Chalkboard Art – Magnolia Mom
I think the chalkboard trend is really cute, but I’ve discovered that it is much harder than it looks to write something that doesn’t look like it belongs in an elementary classroom. This DIY from Magnolia Mom gives great pointers on how to write “pretty” on chalkboards, and even includes a video tutorial. Check it out!
The Secret to Chalkboard Calligraphy
Chalkboards are a trendy and fun addition to your home or event; they can give direction, add a personal touch to your space, and label just about anything. There’s no doubt that they’re cute and helpful, but the real trick is writing on them. We weren’t all born with the calligraphy bug, so we’ve put this simple how-to for “faking chalkboard calligraphy” (and print!) together to ensure you’re prepared for the next event on your calendar.
Chalkboards are great for:
– Writing an inspirational quote to hang in your space
– Labeling food and drinks at a party
– Menus and place settings at a dinner
– Labeling herbs in your garden
– Seasonal signage in your home
– Labeling organizational bins
– And a million different things for big events like a wedding or baby shower
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Finding the perfect size and shape chalkboard for your space is key. We’ve put together a collection of our favorites from the Market here.
So, now that you’ve picked out the occasion you’re writing for and the chalkboard you’ll be using, here’s what you’ll need:
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– Either classic chalk or a chalk pen. We use the chalk pen brand “Chalk Ink” in this tutorial, but any craft store pen will do. If you’re having trouble deciding which to use for your project, know that classic chalk is great for temporary projects you’ll want to easily erase. It also has more of a classic chalk “look” to it than a pen. Pens tend to look slightly “cleaner” and last more permanently than chalk.
– Scissors or a knife for sharpening if you opt to use classic chalk. (Proceed with extra care!)
– A Magic Eraser. The Magic Eraser completely erases any marks, mistakes, or chalk residue.
– A piece of scratch paper cut to the size of your chalkboard for spacing practice.
Whether you prefer to write on your chalkboard in print or in “calligraphy cursive” is completely up to you, but for those of you who’d like to try your hand at calligraphy, here are a few tips for beginners –
1. Calligraphy is not as fluid as classic cursive. Each letter you write should be an individual character, so don’t try to connect them fluidly like you would, say, your signature. Try to write one cursive letter, and then pick up your pen. Start the next letter by “connecting” it to the letter before it. Practice makes perfect.
2. After you’ve written and connected your letters, go back with your writing utensil and “darken” your downstrokes. So sketch over your word again, and anywhere your pen would’ve moved downward, thicken the line. Your upward strokes should remain thin.