How To Make A Christmas Blackboard 10th December
Blackboards, like pallet trees, are as popular as ever. You can find blackboards at weddings, on furniture and place mats, on walls, and mason jars. The list is goes on and on. With all the incredible fonts, embellishments, banners and flourishes available online, it is not hard to find inspiration when it comes to creating a fantastic chalkboard.
It was imperative that I fit in this last tutorial, How To Transfer Images On To Blackboards. I have also given you some lovely Christmas designs for you to download as well. The process of transferring images on to the blackboard is very easy and you still have time to make one if you have not already. If you don’t have time, at least the tutorial is here and you can use it in the New Year. I have more artwork to share with everyone. Hope you enjoy this tutorial.
1. Choose A Design
I will assume you have a blackboard all ready to go. If you do not, let me know and I will do up a quick tutorial on how to make onef.
In my past newsletter, I shared with you a tutorial on how to size and print your images in the free program, www.blockposters.com. Did you miss this post? Here is the link: http://thegildeddaisy.com/create-large-posters-at-home/ If your image is over 5mb. there is a small fee.
You will find at the end of this tutorial, 6 wonderful Christmas images for you to download for your own personal use.
The blackboard images below are approximately 4 feet tall. I am so sorry about these dreadful pictures but this is all I have. The barn wood frame surrounding the pictures is actually a little more grey and the boards of course much blacker. I should probably take a photography and editing workshop.
2. Prepare you image
If Blockpoaster was used to create the image, you will notice a border around each page. You can see the white lines cutting through the lettering. This border needs to be trimmed. When finished, assemble the puzzle and tape pieces together.
3. Use White Transfer Paper
Use white transfer paper to transfer your image. This paper is like the carbon paper we used to put in to our typewriters. I’m definitely marking my age here. Place the white transfer paper, chalk side down, in between the image and the black board. Using a pencil or stylus, trace out the pattern. Keep checking to make sure the transfer is happening and the image has not shifted.
4. Fill In The Blanks
Once you have finished transferring the image, it is time to fill in the lines. You can smudge, colour, shadow or add pattern to your image. I like to use plain old chalk like you had in school. I like chalk pens too but sometimes the colours go on to perfect and bright. Chalk pastels work great too and are available in so many pretty colours. Keep a damp cloth handy so you can fix any mistakes. Do not use paper towel as it will leave fuzzies all over. Q-tips work fantastic. Below are some close up pictures, albeit not great photography, but I just wanted to show you what they look like up close.
5. Spray Finish.
No plans to erase your blackboard? Spray it with a fine hairspray This will not only protect it but will also prevent it from getting dusty, Make sure to do a test first to see how the spray comes out and how it covers. They are all different. I have made several very detailed chalkboards over the past year and failed to spray them, Now they are very dusty. I have to painstakingly go over the entire image with cotton q-tips. UGH.
Below are the six wonderful Christmas designs for you to try out. I just love them. I am working on the Hot Cocoa one now for my Hot Chocolate and Candy Cane Bar I want to share with you later this week. All the photos are smaller than 5mb so work perfect for the Blockposters.com site. I really do hope you give some of these a try. ENJOY