Did you know you can use a stencil on your chalkboard to create chalk art? I’m going to show you just how easy it is using re-usable stencils bought from stores like Hobby Lobby or Amazon or stencils made from your personal cutter like Silhouette or Cricut!
Supplies you will need
- Chalk-Your choice: colored, white chalk, Chalk Markers, or Chalk Pencils
- Stencils: Pre-made re-usable stencils or click here to see how you can make your own stencils with your personal cutter (Silhouette) and contact paper!
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One thing I found out while playing with chalk, chalk markers and making a chalkboard sign. We need to know our surfaces.
When you make your own chalkboard signs with chalk paint, this will result in a porous surface and regular old-fashioned chalk will work best.
Purchased chalkboard signs, if they have a somewhat shiny surface are probably non-porous and you can use chalk markers.
Now of course I am not good at following rules so I had to try out my new chalk markers on my homemade porous chalkboard sign and sure enough, it worked like a charm.
I used a damp rag when I was done to wipe off my “design” and it came off just fine, BUT so did the chalk I had used to season my sign to prevent ghosting.
Seasoning a chalkboard is crucial so you do not have “ghost” left behind of your design when you want to wipe it off.
You can click here to see how I seasoned my chalkboard sign.
I imagine after repeated uses of chalk markers and using a damp rag on my homemade chalkboard sign will mean I may need to re-paint my sign in the future, but I’m ok with that.
If you’re not, then you may want to stick to regular old-fashioned chalk.
Using pre-made re-usable stenCILS
Don’t have a personal cutter such as a Silhouette or Cricut?
You can use those cute re-usable stencils from Walmart, Amazon, or Hobby Lobby to embellish your chalkboard!
Coffee lover? I got this adorable stencil from Amazon and had a blast playing with it and my chalk and chalk pencils! If you’re interested in this stencil, click here.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match colors! you can use your fingers to rub the chalk inside the stencil lines to blend them together a little!
If you make a mistake, just use a damp rag to wipe off your mistake and try again.
CLICK BELOW TO SEE HOW I USED MY OWN STENCIL ON A CHALKBOARD
using stencils made with your personal cutter and contact paper
This is right up my alley!!
Basically you will treat this as stenciling a sign and instead of using chalk paint we are using chalk.
Click here to see how to apply your stencil to your project.
I had so much fun using old fashion chalk on my porous home made chalkboard.
I have a video included so you can see how I did this with my stencil I made with my Silhouette cutter.
And in case if you’re wondering, this design is available at Midwest Market Studio.
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I basically used colored chalk and blended with my finger. I kept adding more color and blending until I got the look I wanted. This almost reminded me of finger painting as a child only a little less messy.
click below to see how I used my own stencil on a chalkboard
When it comes down to it, playing with chalk and chalkboard is fun! I have always loved playing with paints because if you make a mess you can re-sand the wood and re-paint!
This is even easier!
Wipe it down with a cloth and start over!
I even added “The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering” to my collection of books and I have learned how to draw, paint, chalk a simple banner from one of the directions in this awesome book!
Just remember, if you have a porous surface you will need to make sure it stays “seasoned” so any designs don’t remain after you try to erase them, aka “Ghosting”.
If you use chalk markers on a porous surface, you may need to repaint your chalkboard sometime down the road if you clean it with a damp rag repeatedly.
Also my non-porous chalkboards have instructions that states they need seasoned before usage also.
Just an FYI.
I hope I inspired you to play!
After all this playing with chalks and chalkboards, I am ready to make my own chalkboard wall!
Watch out Do Dodson! LOL! Click here to see how she painted the perfect chalkboard wall. I’m ready to find a wall in my home now and do this too!
Maybe the kitchen?
So much fun. I hope I inspired you to give it a try and if you are inspired I hope you will share your projects with me!
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