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When we added a schoolroom to our house a couple of years ago, we added a pretty large chalk board (my board is about 2’x3′). In my head I imagined it would be used as a teaching tool, something the girls would work math problems on, but it ended up being something VERY different. One day I decided to doodle on it and before I knew it I was hooked. I had a serious case of chalk-art fever and making new creations every week became something I looked forward to.
After the first year I slowed way down and doodled less frequently, but it is still something that I love to do and something that brings me so much joy. Today I want to recap some of the chalkboard designs I have doodled so far in 2017!
Cinderella inspired quote. This is one of my all time favorites that I have made.
A tribute to Grandpa John.
I just had to doodle a board for the Daytona 500!
A super simple Valentines Day board.
Another super easy Valentine board.
I always doodle birthday boards for the girls. This is the second time I have doodled this design for Em.
Adventure Awaits! Such a true phrase for our family this year.
When I was super sick and the board was left blank Marissa and Emily took over and created this. Sweet girls.
The Gimore Girl obsession is real! This phrase, lol. I say it all the time.
I created this board in a matter of minutes one day. I used blue, purple and green but you really can’t tell.
Good Friday 2017
Easter morning 2017!
A spur of the moment Cinco de Mayo board. I adore the lettering here. It is some of my favorite lettering that I have done.
There you have it, 13 boards in about 4 months! Not quite the one a week pace I hoped to keep, but not too bad either.
Now for some chalkboard art advice…
- You don’t need pretty handwriting to be good at chalk art. Take it from me, I have the handwriting of a serial killer. I think it has more to do with the artistic side of your brain. I also seem to do better writing on a surface that isn’t laying flat.
- Practice makes perfect. I would love to say I do all my boards with no erasing, that just isn’t true. 80% of the time I erase something multiple times. Don’t expect perfection. Also, Q-tips are your friend.
- Cheap chalk is king. I buy .42 cents a box Rose Art chalk at Wal-Mart and it works like a charm.
- Use a small pencil sharpener to sharpen the chalk as needed.
- Get inspired. If I just sat down to doodle on a board without looking at others I would really struggle. When I first started I would duplicate boards I saw on Pinterest. Now I like to recreate them to be more me.
- Check out this book, The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering. It is a great resource for someone wanting to get started creating their own chalkboard art. I still have it on my nightstand months after buying it.
If you have any chalk-art related questions, be sure to ask in the comments!
Do you have a chalkboard in your house?
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