- Chalk boards can be used in many ways
- Chalk, chalk pens or chalk markers?
- 7 Tips for designing your chalkboard
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Creative chalkboards with artistic lettering or colorful works of art are all the rage and enhance your own four walls (or the garden) with a few simple tricks. With a large board on the wall or a small display on the table, you can give your home a very special, cozy and individual charm. And your own creativity doesn't come up short either, because you can really let off steam with chalkboards.
Chalk boards can be used in many ways
It doesn't matter whether you want to use your new chalkboard as decoration, as a daily greeting to the whole family or as your own to-do list - with a chalkboard you can combine great functionality and decoration. The special advantage of chalkboards? They can be used again and again. If you don't like an idea, you want to create a new work of art, or you've successfully completed your to-do list, it's time to wipe it out! The message is easily “erased” with a little water. You don't need numerous boards, but can create many different messages and images again and again on a single board.
The selection is also very large. Just find a chalkboard that suits you and your style. There are rustic and very classic blackboards for the wall, chalkboards with unusual frames, small table displays or weatherproof blackboards that you can set the scene for in the garden. When buying, look for high-quality boards with a slightly rough surface - the chalk usually sticks best to this.
Chalk, chalk pens or chalk markers?
You can easily draw and write on your chalkboard with standard chalk. But you also have the option of beautifying your blackboard with practical chalk pens and chalk markers.
Chalk is the usual writing medium for blackboards. Some chalkboards are already supplied with pieces of chalk. If this is not the case, you can buy chalks in many different colors from craft stores. The thicker sidewalk chalk is also suitable for writing and drawing on chalkboards.
The writing with a piece of chalk may be unfamiliar and requires skill, because the typical feeling of a normal pen is missing. With a lot of pressure, chalk is very fragile and it is not uncommon for hands to be full of chalk residue after writing. In addition, normal pieces of chalk put little pigment on the blackboard. It is therefore advisable to always write on a damp board or to slightly moisten the chalk. Pieces of chalk are particularly good for beginners and people who want to try things out, since a pack of chalk is often not expensive.
Chalk pencils and chalk markers combine the functions of a pen and chalk in one handy writing instrument. You have a lot of control over the pen because you are actually holding a regular pen. However, he does not write with ink, but with water-based chalk. The markers have the advantage that the chalk ink is often highly concentrated and highly pigmented. The works of art and quotes shine particularly brightly on black panels. You can buy chalk pens and chalk markers in many different colors and thicknesses, but they are slightly more expensive than normal pieces of chalk.
7 Tips for designing your chalkboard
Here are 7 tips for creative design so that your chalkboard is also beautifully presented.
Prepare your new chalkboard
Before we start, the preparation is of course very important. New chalkboards are often still shiny and very smooth. Not only for the charm, it is worth completely painting the chalk board with chalk and wiping off the residue with a damp cloth. The first layer of chalk then ensures that the works of art on the blackboard hold up better and come into their own. This also prevents the so-called “ghosting” from occurring. Residues from old pictures will then no longer remain as strong on the board.
Use templates and stencils
Of course you can just start painting, but then you often lack the idea, the creativity or maybe the order. With templates and stencils, the small masterpiece succeeds much faster. You can easily create your own templates in graphics programs such as Paint or in Word. There are also some free templates on the Internet that you can download without any problems.
Tip: Simply copy your templates onto the board. For this you need a template printed out on paper, a piece of chalk and a pen or pencil. Completely color one side of the template with the chalk. Now place this page on the blackboard. Now trace the lines with a pencil or ballpoint pen with a little pressure - and you already have a first template on your board!
Let yourself be inspired
Even if you don't consider yourself a great artist, with a little inspiration you can create small masterpieces. For example, search for fonts, use simple clip art as a template, or draw patterns from other artists.
Before we start
Do you use classic chalk? You should always have enough water and a damp cloth ready so that it shines on the board and lasts for a long time. Use this to moisten your piece of chalk regularly. Shake the chalk marker vigorously before use.
Finally, the decorative and colorful part
You can get a clearly legible board with a certain order. When quoting, always start with the arrangement of the writing. You can then draw the decorative elements at the end. You can also achieve order with white writing as a basis. You then set colorful accents afterwards.
And often the same applies: Less is more! A few decorations can add visual interest to your quotes, too many flourishes and images can make some artwork look restless. Too many brightly mixed colors often seem a bit wild. Of course you can let off steam as much as you want. There are no limits to the design of the chalkboard.
So that you can enjoy your work of art for a long time, you should fix the chalk on the blackboard. To do this, simply use normal hairspray that you spray briefly over the board. The hairspray fixes, but is water-soluble and can be easily wiped off. A fixation is particularly suitable for chalk boards that you want to hang up or set up in the garden.
Don't be afraid of mistakes
No master has fallen from the sky yet. So just try it out and practice with your chalk board. On the Internet you will find many creative and professional artists who have been creating art on chalkboards for years. Don't be discouraged and work on creating your own works of art that you enjoy and enjoy Bring individuality into the home.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes. Because there is no medium that can be wiped away as easily as chalk. Are you committed? Does your graphic not meet your expectations? Do you want to try again? Just use a sponge, a cloth and water - with a quick wipe your mistake is no longer visible. You can easily remove small mistakes with a cotton swab.
The most important thing when designing your chalkboard is: have fun and let off steam creatively!