chalk art 1o1: how to create gorgeous DIY stencil art
Jodie and I don’t consider ourselves artists, crafters maybe, but artists? No way. So, if we’re being honest (which we always are) we look at a blank chalkboard with a bit of fear. We have zero skills and even less confidence. Enter stencils. Who knew that a whole new world of possibilities existed with the help of stencils? Jodie just finished using a stencil to make over her family room fireplace. If you haven’t seen her amazing stencil tile transformation you can visit our informative blog post. After enjoying this success we became inspired to try stencils for other projects. In this post we will show you how easy it is to create fun, artistic chalk art designs. We’ll also show you a variety of ways to use stencils in your home.
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Chalk Art Transfer
Chalk transfer is basically chalk art using a reusable stencil. With different colors and designs you can create a never-ending array of professional-looking chalk art on your chalkboards. The process is so easy I got the hang of it on my very first try. There’s really no “technique” to learn. It’s easy enough for children, making it a family-friendly craft project.
Today I used products from a company called Chalk Couture. You can find chalk art transfers, paste and other tools online.
Easy Steps to Creating Chalk Art With Chalk Transfers
- Plan your chalk art design.
- Peel backing off transfer (and keep for later).
- Press and smooth out onto chalkboard surfase.
- Spread chalk paste in a thin layer over transfer.
- Remove excess paste and return to jar.
- Peel off chalk transfer slowly.
- Wash transfer immediately with warm water.
- Dry transfer lying flat with sticky side up.
- Once dry replace shiny side of the backer for reuse.
Easy Steps to Creating Chalk Art Using Regular Stencils
- Plan your chalk art design.
- Place stencil on your surface and use tape to secure temporarily.
- Fill in design using chalk pens or DIY liquid chalk using the easy recipe below.
- Remove stencil & enjoy!
Make Your Own DIY Chalk Art Paints
Materials for DIY Liquid Chalk
- Colored chalk (sidewalk chalk works great)
- Cheese grater
- Liquid hand sanitizer
- Paintbrush, or paint dabber
How to Make Liquid Chalk
- First, grate your chalk into very small, fine bits using your cheese grater.
- Next, mix in a little bit of hand sanitizer.
- Keep mixing it in slowly until it turns into the consistency of cake batter.
- Mix well.
Applying Your Liquid Chalk
- Apply your stencil to your chalkboard, adhere with tape.
- Brush or dab on the DIY liquid paste.
- Press edges of stencil down firmly as you fill in.
Chalk Art: Variety of Uses
The best part about stencils and transfers is that they can be used and reused. You can get really creative with chalk art.
- baby clothes/children’s clothing
- tote bags
- wall art
- decorate furniture
The list is virtually endless. Choose your chalk art project. Use the appropriate type of paint for your surface.
Here is a fun selection of some of our favorite stencils and brushes too.
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What a great DIY! I never thought of using stencils for my chalk art. My sister has a gorgeous handwriting so I always get her to write on my scrolls and chalkboards. With this technique, I’ll be able to make my own. 😉
Aw thank you Heather. I’m so glad this post gave you some ideas. It was really easy and fun. I am no artist so this makes a lot of sense for me. Thanks for taking the time to visit our blog. You are a blessing. With gratitude, Julie & Jodie
Julie Briones says
WONDERFUL video tutorial! I know it’s short and sweet, but I so enjoyed feeling like I was sitting with you and you were just talking to me. You came across very “real”. 🙂 Good for you!
Julie, Thank you so much for your kind praise of my video. Obviously I’m such a newbie at video-making haha. But it was fun. As with anything new you have to start somewhere and the only way for me to learn is to get to it. So I really appreciate your sweet words about my early efforts. You encourage me to keep at it. Blessings always, Julie
How very cute your signs are, and how very informative and instructive too! I always have a chalk sign to greet guests for My Favorite Things theme parties. I do them freehand and they look a little messy. Going to try your methods this year. Thanks!
Thank you for your kind reply. Love the feedback. We are excited you are taking these ideas and running with them. Our work here is done 🙂 I think you’re really going to love these stencil ideas because they are so easy and so professional-looking. Have fun creating. Your friends, Julie & Jodie
Wow! So awesome and easy! Thanks for the tip!
Thank you April. We are so happy you read and enjoyed these ideas. Stay tuned for continued inspiration. Your friends, Julie & Jodie
I love the chalk art stencils. It looks so easy and fun to do. You are only limited by your imagination. I think I’m going to try it by myself and with my grandchildren that are old enough to do it. I’m going to share it with my daughter that is a Special Education teacher so she can maybe do it with some of her students or decorate her classroom! Thanks ladies once again for sharing your fun and creative ideas and for helping me think out of the box with all your wonderful inspiration! Debbie
It was so much fun! As you may have heard me say, I am not a crafter. So honestly I was a little nervous. After just one I was scouring my house for any chalkboard surface I could find! So much fun! Hope you try these ideas. Blessings to you sweet friend! Love, Julie
Naomi from How To Heat Press says
Blackboards are great for all sorts of things, aren’t they? I also like using them with adhesive vinyl projects. It’s a bit more permanent than chalk, but if you’ve got the perfect quote, why not make it permanent? ❤️
Yes they certainly are! Glad you enjoyed our post, thank you for the sweet comments and hope you continue to enjoy the blog! Lots of love, Jodie & Julie
Sheila Allen says
Just wondering if you can use acrylic craft paints with these stencils? I have used them with other stencils and as long as you put them in warm water right after you remove them, the paint comes right off?
I am not sure about acrylic craft paints. These stencils are made to use specifically with these paints. And since I haven’t tried it myself I hate to tell you for certain. I am guessing only when I say I think they would wash off if attended to right away. Thanks for reading. I hope you have fun stenciling. Best, Julie
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