By Valerie McKeehan
Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and residential decor, the paintings of chalk lettering is warmer than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose paintings has been featured in magazines and internet sites from Good Housekeeping to RealSimple.com, teaches us every little thing we have to be aware of to create wonderful hand-drawn chalk designs. The publication can be a tradition house, with 3 foldout “chalkboards”—the within disguise and foldout again hide are coated with blackboard paper.
In over 60 classes, study the ABCs of lettering (literally) and easy kinds: serif, sans serif, and script. subsequent, tips to lay out a layout, mix quite a few types into one cohesive piece, upload shadows and measurement. grasp extra complicated letter kinds, from faceted to ribbon to “vintage circus.” Use banners, borders, prospers. and eventually, 12 tasks to teach off your newfound talents: together with a iciness Wonderland Snow Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to textual content family and friends; a distinctive social gathering invitation to create, photo, and mail; and a bake sale signal bound to placed every body who sees it within the temper for a cupcake!
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Extra resources for The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style
3 Fill in the space you just drew with a blunt piece of chalk. 5 Use your finger to smudge the filled-in portions just a tiny bit. This extra, subtle texture really livens the whole word. Connect the lines to the letters at an angle to obtain the dimensional look. 4 Shadows and Dimension 33 Overlapping Letters For another take on the dimensional effect, draw the outline of the word “DREAM” in a serif style. In typography, this is called a slab serif because of the thick, blocklike serifs. PRO TIP Don’t hesitate to turn your chalkboard to find a position that’s best for you.
I added simple, scratchy underlines for fun emphasis. 26 The Basics Congratulations! You’ve created a chalk art layout. Take out your smartphone, snap a photo, and send it to your bestie. Design a little off? No worries! Just erase and follow the steps again. You'll get the hang of it soon. It’s So Hard to Say Good-bye I happily erase the drawings I am not quite fond of, but erasing something I am proud of is another story. I’m sure you, too, will experience that twinge of hesitation right as you reach for the eraser.
30 Taking Your Designs to the Next Level 3 Now that the shadow lines on the right-hand side are completed, don’t get too attached. Erase them with a cotton swab and add them on the opposite side. The next example’s light source is coming from the top right, so the lines will be placed on the bottom and left side. Kicking Shadow Lines Up a Notch Shadow lines can be thick, thin, light, pronounced, tight to the letter, or farther away. Diagonal lines help achieve yet another dimensional look. This is one of my favorite effects!
The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style by Valerie McKeehan