How to Draw Like an Artist On a Chalkboard

by Diane Henkler on 07/09/2012

Sherry at Young House Love, Katie at Bower Power, Kate at Centsational Girl, and Michelle at Ten June are holding a Pinterest Challenge Party this week.   It is a party for linking up a project that you completed that you have been itching to do since you pinned it to  a board on Pinterest.  This challenge gets your butt in gear to just do it! I took the challenge.

I wanted to re-learn how to draw on a chalkboard decoratively without being an artist.



Here are a few of the chalkboards I have pinned that were my inspiration.


Image Credits:   Inspired By Charm, Dana Tanamachi,  Dana Tanamachi has time lapse videos on her site. AMAZING!

When I first started working in retail display drawing signs was one of my jobs. When I stopped working at the store and no longer was creating signs by hand,  I lost my touch.  This challenge is my time to re-learn what I once knew how to do so well.  I am a bit rusty, but over the weekend I had a family birthday celebration at my house and embellished a chalkboard with a menu for the party.

How to draw Art-on-a-Chalkboard


Chalkboard art and lettering is not hard, the process just takes some planning and with each board you create – you will get better.  This post contains a step-by-step tutorial as well as a section on tips and tricks.

I know some of you may be saying, but I can’t draw a stick figure or have no idea what to draw?   This is when you head over to your boards on Pinterest or look in magazines for quotes, line drawings, and images you like.  Look for shapes you like, not complex art. Flowers, fonts, basic shapes are good images to start with.  Use a stencil or your doodles until you feel more confident.

I printed out the words “Happy Birthday” using my computer and printer as lettering inspiration.  I used the font: EcuyerDAX.   To print out swirls and flourishes to use as design elements to copy,  install a font that produces decorative elements instead of letters when you hit a letter key on your keyboard.

Free Decorative-Ornament-Fonts

Download the ornamental fonts here:  Bergamot Ornaments, Nymphette, Swinging

To learn how to install a free fonts see my post:  My Favorite Free Fonts


Chalkboard-Drawing-tips and tricks

  • If you are using a brand new chalkboard – season it first. This will help lessen “ghosting”.  Ghosting is when you draw on a chalkboard and after it is erased – you still see the images, but in black.   To season a chalkboard:  Use a full piece of chalk and run it on its side over the entire surface of the chalkboard.  Make sure to rub it in well.   Once the board is covered – erase it.   It is now seasoned.
  • Most important tip:  Don’t use dry chalk.  Dip the chalk in water before drawing on the board. As you work, keep dipping the chalk in water to keep it wet.  At first, the chalk lines will look faded – not bright – be patient and let it dry – it will dry bright white or whatever color chalk you are using.   You can also keep the board wet and draw on a wet board.  I did both.
  • Keep it simple at first – the more boards you create the better your drawings, centering, and lettering will become.
  • Make a sketch  to determine placement of your images and words.  Pick one image to make the focus. In my art it was the cake and copy – Happy Birthday.
  • Make a border – I used a square at each corner and double lines. I then filled the double lines in with dots of color.
  • Mix up font styles – Thick, 3-D, thin, serif, shadow, and script. A good rule of thumb is to use no more than 3 fonts.  One heavy print font, a script font, and one thin caps font.
  • To find the center of a word or words for one line – count the number of letters and spaces between each word.  For instance “Birthday” has 8 letters  - an even amount– no spaces, so the center is between the “T” and the “H”.   If I wanted “Happy Birthday” all on one  line.  The letter/spaces count would be:  14 – making the center point between the “B” and “I”.  If using both lower case and capital letters, capital letters take up a bit more room, but this is a good rule of thumb to center lettering.  Draw the center letter or space on your center point and then draw the other letters out from this center point to each side to complete your word. This is the hardest part of chalkboard art – making free hand letters. Some letters will be bigger and your centering will look off.  Mine is off, but it still looks OK  – not perfect – but fun and festive. Don’t try for perfection.  The imperfections can sometimes add to the charm of chalkboard art.
  •  Use a dime store pencil sharpener to keep the tip of  the chalk pointy.
  • Use colored chalk on the focus image or border.
  • When you add the wet colored chalk over existing dry white chalk it will appear that the white chalk has been ruined. It has not – just wet and looks faded. When it dries it will look nice and bright again.




