strangely enough, it really warms up the space.  The ceiling is also painted black for an industrial feel.  When the company moved from their old location to their new digs, I wanted to welcome them with a quick chalk art design on the large wall.  Here is the design I came up with after cutting and pasting a few images and fonts in Publisher.

How to make giant Wall Chalk Art

For less than a dollar I had it copied onto an overhead projector transparency.  I grabbed my over head projector and hauled it over to the site.  I set up the projector on the other side of the room, grabbed a ladder and started tracing.  {NOTE: YES, I have an overhead projector.  Actually it is shared within our family.  If you aren’t lucky enough to have one in your family, try checking one out from your local library, church or school library, or office supply store OR read my tutorial for creating chalk art without an overhead projector HERE}

How to make giant Wall Chalk Art

I thought the text might be hard to read since it was black text on a black wall, but the light of the projector made it really clear.  After I traced everything, I turned off the projector and started embellishing a bit.

How to make giant Wall Chalk Art

 Here is your’s truly adding the finishing touches, the entire drawing process took about 90 min.  This photo shows how large the scale is of this wall.  I belive it is about 11 feet wide.  After I was happy with the design, I sprayed the entire chalk design with hairspray to set the design.  When they are ready for a new piece of art, damp paper towel will remove the entire chalk design, hai spray and all.

How to make giant Wall Chalk Art

 And here is the finished wall!  I wanted a bistro/cafe look so I found these perfect benches at World Market.  I love the buttery cream (official name: Oyster) microfiber and the turned wood legs.  We are still looking for the perfect tables and chairs for the other side but hopefully this gives you the feeling we were going for.

How to make giant Wall Chalk Art

To see my tutorial for smaller scale chalk art, without using an overhead projector, click the image below:

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23 Comments

  • Ah! The glory of the overhead projector. I call my Hector. Hector the Projector. He is in his mid-40s now, but works just as well as the day he was born. Your font choices are great! What a cool Cafe. Found you through Home Stories AZ link party. xoxo

  • Wow! That is beautiful. You are so talented!

  • WHOA! This is amazing!!! Love this:)

  • I adore this idea!! SO graphic and fun!

    I’ve pinned this!

  • Wow! How fantastic. Great idea and graphic!

    Lina@Fancy Frugal Life
    visiting from Tatertots and Jello

  • Who knew the overhead projector would have a second life for all of us crafty gals? LOL! Love it – great tutorial!

    Visiting from TT&J~
    Rhonda @ home.made.

  • Beautiful! Looks amazing. And I love the benches too! I visited you before when you created your first chalk board art-loved that as well! Thanks for share to DIY!

  • Wow! I’m in love with this chalkboard wall!

  • This looks incredible!! I want one in my house!! I just love the scrolly design!

  • Projectors are great, aren’t they? The chalk art looks FANTASTIC, nice job. I’m popping over from Happy Hour.

  • This is EXCELLENT info. I do murals with wall projections before but it probably wouldn’t have occurred to me to do a chalk mural this way. I am loving the way this looks. I have a projector that hooks up to my laptop that I used for my son’s playroom mural. This project might be going on my to-do list! Thanks for sharing your tips and tricks.

    • Beth,
      I’ve done many murals in my house with mine too. But with chalk, it is even easier! Tell me more about this projector and your laptop…maybe this is the way of the future :)
      Amanda

  • Wow, what an amazing stenciled wall and space!! I would love for you to come link up to my Get Social Sunday party and show off your awesome blog! http://alivedinhome.blogspot.com/2012/09/get-social-sunday_30.html

  • I’m starting to think that I need to add a projector to my tool arsenal. So many possibilities! This is stunning!

  • Love, love, LOVE it!!! I bought a bakery a month ago and have a case of chalkboard paint that is just itching to get used! I might have to tweak this to fit my space but yours is just beyond gorgeous!

    • Natalie, You bought a bakery?! Wow. I just went to your blog…you are adventurous! I think chalk art would look awesome along side your string art :)

  • You sure do a fabulous job with that chalk art, just beautiful! I’ve got this linked to my DIY chalk art post as well today, for inspiration!

  • Hi!
    I need to do a chalk mural for a show. I was planning on using white paint to try and simulate a chalk line, but nothing beats the real thing. The 12′ x 8′ mural/board is being painted at a different location, then transported to the show site. Do you think if I DID do it in chalk that the fixative will hold it in place OK??

    • Marilena, FOR SURE! If you spray it with a lot of aerosol hair spray, it will be very difficult to get it off! It takes a lot of scrubbing and hot water to get off the chalk under the hair spray. Have a fun show!

  • This is awesome! I just featured it in my chalkboard project roundup :) Have a great weekend!

    ~Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    http://upcycledtreasures.com/2013/07/25-creative-diy-chalkboard-projects/

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