Chalkboard Hand Lettering for Complete Beginners :)


hi everybody this is Meredith from the

witty gritty paper Co and today we are

going to be talking all about hand

lettering with chalk markers so if

you've never heard of a chalk marker

here it is that's about them basically

they are they're like the sort of

oil-based paint pens you may have heard

of those I know Sharpie makes them and

some of the companies they're sort of

built like that they've got like an ink

tank you can sort of hear it they've got

sort of a rounded tip at least this one

does and they feed the ink out and you

know you have to like depress them a

bunch when you get them to get the ink

going so they're built sort of like

those oil markers but what's really cool

about them is that they first of all

they work on all like non-porous

surfaces so you can use them on glass

chalkboards obviously you can use them

on I use them on stick on vinyl to mark

eske use in my stockroom and I've also

used them on plastic actually let me

grab an example here they are really

cool for labeling so okay so this is a

container and it's got coffee grounds in

it and they are Terramax soup flavored

coffee grounds and I wanted to remember

what flavour was in this because I have

a couple different flavors and a couple

different bins so I just grabbed my

chalk marker and I wrote tiramisu on it

and now I know which one is which so if

I wanted to change what was in it the

flavor I could just grab a paper towel

that was damp or damp tea towel and just

wipe it right off so in addition to

being a cool art supply they're actually

very useful around the house so let me

introduce you to the markers that I'll

be using today here we go so this is two

different sets both of them are made by

the ciccolo

company and full disclosure the

chocolate comes and he did actually

approach me a couple months ago and

asked me if I would review their markers

for them and on this video is not

sponsored by them but I agreed to review

them so we're sort of rolling that in

here with what we're doing and these

will be the ones that I

using today now this is a set of sixteen

I think ten are just normal colors and

they're like six metallics or something

and then there are these really big ones

and these are chisel tips I'm not going

to be using this pack today I think that

these are better suited for windows you

can like cover a lot of square footage

with them because they're really large

markers I'll take one out a really big

so yeah so he's been hot today but um

but I think that for Windows that would

be much easier than these small ones but

we'll be using the smaller set today and

I'm going to be doing a chalkboard I'm

having a party in a couple weeks and the

location is kind of hard to find so I

wanted to make a chalkboard sign that

sort of tells guests that they're going

in the right direction sort of guides

them to the final destination but before

I drive right into that let's talk about

style right so chalk markers I think

look best as far as a design point of

view I think they look best when you

choose something that is sort of

in-between traditional sort of school

chalk lettering which is very cool and

mono line lettering and mono line

lettering is also very cool it's much

more recent of a style but it's very

cool if you've never heard of it feel

free to just google image search it and

you'll sort of see what I mean you've

probably seen it before but just didn't

know what it was called so what I'm

going to be doing today is sort of a mix

of those two styles so let me grab some

inspiration pieces here and most of what

we're talking about today is very

applicable to just hand lettering in

general not just hand lettering with

chalk markers so first things first when

you know you're doing a chalkboard it is

usually best to sort of actually concept

your design instead of just going right

into it so I have some post cars here so

this is one of my absolute favorite ways

to find inspiration for lettering some

of the things that are good are like

vintage tins or vintage advertisements

sometimes if you go to garage sales or

flea markets or antique stores you can

sort of see those kinds of things and I

think they are awesome for finding

inspiration so it

for example this one on top this muir

woods one I just I love the swoop of the

writing I love the way that they did the

T and the G here but it's providing some

very interesting inspiration for me and

like the San Francisco one right behind

us is very different there's just one

typeface it's kind of hard to see very

pale very modern so it's another way you

could use these as inspiration almost

all these on the west coast here's one

this is interesting with the sort of the

line above line below text here you've

got sort of a swirly or one here so

anyway if you are not really sure where

to start and you don't consider yourself

much of a letter er already these are

great places to look for inspiration and

after you've sort of concept it out what

you want your chalkboard to look like I

think that it is a very good idea to do

a sketch so I will fully admit that I'm

one of those people that sort of rolls

my eyes when people say oh I should

sketch it out first like I always say

I'll just eyeball it and it'll be fine

and normally I would say that you can do

that too except for I really have found

that if you don't sketch out your

concept for a chalkboard you end up just

erasing it a lot because things aren't

really spaced out correctly or you

decide you don't like the composition or

whatever it's just sort of you'll

already end up wasting a lot of time and

effort if you don't have some sort of

idea of what you want to do drawn out so

I have two different layouts drawn here

I'm doing a rectangular chalkboard and I

want my chalkboard to say the party is

this way so both of them say this so

it's one on top it has sort of what that

postcard had it has like these sort of

sweet be roller-coaster II plants to the

words so I want the emphasis to be on

the party and then you know is this way

suppose is smaller on both of the

designs and this one if top is a little

bit more traditional classroom chalk

lettering and down here it's more mono

line and this one is mono line here and

then a little bit more traditions today

for this video I'm going to be doing the

one on the top I'm if I don't like it I

may decide to wipe it all off and do

this one but I'm thinking that this is

going to be the winner for this

particular purpose

so some of the other advantages of using

chalk markers are over like traditional

chalk is well first of all you don't get

that sort of dusty film on your hands

and I know that doesn't bother people

and other people it really bothers them

I personally have a weird thing I don't

like anything sticky or dusty or filmy

on my hands I make me really really I

really don't like it so I have worked

with classroom chalk I you know I love

the results but I don't really love the

process just because I don't like the

way it feels and I also don't like the

