Chalkboard Lettering

Another off-the-page lettering option that I love is chalkboards. From small frames to large walls, chalkboard lettering is fun, decorative, and purposeful!

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For this project I’m working on a small square chalkboard I found in the Target One Spot (or as I like to call it, the $20 spot, if you know what I mean). These techniques could be applied to bigger pieces and chalkboard painted walls.

First you season your chalkboard surface.

Why do you have to season the chalkboard?

Don’t you want that nice crisp black background?

Well, yes and no. You season the surface to avoid any ghosting from old chalk marks. This initial layer of chalk dust gives a good surface to work on without damaging the primary layer of the chalkboard paint finish. Don’t worry about that sharp black background, we’ll talk more about that in a minute. 


I don’t typically use chalk markers. I know some people love chalk markers (wink, wink). They really work well, but I like the satisfaction (and the cheaper palette of lots of colors) of using humble chalk sticks to create art.

To create a nice point on blunt craft chalk, I use a pencil sharpener. The metal sharpeners that are enclosed in a plastic case work great for this (once you get over the sensory issues of sharpening chalk).


Then start sketching out your lettering.

Don’t worry if it doesn’t come out the first time. Mine very rarely never does. But, that’s the beauty of chalk. It’s cheap and easy to restart.

I work in sections so that I can erase parts that I need to redo while leaving the portions I’m satisfied with.


Once I have the lettering the way I like it, I go back with a dampened cotton swab and draw in drop shadows. Now you’ve got that crisp black showing through to make your lettering POP!

Add doodles and frames to create a finished look.


Simple frames, banners, or doodles really help to complete the piece.

Once you start with these small projects, you can apply what you learned to projects much bigger. This is the chalk wall of my studio. I only change it out every few months, because once I finally put all the pieces I like together I like to enjoy it for a while. I try to switch it up with the seasons.


Watch this video demonstration of how I work on a small chalkboard:

Supplies I use for chalkboard lettering:


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