How To Draw Like an Artist on a Chalkboard


Happy  Birthday  font:  EcuyerDAX   Menu:  Monterey BT

Entertaining and Party Ideas


Gather supplies:

Chalk – white and colors
Bowl or glass of water
Damp rag – Do not use paper towels – they will leave a fiber residue on your board. I used a Handi-Wipe.
Q-Tips – dipped in water are the best erasers to get into tight spots and fix mistakes.
Sewing measuring tape or ruler
Computer fonts or art print-outs, clippings, or stencils to use as visual guides
Sketch pad and pencil


1.  Clean board with a wet rag. Repeat to make sure you are getting as much chalk residue off the board before starting your drawing.

2. Use the tape measure to find the center of the board – width and height.  You can draw a faint line down the board to help guide you and erase it later with a Q-Tip.

How to draw art and lettering on a chalkboard

3. I like to do the border first as it helps guide me on how much space I truly have to draw on.   Use a ruler to make straight lines if needed.

4.  Using your sketch as a guide, start drawing your focal image. If you mess it up, just wipe it away and re-do it.  You can also use the chalk transfer method to get your drawing or photocopied image on to the chalkboard.

How to Transfer a Drawing to a Chalkboard

On the back of your drawing, lay a piece of chalk on its side and then rub the back of the paper with the chalk so it is covered with chalk.  Flip it over and place the paper/drawing where you want it to go on the chalkboard.  Draw over the image with a soft tipped pencil. The pressure from the pencil will transfer chalk to the chalkboard. When you remove the paper you will see a faint copy of your drawing.  Go over the lines with chalk to bring your image to life.

You can see more on how to do this in this post: Thanksgiving -How to Draw a Turkey on a Chalkboard

Chalkboard-Art Ideas

5.  Add in the rest of the design.



6. Add the color last.  Remember the white chalk around the newly applied colored chalk will look like it faded since water touched it after it was dry. Just let it be, it will dry bright white again.


7.  Erase mistakes and smudges with the tip of a wet rag and/or Q-Tip.

8. Let dry and display.

9. If you want to seal your design on the chalkboard so it will not smudge, spray regular hairspray in an aerosol can lightly over the design.


With a little practice and a few imaginative ideas you too, will be on your way to creating fun and festive chalkboards to use for entertaining or to add some of your personality when decorating your home.  Decorative Chalkboards can truly add a festive personal touch to your surroundings.



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1 Centsational Girl July 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm

LOVE it Diane, so excited for your tutorial (didn’t know about those tips!) and we can’t wait for the big Pinterest party tomorrow!


2 Diane July 9, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Hi Kate-

Thanks – I am looking forward to seeing all the projects linked up to the party. More ideas for all of us to PIN :) I haven’t gotten a chance to get over to your site after reading your Sunday post in my Reader to tell you thanks for featuring the decorative screen I made. You are the best!! Thanks XO


3 TR October 22, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Hey there Diane. I was looking for ideas for painting brass and stumbled upon this post you made about chalkboard art. Mind you, I have spent hours looking for good info on Chalkboard art being I am moving from painting windows to designing chalkboards for businesses. I love the tip on wetting the chalk. Chalk paint markers are WAY too expensive. Thanks so much!


4 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions July 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Good for you and you did a great job, Diane! I had no idea about wetting the piece of chalk. I will have to try that. Thanks for that tip!


5 Erin @ Two Story Cottage July 9, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Lots of great info! I just saw one at a wedding and wondered how they did it…. Yours looks fab! :)


6 Shannon Fox July 9, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Gorgeous!! Tons of great info too. Thanks for such a super post!!
I will be pinning to reference later.


7 Diane | An Extraordinary Day July 9, 2012 at 6:21 pm

The best tip of the day! Wet chalk/wet chalkboard. Who knew???? No wonder it was so difficult…..scrape, scrape, scrape.
Oh Diane….you are my favorite name sake!!!!