way it sounds and that might sound weird

to say but I really I don't like the

sound of chalk rubbing against

chalkboards so I prefer chalk markers

for that reason and I also generally

prefer them over paint markers because

they're not permanent so I can erase and

change my mind in the middle of a

project so some other advantages to them

and I kind of forget what the price

range is on these I know that these ones

are like one of the best-selling ones on

Amazon I don't think they're too bad I

think they're both both packs are under

20 so they're not too bad and they last

a long time so here is the chalkboard

that I'm working on today I know it's

kind of big and it's going to fill up

most of the frame here I can zoom out a

little bit but I'll try to make sure

that you guys can see what I'm doing and

let me refocus the camera again just so

just so we're good okay so I've already

gone ahead and drawn out a few guides

for my piece so here is my guide for the

first word second word and then the rest

of the wording down here and this may

look a little childish to actually draw

a guide sort of you probably remember

these kinds of guys you know bottom

middle and top from when you were

learning cursive or learning to print in

like kindergarten

um you've probably seen them before but

they're basically to make sure you're

uppercase in your lowercase letters are

all proportionate and look good so I

like to do this I've always done this it

in my opinion makes just composing a

whole thing a lot easier you don't have

to but I do recommend it and I also do

it in my sketches too just to make sure

that everything looks as good and

symmetrical and sort of straight as it

can so let's talk about color palette

really quick before we dive right in and

I'm going to be using this why

that I've already shown here and I'm

also going to be using two other colors

I think that most of the best

chalkboards are the prettiest ones the

best composed only have about two or

three colors so that's totally up to you

of course personal taste but I'm going

to be using three I've got my white

which is sort of my neutral and then

I've got two other colors here I've got

a light blue and I've got a purple and

I'm choosing these two because I know

for a fact that they show up really

really well on this chalkboard one thing

a side note about these markers is that

I have noticed that some colors really

show up better on different surfaces so

for example the pink and the yellow in

this set here both of them look awesome

on glass and they look really good on

the stick on vinyl I use but they don't

really show up as much on my chalkboard

so that doesn't bother me too much

you know I I still really like them

because I love the way that they turned

out on the other surfaces but it's just

something to know is that not every

color will work equally well on

different surfaces so I'm picking these

because I know they are very opaque and

turn out very well on the chalkboard

surface so I'm going to be doing the

whole demo of this piece I'll fast

forward the footage so you guys don't

have to worry about watching through the

whole thing and remember the list of

these tips are very applicable to just

hand lettering in general not just with

the markers so let's get right to it

I'm starting out my chalkboard by just

drawing some of the most basic outlines

of my letters I want to make sure that I

put enough space between them this is

very important a lot of people make

their lowers too close together and then

finally I have to start over once I have

the most basic forms of my letters done

I'm going to go ahead and erase the

guide and this is a good time to do this

because you don't want to go erasing the

guides with any more detail on your

piece because when you erase the guides

you're actually probably going to mess

up your letters a little bit it gets a

little messy the best way that I found

to erase these is to take a damp paper

towel or you can use a tea towel that's

fine and wrap it around your finger wrap

it on your finger and then like hold the

access down with the rest of your

fingers and then just go in and gently

rub away the areas that you want to

erase and you also have to have a dry

paper towel nearby to sort of wipe up

the access because when you just do it

with a wet one it sort of leaves a film

so you have to have both the wet and the

dry to really get rid of it and this

process can be a little time-consuming

this step but you really don't want your

final work to look messy so I think that

this is the best time to do it and if

you take off a little bit of your

letters too don't worry you can always

redraw them as you may guess this is my

least favorite step in doing a



now that I've got all my guides erased

I'm going to go ahead and thicken up

some of the letters so to keep

thickening up your letters is just to

remain consistent on where your

thickening them up if you find at any

point while doing this that your marker

is sort of running dry all you have to

do is squish down the tip a couple times

and it will get the ink running a lot

easier also be sure to be mindful

throughout this whole process where you

are resting your hand because you can

accidentally smudge your work if you're

not being mindful once you have when

your letters mostly the way that you

would like them is time to start adding

dimensionality this is one of those

important elements in making your chalk

piece really really stand out it looks

nice now but this just really helps it

pop off the page and there are two

different ways you can do this you can

do line shadowing or you can do a sort

of thick shadowing I'll be doing the TIC

shadowing because I like it better but

the line shadowing is often easier for



the last finishing touches to any

chalkboard are the space fillers and

these can be as simple as overdone as

you want I'm just going to be doing some

little ones that sort of look like

flower petals or raindrop and I'm going

to be putting them in the areas where I

feel it just looks a little visually

unfinished and once again you want to be

careful at this stage not to drag your

hand in any of the work you've already

done okay so the chalkboard is all

finished I'm pretty happy with the way

it came out I think in the future I

might go with something a little bit

more like the second design you guys can

see this I know it's a really big

chalkboard so see the shading I added a

lot of flourishes I've aimed them a

little bit I drew some circles on the

ends of the flourishes so I'm pretty

happy with it I think that it's maybe a

little hard to read that would be my

only thought but I am happy with it and

it was a lot of fun these are great

afternoon projects anything with the

chalk markers is a good afternoon

project so I want to thank you so much

for watching if you have any questions

be sure to leave them for me in the

comment section I will leave a link to

these markers both sets of them in the

description below just in case you

wanted to check those out and as always

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