Chalkboard Lettering Tutorial – Christmas Welcome Sign

Chalkboard Lettering Tutorial – Christmas Welcome Sign


hey everyone it’s sarah from sarahtypes.com today I’m going to show you how to create your own chalkboard sign first
this is what you’ll need the Stabilo water-soluble pencil. this is a better
alternative to chalk and I’ll explain why later, you’ll need some masking tape to create your guides for your letters you’ll need some chalk to create
guidelines that you can wipe away later and you’ll need a damp cloth plus some
q-tips to fix any mistakes I’ve also got Baker’s twine so I can create a circle
for my wreath easily so you’ll need to have a sketch of what you’re going to
chalk out beforehand so it makes the chalk process a lot quicker and a lot
easier. mine is from a client and this is what they requested so I gave them a
few ideas this is the one they chose so I’m going to take this and create this
on the chalkboard, first I’ve grabbed my Baker’s twine and just by eyeballing
the center of my chalkboard I cut it to that size and then I added a piece of
chalk to the end and I’m just going to pull it taut and then use the chalk and
draw a circle while keeping my left hand steady the first try wasn’t exactly
perfect so I just made it a bit shorter and tried again so I could fit it in
the whole way around it doesn’t have to be perfect
this is going to be a wreath so for this instance it’s not going to be an exact
circle it’s going to be a little bit more natural like a wreath is so it’ll
be a little bit more forgiving as far as not having it a perfect circle I’m now grabbing my masking tape
because I’m going to plan out where I’m going to put my three lines of words and
you can definitely grab a ruler I suggest grabbing a ruler if this is your
first time and using some math to plan out especially if you have a lot to put
in there but mine’s pretty straightforward and I like to eyeball
things so I’m just going to do that from the look of the proportions, I also have tape around the side so I know how far I
can go and where I should start and then I’m going to take my Aqua Stabilo pencil
and really lightly just draw out the the whole drawing, the letters and the banner
and make it so that it’s very very light so if I make any mistakes I can just go
in and erase them easily and then I can just go over it when I’m ready and make
it a lot heavier and the reason why I suggest using this pencil is because it
does provide that look of chalk but the pencil is much easier to use because it
has a nice fine tip similar to a regular pencil it isn’t messy because it has the
normal pencil feel to it so you don’t have to worry about getting your hands
full of chalk, also it doesn’t rub away easily if it accidentally got
pressed up against your clothes or you want to erase mistakes it won’t just rub
away easily with a cloth to remove this it’s best to use a damp cloth and then
that will get rid of it so as I go along I’m removing tape where my letters might
drop below the base line but I’m leaving the tape for the rest of
the word so that I can make sure it’s all on the same base line so for this part I wanted to kind of
create a some kind of 3d dimension to my letters so to do that I am just
taking a q-tip and making it damp so it’s not super wet and I’m just kind of
moving around the pencil and erasing a little bit of it on the bottom halves of
the letters for Christmas just to give it a little bit more interest so now the lettering is done I’m gonna
move on to the wreath so to make the circle part look more wreath like I’m
just gonna kind of go in and add more lines to it some heavier lines some
thinner lines just thicken it up and make it look more like branches by
adding lots of sketch lines and because I’m working on a small board
I don’t have to move my whole body to get to a section of the piece I can
just pick up my board turn it around and work on the part that I am working at
also in the beginning I actually use chalk to create the outer circle so it is
under there and it’s probably covered by the soluble pencil but in the end I’ll just take a dry cloth and then just kind of clean up the whole board just in case there’s
some chalk dust and then some chalk from the circle and then just make sure that
it still looks good once the guides are removed but it’s really easy just to
softly go over it with a dry cloth and get rid of any of the original chalk
guides so to complete the wreath I’m first drawing out the outlines for the
leaves and the branches and once I’m done the outlines I’m going to go in and
shade them in using some lighter and darker techniques so while I’m finishing this wreath I’m
just gonna do a recap of everything that I’ve done I first started by creating my
circle or outer guide line with my chalk pen with my actual chalk so that I can
easily erase it later and then I went in with a masking tape to create guidelines
for my text and then I went in with my aqua soluble pencil and very lightly put
in the letters to make sure that I have enough room and they were written nicely
and then once I was happy with that I used the aqua soluble pencil to draw
those guides but much heavier once everything’s done I take a dry cloth and
just kind of wipe it across to get any of the chalk dust and also use a q-tip
to erase any of the aqua soluble pencil lines that were left over if you have
any questions make sure to leave a comment below and let me know if you’ve
tried this yourself

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