8 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:57 am

Hi Diane with one “N” like me. How many times in your life have you heard – Is that Diane with one n or two? :)


9 Amy @ the Happy Tulip July 9, 2012 at 6:25 pm

This is fantastic! Your chalkboard turned out beautifully. I had no idea using wet chalk was the way to go. I’ll definitely be trying that out soon!


10 Courtney {a thoughtful place} July 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

That looks amazing. I am in love with your blog. Wanted to let you know that your Ikea Billy Bookcase with the graphic fabric is my Pinterest inspiration for the challenge!!!


11 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

Hi Courtney – thanks so much XO. I feel so honored that you were inspired to do the Pinterest Challenge with something you pinned from my site. Looking forward to seeing it.


12 Jessica @ Mom 4 Real July 9, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Totally pinning this…I have a bit of a chalkboard obsession!


13 Sue July 9, 2012 at 9:20 pm


Awesome post, thanks so much for all of the tips. I am giving two chalkboards as gifts and am stealing the Happy Birthday with the Cake drawing – too cute!



14 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hi Sue – so happy you like the cake drawing – that is one item I have drawn since I was a kid. I call it my happy cake :) Just a simple outline of a festive cake. Best kind of art for a chalkboard drawing.


15 Ashley C. July 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Wow – such intricacy! Thanks for the tips – these are fairly “idiot proof” which is just what I need!


16 Stacey July 9, 2012 at 11:35 pm

What a fabulous chalk design! Thanks for the tutorial. I usually use chalk paint pens – they come in a lot of colors. :)


17 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:43 am

Hi Stacey- I have never used them, but want to try them. I think I would become a convert for the vast choice of colors :) Did you buy then at the craft or party store?


18 Nichole July 10, 2012 at 12:08 am

I *just* bought a chalkboard for my small business so these tips are very timely for me.

Awesome meeting you at the PSMM gathering tonight, btw!


19 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hi Nicole – I love the way chalkboards look when businesses use them. Good luck with chalkboard – lots of fun changing it up when you promote different things. I look forward to chatting with you at upcoming PSMM events.


20 Jenny@NorthwestLovelies July 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

Fantastic tips!! I’m a little obsessed with chalkboard art right now. I’ve done some, but will be doing more for a bridal shower, so these tips will come in handy! :)


21 Diane July 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

hi Jenny – I have a clipping of a wedding with a fabulous chalkboard as part of the decorations. It is so inspiring to me, but I have never found it online to pin. I think they add such an elegant, yet simple touch to a wedding -perfect for a bridal shower, too. Is it for your shower or someone else?


22 Alicia S July 10, 2012 at 12:27 am

Wonderful tutorial! I have been wanting a chalkboard like yours for ages now! The only thing is that the only place I really have room for it is on the side of my refrigerator. How to get it to stay there is the problem. Other than using silicone which is forever, how would I get it to stay in place? I thought of magnets but I don’t think it would stay as it would be too heavy. Any thoughts or ideas?


23 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

Hi Alicia -

I have a smaller chalkboard on my refrigerator that I have up with sheet magnets. I have them glued all over the back. It stays up well. I found them at the craft store. I think the 3M strips that Amy mentioned would work well for a heavier chalkboard. As long as your fridge doesn’t have condensation on it – They would be perfect and not damage the fridge door at all. They come in different sizes. You could add one to each corner and a few across the top to make sure it was secure.


24 Amy @ The Happy Tulip July 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

@Alicia S. Have you tried 3M Command strips? They usually hold pretty strong and aren’t “forever”.


25 July 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

I say skip the chalky chalk and use chalkboard markers. They are much richer and more vibrant! Will look awesome with that design :) Pretty!

Thrift Diving


26 July 10, 2012 at 12:43 am

Oj, meant to add that the chalkboard markers are what Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s use for their decorative chalkboard signs and they always look fantastic.

Thrift Diving


27 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

Hi Serena – I remember seeing the chalkboard markers in a magazine and I thought I clipped the source out so I could try them. The colors would be so much fun to work with. I will have to do an online search for them – Amazon, maybe? I have created art with markers on lighted boards, but they are not as classic looking as a chalkboard.


