Thursday, June 16, 2016

DIY Chalkboard Sign

Don't you just love all those calligraphy, cursive fonts on those wooden and blackboard signs? You think oh I could totally do this then it turns into one of those pinterest fails when you realize your cursive sucks and you have a shaky hand.. been there- done that! Well today I've got an easy DIY to use on wood or blackboard! You only need access to a computer and some chalk! Read how easy below!

Step 1- Measure the sign you would like to put your font on. Once you have done this, create your font saying on a computer. You can use Microsoft Word or Publisher or Adobe Illustrator. Since I have a graphic design background, I have a lot of downloaded fonts on my computer which I used to create this one (Salt & Spices Pro)

Step 2- Print out your design on regular computer paper. I traced over the font to get the hang of the curves before I actually wrote it on the board. But if you are not a crazy perfectionist like me.. skip this step!

Step 3- Using a piece of white chalk, rub the back of the paper that has your design on it. Make sure to go over areas that have the design twice.

Step 4- Tape your design to your board to ensure it doesn't move when tracing. Using a pen trace over your design. Be sure to go over everything you want to show up on the board. Check in the corner to make sure your design is showing up on the board. 

Step 5- Gently remove the paper to reveal your design. I used a chalk permanent marker with a fine point to trace over the chalk. Be aware of your hand placement when tracing over the chalk to not smudge your design. 

Wipe away any excess chalk left over from your original tracing. If you want to seal your design and not worry about smudge, you can spray with a light coat of hair spray and let dry. 

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