пятница, 5 сентября 2014 г.

Chalkboard 101

Chalkboard 101

Chalkboard 101

I picked it up at a local store in Lynden, Washington – Grandiflora. I know they have some things available online but I’m not sure about the chalkboard.

Thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday, i see the chalkboard craze also involves some planning and good art skills, so much fun!

Such a cool tutorial! I recently did a post on teaching yourself how to hand letter, and this would be such a fun project to try out! Thanks for sharing, tweeting and scheduling to pin!

Very cute chalkboard & post. I have a partial wall I’ve painted as a chalkboard and I love keeping it current for all the seasons/birthdays/etc.

Thank you for such a comprehensive guide. I love the way chalkboards look, but I’ve been overwhelmed by all the options, so I never got one. Now that I know a little more, I think I need to start looking for a good quality chalk board.

Jenn, I’m with you, chalkboards are super fun and I love changing the quotes or drawings each time! Thanks for all these tips! I bought a chalk marker the other day and used it for the first time. I love it for the smaller chalkboards, works great! Btw. the kitchen towel underneath the chalkboard is amazing!!! Love it!!!

I love your big chalkboard with the towel hanger on it! I am slowly working on my hand lettering so I can try to do chalkboard signs like this. Thanks for all the helpful tips!

Stopping by from This is How We Roll.

I am *this close* to turning my latest thrift store find into a chalkboard piece. Thanks so much for all the great tips! Pinning!

Thanks for sharing such a great post. It’s very detailed and suggest things I haven’t even thought about.

I also really love your hugs and kisses tea-towel holder

This is a really great guide to one of my favorite decorations. Pinning!

Great tutorial with very clear illustrations. Thank you. Visiting from Diana Rambles.


Thanks! Yes, chalkboards are the best!

Love! Pinned and tweeted! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at our linky party. We hope to see you next Monday @ 7 because we can’t wait to see your new creations! Happy Saturday! Lou Lou Girls

This is awesome! I learned the hard way that Magic Eraser works. I must have tried everything in between! I wish I had read this first. Fabulous tips.

This is so silly but I didn’t know you had to prep the chalkboard! haha So glad I found this tutorial! Great pics and tips!

Thank you for linking up with the Weekend Wind Down Link Party! You have been chosen to be one of our features! We will rotate this tutorial throughout our Facebook, Pinterest, twitter and G+ and it will be posted on my blog this coming Friday! So make sure to come back and check it out as well as link up another awesome article!



I LOVE this Jenn!! Definitely needed to see this tutorial. Pinning for later

This is a very useful post – I admit I’ve never really thought much about using chalkboards except when I see a cute one nicely done, but partially, I think it is because I didn’t know how to care for them and I was afraid they’d just be a mess! Thanks for all the hints and tips!

Thanks for sharing this with us on Throwback Thursday! Hope to see you next week!


Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared. Hope to see you again soon.


Thanks for the easy tutorial. I will be be doing my first craft fair and I want to put my logo on a chalkboard. After reading your post I think I want to use both the barkers because I want a more permanent result. Do you know if there is anything I can use to keep the design from removing? I don’t want rain to destroy it and it would be nice if I could reuse the sign for the next craft fair.

Thanks again for sharing!


I used this post to create the first chalkboard message I ever really loved. I found an antique frame (all scroll-y) and I’m turning it into a chalkboard. Thanks to your post I know how to! Thank you for sharing your knowledge!

Awesome! Sounds like you will have a lot of fun putting it all together.

What do you recommend using on chalkboard vinyl if you DO want certain lines to be permanent? I’m making a calendar from a repurposed frame, and I want the calendar lines & boxes to be permanent. I can use chalkboard pens for the month and days so they are not permanent. Thank you in advance for any information information you can provide me!

Sorry you’re having troubles! Is your wall textured at all? I know chalkboard paint does not work well on these surfaces. Did you wait three days to allow the paint to cure before seasoning? When I use the magic eraser, it’s more to erase “hard” areas where the chalk has set – I generally find I don’t need it for just the light seasoning. I lightly dampen it, rub it over the areas that are stained with the chalk, allow to dry, and then wipe away any excess with a cloth. What kind of mess do you have now? Chalkboard walls are EXTREMELY dusty so hopefully you are prepared for that! I always think that part of the charm of chalkboard walls is the light chalky background so don’t be too concerned with getting everything off. Once you have your design on there it will look great!

This is awesome! I was just asked to be in charge of writing announcements on the chalkboard at my son’s school. People think I am artistic because I make cards – but I really rely on my stamps and ink to make things look good. You have come to my rescue with this wonderful tutorial.

Your frame sounds cute! I was talking about using a non-porous material if you were making your own chalkboard and using chalkboard paint. It does still work with other materials but you may need to touch it up with new paint if you use it a lot. I use the wet wipes version of the chalk ink and it has worked well on all of my chalkboards when it comes to erasing it. I do usually use a Magic eraser though instead of just water. Have fun with yours!!

Once the chalk ink pens are dry they won’t smudge. If there is a possibility of it getting wet, use the artista pro line instead of the wet wipes. It’s waterproof but can still be removed with an ammonia based cleaner (like Windex).