28 Serena @ Thrift Diving July 10, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Yep, get them from Amazon! I got mine there for $24. It’s called “Chalk Ink” and the colors are very rich. Even my kids love to use them! I always admire Trader Joes’ chalk ink signs when I’m there. LOL. They always look so creative!

Thrift Diving


29 KYBOE USA July 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

Great tips! I didn’t know about wetting the chalk or seasoning the board.


30 Pam @ Simple Details July 10, 2012 at 10:02 am

I’m 100% inspired to try it ~ thanks, Diane!


31 Coastal Femme July 10, 2012 at 10:13 am


Great tips….I learned alot!


32 Samantha Pellegrino July 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

THANK YOU!!! I spent hours yesterday looking for this very information and wake up to finding it right here and lovely!!! SO excited by this, a million thankyous! From cozy Canada :D


33 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:26 am

Thanks Samantha – Good timing! I always say when coincidences like that happen – it was meant to be :)


34 CAS July 10, 2012 at 11:08 am

This is such a cute & clever idea! Great tutorial, too! Thanks for sharing.


35 Amanda - Small Home Big Start July 10, 2012 at 11:09 am

This is awesome! I’ve always wondering how people got such great chalkboard signs and mine looked cloudy. Thanks for sharing all these great tips (and the fonts too!)


36 Dee July 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

So happy to see this info. Have not seen this detailed info on other blogs. I painted a door with chalkboard paint(two coats) and seasoned it but the finish seems rough and it is difficult to even print on; any suggestions on this?
And while I seasoned it there is still ‘ghosting’. I have to admit I disappointed with the door but don’t want to give up.


37 Diane July 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

Hi Dee- Any time you use chalkboard paint on a surface that is not an actual chalkboard it is always going to be a bit rougher. I have a chalkboard that I made by using spray paint chalkboard paint over an existing piece of art. It looks like a chalkboard, but it more porous and ghosts no matter what I do. To not get ghosting and a smooth finish for your art a good quality chalkboard is the way to go – like the ones we had in school :) Office supply stores sell them. If you want to keep working on the door. Perhaps sand it smooth and remove all the dust with a tack cloth and then try using the paint again – rolling or spraying it on will give you a more even coat. There are many chalkboard paints on the market – buy the highest quality brand you can find which also may help.


38 Jessica @ Decor Adventures July 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Diane this is amazing! I can think of so many things to write and design on a chalkboard. Love the tips! Great project :-)


39 Angie Simonsen July 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

These are fantastic tips!!! Thanks for sharing!


40 Athena at Minerva's Garden July 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Hi Diane: This is such gorgeous artwork–I never would have figured this out by myself in a million years, but now I’m inspired to get a chalkboard and give it a try, because it’s so beautiful. Thank you, and have a lovely week!


41 Kim T July 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love this … you make it look so easy and it is adorable! Thanks for the link to the fonts; can’t wait to try them!


42 Kristin @ The Hunted Interior July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

LOVE the water tip… definitely going to be trying this on my new chalkboard wall!!!


43 Tamara July 10, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Such great tips! Thank you for sharing! Never knew about using water…I can’t wait to try it out!


44 Yvonne @ StoneGable July 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

Diane, I just LOVE your creative blog!!! I am putting you on my blogroll! This is the best tutorial I have seen about writing on chalkboard!!! So useful, informative and beautiful!!!!
Your project would be perfect to share at TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS, my new weekly linky party! It is live every Wednesday evening at 8:00. Come on over and join in!
Thanks for all the great tips!


45 christine July 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Oh my gosh! How do you come up with all these creative projects?
This is a homerun!


46 Molly Branstetter July 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I adore your blog! Thank you so much for sharing this! How lovely!
So thrilled to be your newest follower! Have a very blessed day!


47 The Style Sisters July 11, 2012 at 1:22 am

This is such a great tutorial and beautiful idea! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share your ideas with us!


48 Danielle July 11, 2012 at 1:50 am

Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas. Dana Tanamachi is one of my very favorite artists; she does the most amazing work!


49 Jen July 12, 2012 at 6:58 am

Thank you so much! Always get frustrated because my boards never turn out like I want them to. This is awesome!


