Chalkboard Art Tips & Tricks
Have you ever seen those giant murals or chalkboards with intricate designs that look hand-lettered? You may be thinking, “How did they get their artwork on that wall so perfectly on such a large scale?”
We all have our own techniques, but today I’m going share my secret on how to create chalkboard art that is precise, fast and efficient. It is a fun and easy way to transfer your artwork that started as a sketch or digital art file at a small scale to a beautiful mural or chalkboard masterpiece. To give you a hint, a projector will be involved as a key tool.
Before I dive in, here are the materials you will need:
- Adobe Illustrator
- A desktop or laptop
- HDMI/Adapter to connect the projector to your computer
- Bistro chalk markers (you can also use regular chalk)
- T-square/ruler/straight edge
- Paper Towel
- Container of water
- Painters tape
- Sealer Spray
First, I start by researching what style lettering or font I want for my chalkboard. If you’re feeling stuck or clueless on where to begin, Pinterest will become your best friend. This is one of my favorite places to look for inspiration. I usually search for “chalkboard art,” “hand lettering design,” or “chalkboard letters.”
You will also discover that Pinterest is perfect for “freebies” such as fonts, illustrations, or chalkboard art elements. There are also many other great resources (some free) out there to help get you started on your design.
Here are some of my favorites!
Option 1 – Design in Adobe Illustrator
Before you start on your design, be sure to measure your chalkboard to find out the dimensions, as you will need these dimensions when creating a new art file in Illustrator. I like to use the same scale to ensure my design will fit nicely on the chalkboard. Also, now would be a good time to download and load any fonts and graphic elements you want to use for your design. Of course, you can also create your own! Once you have figured out the style you are going for, you can proceed to Adobe Illustrator. You are now ready to start designing.
Option 2 – Freehand Sketch
If you’re feeling brave, you can skip the previous step and sketch your own custom drawing in your sketchpad. Again, I try to use the same scale as my chalkboard when sketching my design. Once you finish your design, take a photo of it on your phone or camera and send it to your computer. Today I will be freehanding my design for this tutorial.
Step 2: Projector Setup
Step 3: Projection
Step 4: Clean up
This step is optional, but if you’re a perfectionist like me, you may want to continue reading. After I am done with my drawing, I like to take a q-tip, dip it in water, and clean up any lines I feel need a little love. Sometimes I do this step throughout the drawing process if I “mess up.”
Step 5: Seal
You are now finished and ready to hang up your chalkboard!