One of my favorite things to decorate each season is our chalkboards. They are easy to change out, are a fun way to express some creativity, and don’t need to be taken down and stored at the end of each season or holiday. If you have been intimidated about creating your own chalkboard art or just need a little help to get going, I have put together some basic tips for you. Obviously, I am no great chalkboard artist, but I really enjoy putting them together and want to share my chalkboard love with you. I encourage you to just give it a try – it only gets easier with practice and it can always be erased!

So if you are wondering how to get started, here are some basic chalkboard 101 tips and tricks to read first.

Pick a good quality chalkboard. Obviously you will need a chalkboard for this, but remember that all chalkboards are not created equal. Many of the cheaper chalkboards are just wood that have been painted with a chalkboard finish. Since wood is porous, a lot of the paint ends up soaking into the wood. While this type of chalkboard will work okay for regular chalk, it does not hold up well to wet cleaning and can easily scratch and etch with use of chalk pens or pencils that require water to wipe clean. Non-porous chalkboard surfaces such as porcelain, laminate, metal, vinyl, etc. will be much more durable and less likely to leave those faint “ghosting” marks when you try to erase your creations.

Prepare your chalkboards. When you first purchase a chalkboard, paint anything with chalkboard paint, or use water on your chalkboard, you will need to season it before you actually draw on it. This helps to prepare the surface for handling the chalk and will help to prevent the chalk from leaving a permanent mark {called ghosting or burning} when you go to remove it. To season your chalkboard, you simply need to rub the side of a piece of chalk over the entire chalkboard and then erase with a dry cloth or paper towel. Not only does this protect your chalkboard, but it also gives it a more authentic, rustic look.

Pick your “chalk”. There are a few choices when it comes to deciding what you are going to write on your chalkboard with. Your choice will depend on the design that you are drawing, how permanent you would like it to be, and the texture and overall look that you are going for.

Regular Chalk – If you like the classic chalkboard look, all you need is some basic old Crayola chalk. Regular chalk is great to use as you can easily shade and outline by just changing the pressure applied to the chalk. To get crisper lines, use a pencil sharpener to sharpen the chalk to as fine a point as you would like. Even if you are going to be using chalk pens or pencil crayons, always have some regular chalk on hand to roughly sketch out your design and to use for creating grids on the chalkboard.

Chalk Pens – There is quite a variety of chalk pens on the market, but after trying a variety of them, I definitely prefer the Chalk Ink brand for the vibrancy of the colors and the evenness of the application. Chalk Ink markers can actually be used on any non-porous surface – glass, counters, metal, tile, etc. so you can find a lot of fun uses for them outside of the basic chalkboard. They also come in 4 different varieties of tips and a HUGE variety of colors. Be sure to store your chalk pens horizontally {not standing up in a jar} to avoid it from drying out. Be aware that there are TWO types of chalk ink pens – the wet wipes version will come off easily with water and the artista pro markers are more vibrant and designed for longer wear or in situations where the chalkboard may get wet. You can purchase the Chalk Ink markers on Amazon or you can get 20% off on their website using the code ‘CLEAN20’.

Chalk Pencil Crayons – I find that the pencil crayons are great when I am doing more of a sketch, as I can really lightly outline my design without having to worry about smudging like I do with the regular chalk. The main downfall of the pencil crayons is that they are quite difficult to remove afterwards – especially in areas that you have pressed hard. It can be done – it just requires some scrubbing power!

Combination – I usually like to use at least a little regular chalk {even if it is just some chalk dust} on most of my chalkboards to give it more of an authentic chalkboard look. Smudge some chalkboard dust around your chalk pen designs or lightly shade in some of your outlines.

Gather additional supplies. In addition to your writing utensils, it is helpful to have a few other basic supplies on hand including a pencil sharpener {you will need on of the two-hole pencil sharpeners so you have the larger hole}, cotton swabs for touch ups or to smudge chalk for a softer look, a ruler or straight edge to draw guidelines or help with your layout, and a cloth rag. I also like to keep a little glass of water nearby, to dip the cotton swab or cloth rag in if I need a little extra erasing power.

Know how to erase your work! A slightly damp, soft microfiber cloth will generally remove regular chalk from a good quality chalkboard. For more set in chalk or other chalk mediums such as chalk pens or pencil crayons, a little more power may be needed. Start with just the damp towel and cloth, but when extra strength cleaning is required the Mr. Clean magic eraser will be your friend – it has not failed me yet! Depending on the quality of the chalkboard {and the quality of your chalk pen}, it may require a little bit of scrubbing, but just stick with it. Windex wet wipes also work quite well for erasing chalk pens. If all else fails, you can always purchase some chalkboard paint and repaint your chalkboard surface. As stated above, the wood chalkboards will gradually lose their chalkboard coating over time with wet wiping and will need to be repainted.

Use a ruler. Depending on your design, creating grids or at least creating a line for the top and bottom of your letter heights, is often helpful. Using your ruler and a very light touch with your chalk, draw in your guidelines for your basic design. Once your are done, you can use the cotton swabs {or even your finger!} to erase what is left of them.

Have fun. Think of favorite quotes or seasonal elements to help get you started on your chalkboard designs. There is chalkboard inspiration everywhere – cards, signs, advertisements, and, of course, Pinterest! Start simple and gradually work on expanding your own style. There really is no other medium that is more forgiving than chalkboard. I promise you will have fun!

And remember that chalkboard is a great organization tool too – check out our cleaning closet!

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