50 Jan Thomason July 12, 2012 at 11:11 pm

What a wonderful tutorial!
I’m not sure how I’m going to use this but I AM going to use it!

Question: Did you use chalkboard chalk on “what surface?” to make your “board”??
That part I’m confused about.

Thank you for sharing your tut!! Jan


51 Jan Thomason July 12, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Oops, just read the other comments and you answered my questions up above:)


52 gail July 14, 2012 at 10:48 pm

I make a lot of chalkboards Diane, and I know they would sell better if I could decorate them. I’m one of those “I can’t draw a stick figure”. I’ll put this on my “to do” list.
thanks so much for the tips! (a lot I already knew, like wet chalk) Because I’ve messed with so many pieces of chalk and chalkboards.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to do some simple drawings. thank you!
ps pinning this. :)


53 Becky@OrganizingMadeFun July 15, 2012 at 12:10 am

This is AWESOME!! I have almost the exact same chalkboard that I made, too! See:

I LOVE your tips…I’m totally pinning this for my next party to use on my chalkboard :) Diane, you ROCK!!

Becky B.
Organizing Made Fun


54 Dominika July 18, 2012 at 6:03 am

Wow. It doesn’t look like you’ve ever lost the touch. It’s just perfect. I am wondering how much our nationality (!) affects this kind of ‘art’. I noticed Bristish or Americans are taught very different style of handwriting at school. And even while grown-up & with own ‘style’ this favors things like this. Here, in Western/Central Europe we write, uhm, very artless way, so it is just a challenge to gains skills letting draw/write the way you do…


55 Diane July 18, 2012 at 10:26 am

Hi Dominika -

Here in the states we had handwriting as one of our subjects of study in grade school. I remember my mom saying she had to learn “penmanship” when she was a kid. Now with computers, today’s children are not learning handwriting skills, just keyboarding :) In college I took a few classes on calligraphy and that helped my own handwriting quite a bit. I love when I see a handwritten note in a beautiful script or print. To me is is art.


56 jenni July 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

oh…you cannot know HOW timely this was….i’m doing the menu board for my son’s wedding next week. i bought chalk-writers…they’re pens that come in white and 3 other colors. i went EVERYWHERE looking for them and found: they were either out of stock; people looked at me like i was crazy and pointed to chalk; most people never heard of them. i eventually found them at joann’s. THEE only place around. you probably could order them online. i haven’t experimented with mine yet, wanting to try it on a chalkboard i just made covering wall-board with annie sloane’s chalk paint. i think it might be easier than all the wetting and so forth. don’t know how easy it is to erase, though. we’ll have to see. i appreciate all the information about the fonts and dingbats. wish me luck! and i, too, adore fonts. sigh. love, love letters in all their shapes and styles. thank you for an AWESOME post!


57 Julie July 30, 2012 at 11:38 pm

Awesome tutorial! I’m definitely going to keep these tips in mind for my own chalkboard decorating. Question- I’ve recently come across “chalk pens.” Do you have any experience with those, and, if so, do they work just as well as regular chalk?


58 Natalie @ A Turtle's Life for Me July 31, 2012 at 12:55 am

Oh wow! This is wonderful and I can’t wait to practice! Your handwriting is so beautiful even on your practice copy! Thank you so much for this post!


59 Kristen @ Celebrate Every Day With Me July 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

Hi Diane! I love this! I just tried my first chalkboard art and blogged about it here:( I linked back to you and shared one of your pictures per your “permissions.” I’m so excited to try more. Thanks for a great tutorial!


60 Diane July 31, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Hi Kristen – I left a comment for you on your post, but it did not show up. Not sure if you have comment moderation. Your chalkboard came out great. I bet it made the dessert table a hit at your father-in-laws party. It makes me happy to know that one of my posts inspired you.


61 susie August 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

Thanks so much for sharing. I have always wandered how to achieve chalkboard drawings like the one you did.


62 belle August 10, 2012 at 7:30 pm

hi diane. my name is belle from malaysia. your site is super interesting especially for this post. i would like to ask you about the chalk it possible if i want to coat it with matt or glossy spray? for make it long lasting?


