How to create your own Inspiration DIY Chalkboard. |
Recently I have been seeing a lot of chalk hand illustrated typography pop up on inspiration sites. So this weekend I decided to take on a fun little project of making my own inspiration chalkboard. If you would like to make your own, I’m going to list out the supplies that you will need and a few tips that I figured out in my first attempt.
How to create your own Inspiration DIY Chalkboard. |
Photos by Kaleb Nimz
What You Will Need:
Surface (wood, metal, etc.) I used 1/4 in. hardboard
Paint roller or Sponge roller
Masking Tape
Prep work
Start by cleaning the surface that you are about to paint. This will insure that you will have as smooth of a surface as possible. I wiped the hardboard down with a wet paper towel to get any extra particles off.
Once the hardboard is dry you can apply your first coat of chalkboard paint. Try to apply the paint in long even strokes to prevent any ridges or bumps from forming. Once the first coat is dry you can apply the second coat and same with the third. The back of the paint can said to let the paint dry for a minimum of 30 minutes before applying a second coat. That seemed to be enough time for me, but depending on where you live, the temperature and humidity could affect the drying time.
After three coats of paint, we are ready for the fun part: Illustration time! For this piece I chose to illustrate my theme word and Bible verse for 2013 (part of a new year’s resolution I’ve been doing the past few years). This way I can be reminded of what I am trying to focus on in 2013. If you know how to use any design programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop or Indesign it will make this part a little easier. I used Illustrator to create my example. I would recommend picking out 2-3 fonts that complement each other and start playing around with different designs. This can get a little overwhelming if you don’t have a plan.
Start by breaking the quote into sections, it will be easier to manage.  I like to begin with my favorite part of the quote, once I have that section finished I move on to the next part and so on.
The hardboard is primed and the quote is ready to go. Now I used the blue tape to create a base line for each section and create a grid on the board. This helps by keep everything clean and some what straight. Now you can hand render the quote using the one you designed on the computer as a reference. This part I found out that it was easier to illustrate the bigger type and the smaller details on the fonts were lost. Next time I will either choose a bigger surface, or choose bolder type. Remember to have fun and don’t get to upset with smudges. They bring out the charm of chalk illustrations, and thats what we have the Qtips for. When you finish peel off all of the tape and using the Qtips and water wipe off any smudges that you don’t want.
You have now created your first Inspiration Chalkboard and a great memory refresher to look at each day. Let me know if you have any questions.


14 Comments on Inspiration Chalkboard by Kaleb

  1. Rachel Weaver
    February 4, 2013 at 9:23 pm (8 years ago)

    I like the project and I love the verse, though living it is a heck of a lot harder than I care to admit.

    • Brewed Together
      February 5, 2013 at 4:05 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Rachel! You are so right. This verse is very hard to live. That’s why we decided to make ourselves a little reminder. 🙂

  2. Jessie‘s LalaLand
    February 5, 2013 at 6:52 am (8 years ago)

    Great DIY project!
    Thanks for your sweet comments in my blog 🙂

  3. Pink Ronnie
    February 7, 2013 at 3:27 am (8 years ago)

    I am extremely impressed by this! Love it. I’m not sure I would be able to do such an amazing hand rendering job…
    Ronnie xo

    • Brewed Together
      February 7, 2013 at 3:50 am (8 years ago)

      Thanks Ronnie! We’ll bet that you would have a lovely and unique hand rendering style. Let us know if you decide to try it out! 🙂

  4. Miss Ling
    February 21, 2013 at 8:39 am (8 years ago)

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  5. littlemissling
    February 21, 2013 at 8:40 am (8 years ago)

    I love this! I love the look of chalk on blackboard, and I love this verse! Blackboard paint is such a good idea. I’m very tempted to use it in our future home, but does the chalk create a chalky mess? Or does it completely stay put once you write it on? I just remember the mess on the floor of classrooms…

  6. Judy Beltrez
    March 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm (8 years ago)

    this is so awesome. I cant wait to start something like this in our home.


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