Freebie: Coffee Bar Chalkboard Art
I finally finished up our "coffee bar" area in the kitchen this weekend, so I had to share my first experience doing chalkboard art and a couple of free printables to go along with it!
I'm not a caligrapher, nor do I even have super great regular handwriting, so I figured my easiest route for doing a chalkboard for our coffee bar would be to design my font and layout in Adobe Illustrator, then print and trace.
- chalkboard of your choosing- I got mine at Home Goods for $12!
- chalk, or chalk markers for a more permanent and cleaner look
- painters tape
- printable chalkboard art
- damp cloth for erasing any mistakes (they're bound to happen!)
To trace the lettering you can go a couple of ways. I went with the easiest for me at the moment, which was to just turn the paper over, rub chalk on the back of the paper, turn it over and tape it where I wanted the letter to go, then just trace over it with a pencil. The pressure from the pencil will leave a faint outline of the letters that you can just fill in with your chalk. Just be sure to not to rest your hand on the chalk outline while filling in, or you may accidentally smudge or erase your lettering! You'll see in the pictures, I also added some extra flourishes and designs to fill the space, the printable design goes on an 8.5x11 printer paper size, but my chalkboard was a little bit larger than that.
That's pretty much it! You could also use chalkboard markers for a more permanent look, which would also give much cleaner lines. In my experience, many chalkboard markers say they are erasable but can be challenging to remove completely. I knew that I'd probably want to change our chalkboard quote frequently so I just went with plain chalk.
You can download two versions of my chalkboard art here:
I'd love to see your chalkboard art, whether it's with these printables or another design! Share them with me on Instagram by tagging @_AlchemyHome or using the hashtag #AlchemyHome