63 Diane August 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm

Hi Belle – I have not used a protective finish on a chalkboard, but I do not see why it would not work. It would be good to test it on a small section first or on a board you don’t care about to see if the chalk gets eaten by the spray paint. I think I would use matte spray finish on it so it looks more natural, but will still be protected. I would love to hear how it turned out.


64 nancy vecchione August 13, 2012 at 5:22 am

Love this! I’ve always wondered how to pull it off! Am heading out later today to get a chalkboard to try it out on! So cool! Great for weddings!


65 Mazzi Peled August 17, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Wow! That is a great article, very informative! Thank you for sharing :)


66 Vicki W August 29, 2012 at 10:58 am

Hi! Just found you via Pinterest. Great tutorial! I wanted to pass on something that may help as well. I hate my handwriting and could never get it to look good on my chalk board. I discovered that I could just print words or designs out on a piece of white paper. Quickly rub chalk over the back of the paper where the wording/design parts are. Using a lightbox or taping it to a window makes this quick and easy. Then lightly tape paper (chalked part down) on to chalk board. Using a stylis or very blunt pencil, trace your words/design and they will be faintly transferred to the chalk board. Now go over the faint lines with your chalk. What a quick and easy way to look very professional. I almost feel like an artist!


67 Diane August 29, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Hi Vicki – this is such a great idea for all of us who don’t think our handwriting is pretty. I am going to try it – sounds easy and if I get pretty results I will be one happy chalkboard artist. Thanks so much for sharing it.


68 Amy @ Maker Mama September 1, 2012 at 12:02 am

Thanks for such a great tutorial! My handwriting is terrible and it was great to have these tips!


69 Cindy Cecil September 3, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Hey! Thanks for the tutorial! It really helped me get started on a chalkboard for my daughters wedding reception. I was so not wanting to do this because I just can’t draw but….it was so easy! Thanks for your help.



70 Elaine September 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm

Just wondering if anyone is a lefty. I have problems with smudging on chalkboards and end up having to write from right to left so it isn’t ruined.

Any tips would be appreciated!


71 Diane September 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hi Elaine – I do not know of any tips since I am a righty and everyone around me is right-handed so I don’t have much insight into a left-handed world. Try a Google search for “How to write on a chalkboard left-handed and see what comes up. Maybe another lefty in the know will read your comment and reply to you, too.


72 Andy January 2, 2013 at 6:47 am

Hi Elaine

I’m a lefty – I use a piece of thick dowel with a heap of t-shirt scraps folded around one end and secured with a rubber band to form a knob. Rest that end on the chalk board and the dowel forms a rest to steady your left hand.


73 Diane Henkler January 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

Great tip Andy – thanks for sharing it here. I am sure all the lefty’s out there appreciate it :)


74 Kimber September 13, 2012 at 1:45 am

LoVe you’re artwork and creativity…very inspiring!!!

I sell gorgeous framed chalkboards (regular & magnetic) I use the highest quality chalkboard vinyl in the world…made in France.

I adore using the many fun colors that the chalk-ink markers come in. They are also available in my shop. They are so awesome because they are dust free & smear free. What you write stays on…until you choose to wipe it off!

My secret tool for removing ghosting comes in every order


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76 Darcy September 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

I love your great tips! Iv posted these on my Facebook!


77 Lynne September 28, 2012 at 11:33 am

Just came acroos your site from Pinterest and am so glad I did ! This post was so helpful, Thanks.


78 October 15, 2012 at 12:01 am

That chalk board specials of the month looks fantastic.


79 Melissa October 25, 2012 at 11:20 am

AWESOME tutorial. Thank you so much!


80 Kelly Trotter November 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

I am so glad I pinned this! I needed this tutorial today for a photo thank you card. :) So great, thank you so much!


81 CJ December 17, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Thanks for devaluing my art by stating what I do “isn’t hard” and that “anyone can do it.” Sure, anyone can print out some fonts, trace them over to a black board and paint it in with a fidgeting hand. Thing is, you can ALWAYS look at a homemade piece by someone without artistic talent and tell it was DIY, there’s still something to be said for hiring an artist to create art.
Doing it DIY and looking DIY isn’t hard, you are right. Doing it fluidly and making it look like art, that’s hard, and takes actual talent. DIY is blurring that line in a very bad way.


