Here is the “before”….I won this cool chalkboard painted cheese tray…or board…whatever folks call these. Yellowbrick Trading Company asked their Facebook “likers” to leave a comment to be entered in a drawing. Lucky ME! My name was among those drawn and this is what I got
OK…normally, I dive in and do up a chalkboard all freehand…and eyeballin’. The reason? It’s a challenge…and fun to see the imperfections. I don’t really like things to be too straight and perfect. Another reason is this…I can always just erase something and start over! Makes sense, right?
Well, this time, I am wanting a specific message on this cheese board…and I want it to stay there for a loooong time. To accomplish this, I’m using permanent chalkboard pens. Once I make a mark, it’s there…for a looooong time. For this reason, I wanted some kind of a template to work from.
I knew I wanted WINE to be in a more curvy font and CHEESE to be all caps and more blocky…..a BLOCK of cheese…right? I found a font on my mac and printed it to scale. Now, how to get that lightly traced on the chalkboard?
I turned the CHEESE paper over and rubbed white chalk on that backside. “Well, butter my back-side and call me a biscuit!” …I’m sorry…I got a little side-tracked….
Then flip over the page right side up and lay it on the chalkboard where you want it. Then it’s just a matter of tracing around the letters…
And….there you go!
You can see when you look at the C that it’s not perfectly shaped. That’s no problem…this chalk will be erased later, so it’s just fine.
Next, I hand drew some letters for the WINE word on a piece of paper with black marker. Well, first I did it with pencil, then traced with the marker.
I repeated the tracing step with the WINE letters.
Once the words are traced onto the chalkboard with regular, erasable chalk, it was time to get out the white permanent chalkboard pen and have some fun!
I traced around the letters free hand at this point….no more templates and I didn’t do this as a stenciling…just tracing…like we used to do from coloring books as kids…remember?
Now, even MORE fun for me…working on each letter to make it more interesting and give the words more depth.
For the graphic images, I just crudely free-handed them. But you could certainly find something you like online and print it and use the same tracing method I used on the word CHEESE. Try Microsoft’s clip-art…you’re sure to find something to use for free Once the regular chalk picture looks the way you want, go over it with the permanent, white pen.
Once all the letters and pictures were on with the permanent pen, I let it dry for a few minutes and then used this dish towel (slightly damp) to wipe away the original tracings of the erasable chalk.
Now that the powdery residue of the original tracings was gone, I used a couple of the pen colors to add just a hint of highlights to the images…then I was DONE
This is usually my favorite part of any project…playing with different still shots…it was fun to put my new signage in different positions to see which I liked the best. These last 2 are positioned on our wine/booze bar. This cupboard is 100 years old…I love it totally.
I think I like this shot the best….and there you have it.
Anyone can do this! Give it a try and just have fun. You know…even with the permanent pens, you could always paint over stuff you don’t like with another coat of black chalkboard paint and start over. And you know what? You can’t do things like this a WRONG way…it’s whatever makes your tummy happy