I absolutely adore hand lettered chalkboard art, but despite hours of practice, my handwriting skills are still not up to par with the looks I love. That is, until I discovered the world’s easiest way to fake it! Now you can make your own DIY faux chalkboard art the easy way!
- Elmer’s New Green Chalk Foam Board (also available in black)
- Elmer’s White Painters Paint Markers in assorted tips
- Overhead Projector
- Transparency Sheets
Now, here’s the trick for creating easy peasy artwork – an overhead projector! I found mine on Craigslist for a steal, and we use it all the time for homeschool lessons, water bead play and now for chalk art.
Elmer’s Painters come in several different tips, so select the ones that best fit the style of your art project. For this faux chalkboard art, I used ultra fine, fine, medium and chisel tipped Painters.
Start tracing! Stand to the side of your foam board so that your shadow doesn’t block the projection, and take it slowly. The idea is to take a font and make it look hand-lettered, so this task is very forgiving! If you think you’ve messed up, there’s a very good chance that you can go back and fix it by cleaning up your lines with fine or ultra fine tipped Painters once you’re done with the tracing.
Easy peasy! I feel like a whole new world of possibilities has opened up to me with this awesome trick, and since it’s made with chalk foam board and Painters instead of actual chalk, I can keep my artwork preserved for years to come!