82 Diane Henkler December 18, 2012 at 2:06 am

Hi CJ – I wrote this post with no intention to devalue your art.I am in awe of your talent and others like you – who are true chalkboard artists. What you do is truly amazing and harder than any other type of art in my opinion, as you have to be precise and like you stated – have a very fluid hand, plus a sharp eye to work on such large scale projects while keeping everything in scale and the right perspective. I create chalkboards for myself on a small scale, just like I sew curtains, paint furniture, and try to learn the best way to do things to decorate my home. I can only wish I could draw like you. I love chalkboards and chalkboard art – there is just something so elegant and simple about them that attracts me to them. It is for this reason that I wanted to find out as much as I could about the art and how I could create some in my own style. Please know that you are a huge inspiration to all of us who do not have the natural talent to create amazing quality works of art with chalk.


83 jojo November 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

CJ, It’s art, it’s art.


84 Cafr Czar December 29, 2012 at 5:33 am

Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!


85 Leena Lanteigne January 18, 2013 at 11:38 pm

This is SO helpful! I have seen chalk boards with fancy writing adn wondered how in the world people did them! Stencils? Paint? I had no clue they were done with chalk and with this method! Thank you so much! I’m going to start practicing! Found you through FJI’s Saturday Night Special and will be following, looking forward to more fun posts! Hugs, Leena


86 Alexis January 25, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Hi Diane,

It always takes me a long time to complete projects such as this and I don’t know if it’s because I’m trying too hard to make it perfect or if it takes everyone else just as long. So, I am curious to know how long it took you to make this beautiful piece of chalkboard art?


87 Diane Henkler January 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Hi Alexis – I made the chalkboard in about 20 minutes. The cake I drew on it is something that I am very familiar with drawing. If I am doing new art, it may take longer depending on the details. Before I start drawing, if I make centering marks – the process goes much faster as everything I draw is centered. It is when I don’t make the center marks – thinking I can eye it correctly that I have to redo it usually as something will be way off. The more you do it – the faster you will be able to get it completed. Mine are not perfect – which in chalkboard art sometimes gives it more character.


88 Debbie January 29, 2013 at 2:52 pm

These are fantastic tips! I’m pinning this to remind myself when I switch up my board. Hopefully, it will look as good as yours now! Thanks Diane.
Debbie :)


89 dani r February 5, 2013 at 5:52 pm

love this tutorial! i have a massive chalkboard in my kitchen/dining area for me to be artistic on & for my kids to mess about on. looking forward to trying out some of your tips. i do have a question, however … you mentioned “seasoning” at the start of your post. and then you started your tutorial by saying to totally wipe clean with a wet cloth. does this not reverse the seasoning or is seasoning forever, no matter how many times you wet wipe the board? also … wet chalk? who knew?? :)


90 Jen @ Through My Creative Mind Blog February 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

Thank you for the article! I just started my chalkboard obsession and was frustrated with the look of the chalk. Thanks for the great tips!

Stop on by and check my blog out if you would like. Here is a direct link to one of my chalkboard postings on it.
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91 Anna Ray February 18, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Just ran across your wonderful blog. Do you have a favorite brand of chalk?


92 Diane Henkler February 18, 2013 at 11:02 pm

Hi Anna – I use Crayola. It is not too soft or hard. I would like to try some different brands to see if one is better than others.


93 Michelle March 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I was just asked TODAY to do a 8ft by 6ft chalk board for my brothers wedding TOMORROW. YIKES! I asked Mr. Google “how to” and he told me you could help!! Thank you so much for this AMAZING POST!!!


94 Diane Henkler March 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

Hi Michelle – that is pretty awesome size board. You will rock it. Keep the water and the Q-tips handy. :) Congrats to your brother. I hope you have a wonderful time at the wedding.


95 Paula June 2, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Thank you SO much! I’ve been looking around to see the easiest and most uncomplicated tutorials for weddings that I’ve been asked to do. Pinned it!


