Bonnie Peters @diamondandwillow has designed a wonderful DIY project for you: A Laundry Lettering Chalkboard! She used the Kelly Creates Moonlight Marker, which is a white brush pen, instead of chalk! Plus, there is a free printable worksheet for you to practice your lettering.
Kelly Creates Supplies: Moonlight Marker, Pencil and Eraser from Deluxe Lettering Kit, Write On Grid paper pad
Other Supplies: Ruler, chalk, chalkboard or chalkboard surface, white pencil (See links below)
We all have laundry, so why not make our chores look pretty with a hand lettered chalkboard? I began by looking at some ideas for a laundry chalkboard on Pinterest and scribbled notes on which elements I might like to include on mine.
While I’m not a stranger to ironing, it’s not my favourite task. I came up with this design idea, more from my daughters’ standpoint on this subject. Whatever your view of this adulting skill is, may you find pleasure in creating some art that’s fitting for your space. You can letter a chalkboard for any room in your home, not just the laundry room!
I used a sheet of grid paper from the Kelly Creates Write On Grid Practice Pad and sketched a couple of versions of a layout design with the pencil and eraser from the Kelly Creates Deluxe Lettering Kit.
I had a pastel crayon that I used to draw some straight guidelines for writing and spacing to be sure it would all fit. This of course will differ depending on what you decide to write and the size of your chalk board or chalk paper you may have. The Moonlight Marker is a large brush tip pen, so I wouldn’t try to write anything too small or you may have difficulty writing the letters.
Another option for guidelines to keep your lettering straight and sized correctly would be to draw it to scale on paper first, and then fold each row just below where you would be working and follow the lettering on your paper as you went along.
I then started to lay in my wording with the pastel pencil. I worked one line at a time and protected the grid lines by placing a paper under my hand to avoid smudging or erasing the lines.
Okay, bring on the Kelly Creates Moonlight Marker and start to letter on top of your pencil lettering.
Continue on the same with each row of lettering.
If you make a mistake, I found that baby wipes worked the best to remove the Moonlight Marker. However, it leaves a film so I then wiped it clean with a wet paper towel. I added a straight line border around the edge. The white pencil lines also rub off easily.
After finishing the lettering, I wanted to give the chalkboard some actual ‘chalkiness.’ Using the side of a piece of real chalk, I coloured in the empty areas so as to be careful not to remove any of my lettering with excess rubbing or scratches. Gently spread the chalk dust around with your fingertips.
I sharpened the chalk with a knife so I would have a pointy tip to add in some finer shadow lines with the larger lettering for some interest…and VOILA you have your own personalized, laundry room signage.
Drawing extra details like flourishing or floral illustrations adds a lot to the finished piece. I drew some florals in the empty space on the right side.
If you would like to practice the same lettering as mine, here is a printable tracing worksheet that you can download….click HERE or click the image below to access this pdf. Remember to use Kelly Creates Tracing Paper on top of this worksheet if you print on regular copy paper.
Now….back to my laundry!
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