96 Phil July 31, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for this post, I was having such an incredible amount of trouble writing on my chalkboard in a manner suitable for display, this was such a great tutorial! Thanks Again!


97 C September 3, 2013 at 6:06 am

Thank you for this tutorial! It worked perfectly and was so easy! My chalkboard for my daughter’s 1st day of school photo came out perfectly using your method!


98 Bimala Raut October 22, 2013 at 6:21 am

This is fantastic! I din’t know that even using chalkboard we can make this much beautiful art. Really loved your chalkboard tips and tricks..


99 AE November 18, 2013 at 10:51 am

Great tips! I especially love the wet idea and using a pencil sharpener, genius! When I am centering lettering, like your “happy birthday”, the center, for me, would actually come BETWEEN the “b” and the “i”. So you would be putting the letters b and i on either side of the center. If that makes sense. I have handmade many invitations, posters, newsletters etc. and this has always worked for me. Any words and spaces together would have to have an uneven number to use only one letter as the center.
Thanks for all your great info. Happy chalking!


100 gino camelli November 20, 2013 at 3:17 pm

How long will chalk writing display last on a blackboard or chalk board?


101 Diane Henkler November 20, 2013 at 4:44 pm

It will last a long time – years, as long as someone doesn’t rub up against it.


102 Marilyn December 5, 2013 at 3:20 pm

So you clean the board after you season it for the first time? Does that get rid of the seasoning job you just did on the new board? Thanks so much for your help. :)


103 Diane Henkler January 2, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Hi Marilyn – Yes, you clean the board after you season it. When you wash the seasoning off – there is still a residue left – this residue creates an evenness to the surface which will make any new chalk markings stand out more. You can season it when you first get it and then again after using it. It will help get rid of any previous chalk markings on the board and make new chalk go on more evenly.


104 Tina December 18, 2013 at 10:16 pm

I did a airport table for my grandson in Chalk (because an artist I am not). It was easy to erase each and every time I made a mistake. Now I am wondering is I can paint directly over my chalk. I just wanted to use the chalk to draw it all out. Will acrylic paint still adhere with the chalk underneath?


105 Diane Henkler December 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

Hi Tina – If the chalk is not written on too heavy or thick, it should be fine to paint over. If the chalk was applied thickly – I would blot it with a paper towel to lessen the chalk to the point that you can still see to follow your design, then paint. Use a light coat, let it dry, clean up the chalkboard to remove any chalk dust, then apply one more light coat of paint.


106 Emma January 31, 2014 at 7:13 am

Looking for tips on how to go about one of these for my daughters 1st birthday with ‘stats’ as I have seen beautiful ones.
Before I start, am I assuming it will smudge where I will be drawing onto it? or once outline done and and colour my hand will smudge this?
Also, if I wanted to keep it as a keepsake what is best to use to ‘seal’ the chalk.
Many Thanks


107 Diane Henkler January 31, 2014 at 7:32 am

Hi Emma -

Use regular hairspray in an aerosol can to seal the chalkboard. You can also use what is called Permanent Fixative. It is sold in craft stores in the art supply aisle.


108 Emma January 31, 2014 at 7:34 am

Thank you Diane. Any tips about smudging?


109 Kaccy February 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I love this! It helps you take your photos or pictures to a larger size and centers them over a large section…if that makes sinces…lol! Great tutorial! Thank you! I want to make a chalkboard sign for my craft shows!


110 Dani February 25, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Silly question, possibly: If you use the hairspray will that seal the chalkboard and make the chalk permanent?


111 Diane Henkler February 25, 2014 at 10:50 pm

It is not a silly question. Hairspray will help seal the chalk so it won’t smudge or wipe off easily. Only use a light mist of the cheap stuff while the board is laying flat. Don’t hang it until it is dry. It may appear that the image is gone after spraying, but it will appear after the hairspray has dried. I believe if you wash it with soap and hot water you will be able to clean off the chalkboard to reuse.


112 Dani March 2, 2014 at 12:36 am

Oh, okay :) I’ll try it now. Thanks for the quick response !


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