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Chalk Lettering: Create a Welcome Wedding Sign using Liquid Chalk Markers

Nathaniel Ong, Chalk Lettering Artist

Chalk Lettering: Create a Welcome Wedding Sign using Liquid Chalk Markers

Nathaniel Ong, Chalk Lettering Artist

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12 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Wedding Signs

    • 3. Couple’s Story

    • 4. Materials

    • 5. Chalkboards

    • 6. Liquid Chalk Markers

    • 7. Tips Before You Start

    • 8. Setting Up Your Workspace

    • 9. Understanding the Wedding Details

    • 10. Creating the Layout

    • 11. Transferring the Final Artwork

    • 12. Congratulations & Next Steps

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About This Class


If you're new to chalk lettering, and not sure where to begin, then this course is for you!

Chalkboards are so versatile and it can be used in a lot of different events and purposes, from chalkboard menus to wedding signs and even murals! Chalkboards add a unique and personal touch.

Don't know which board to use? What markers are suitable for the board?

You'll learn everything from the ground up, so that you will have a good foundation to create a chalkboard sign.

Although this class is perfect for beginners, more experienced artists can also take away some useful tips and tricks.

In this class, you will learn:

  • The Fundamentals: Understanding chalk concepts, materials and the wedding couple
  • Creating fit-for-purpose designs
  • Layout Process
  • Transfering Process
  • Chalk Lettering Tips

By the end of this class, you would be able to create your very own wedding sign.

You can also apply what you learned to other chalkboard projects!

Ready to get going?

Let's get chalking, and I'll see you in class!


If you want to be part of the exclusive chalk fam, join my email list so you're up to date with any special gifts and surprises that I don't share elsewhere. At the same time, you'll get a free PDF downloadable on creating easy chalk layouts.

Also, if you need help with anything with this course and want to be part of a chalk community, join our Facebook group. Show your progress and ask questions on the sections that you are struggling with. I'll be there!

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Nathaniel Ong

Chalk Lettering Artist


I’m a designer and lettering artist based in Singapore, who loves to chalk up the town with beautiful lettering on chalkboards, murals and signs. While my work is mostly white on black, I do love splashes of color. I’ve had the pleasure of working with and creating for brands like Intercontinental Hotels Group, Philips, IOMA Paris and Little Farms. I’ve also been fortunate to be able to speak at a platform like Today at Apple and has been speaking at the National Library Board Singapore.


I love working on chalkboards, as they have so much character and humanness. Never mind getting down and dirty — there’s a certain pleasure in seeing hand-drawn letters and illustrations on a large scale.


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1. Introduction: Welcome to the chalkboard wedding sign Class. I am so thrilled to have you here in this wheelchair class. I will be sharing with you how to create your very own timeless and classic wedding signed IN Nathaniel along and I am your instructor for this class and in a chocolate during artist based in Singapore. And I've been helping brands and businesses attract customers through beautifully created signs and chalk boards for the last three years. And ASL lettering art is some of the clients that I have worked with. Apple, Singapore, United overseas bank, Hewlett-Packard, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Phillips, and a OMA Paris working on chalkboards is quite close to my heart because it came at a time when I was struggling to find my place in the creative industry. And while I enjoyed doing calligraphy and lettering, I felt like there was something else that was missing and wasn't finding myself. And when I did my very first chalk work on paper, I got hooked and the rest, as they say, history. So when I started with the steering, not a lot of resources that were available. So there was a lot of trial and error that took place. But I figured that through the years of doing this, it doesn't have to be that way, it doesn't have to be complicated. So I'm really excited to share with you some of my process and what I've learned through the years and as well as my experiences. So you don't have to figure out things from scratch. And by the end of this course, you should be able to create your very own wedding sign using a liquid chalk marker. In the next video, we will be talking about more about chalkboards and how they fit in the wedding industry. 2. Wedding Signs: In the last few years we see a lot of search and the people using chalkboards for all occasions and especially during weddings. In this digital age, we want to feel our humanness and we tend to prefer things that are handmade and hand-drawn over something that was created by a computer. In weddings, we celebrate the union of two people. And having an organic via really adds to the solemnity of the event. A chalkboard sign is a simple way to infuse our humanness into the events that we host. It's also a very simple way to show the interests and the personality of the couple that we're creating this board for. This is especially fever by couples who want to have a rustic wedding. And I must say it, it's quite, in recently, chalkboards go well with a lot of different fields and motifs. Can go well with beach weddings. It can go well with civil weddings. It can go well with elegant weddings and a lot more types of weddings. It all boils down to how you create your own lettering and how you create illustrations that supports the theme of the wedding. And we'll get right to that in the latter part of this course, every project starts with a client brief and even budding projects are in noted print. And I can't wait to introduce you to our lovely couple in the next video, and I will see you there. 3. Couple’s Story: Actually in Jeremy, where childhood sweethearts and they grew up in San Diego, California. The couple loves travelling together and they love everything about nature. They love mountain and filled up the peaches and actually loves lilies. She has a fond memory of fees flowers because that was the same flower that Jeremy proposed to her when during her trip to Paris last year. And finally after ten years of being together and being a couple, they're getting married on the tenth of October 2020 on their tamp year anniversary. They wanted to have a sunset wedding together at the mission beach. They want to have a very intimate wedding at the beach with their friends and family. How romantic, right? It's always important to know the purpose of the project. What are you doing it for? Who are you doing it for? Understanding the needs of your clients in this case, couple that you're working with is essential to a successful project because they're the ones who are getting married. You should really get to know them what they loved doing, what their likes, dislikes, whether personalities are, as well as the wedding theme and incorporate that into your final art. Now that we finally got to know the couple of peak a little bit of time of a let your subconscious do the process. Sleep on their media day or two. And then we'll get back to this later on in this course. For now, the next important thing to know, what are the materials that we will be talking about that in the next video. 4. Materials: Here are the materials that you will be needing for this project to plan and create for your initial sketches. These are the items that you need to prepare beforehand. Apart from the initial drafts, you will be using the same materials to transfer on the boring, and you will need the following. Number one, you need a pen and paper or iPad plus procreate. This will help you create thumbnail sketches and planet and ultimately out for your project. You can also use your favorite brands to plan for your art. Maybe you have a notebook that you really like using or prefer doing this on the iPad, you can totally do that as well. Number two, a ruler. A ruler will keep everything censored and leveled. Some people choose not to use one, but I would suggest using a straight edge to help you keep your lines clean and straight. Using a ruler does not mean that you are a beginner. It just means that you care for a little bit more perfection in your word. And this is not a bad thing. If you were a drawing on a bigger board, you can consider using a tape measure and the leveling tool to aid you. It doesn't mean that you're using these tools, that you are not a pro, or that you are not a good artist. These tools are meant to help you create a better output. Number three, a chalk pencil, or a chalk or an all-purpose pencil. The chalk will help you create lights catches on the chalkboard without committing to inking just yet. They can easily be erased and you can simply draw over them using liquid markers. I particularly like the all-purpose pencil bi-stable called stub below all, because they are good for writing on all kinds of surfaces, from metal to class to wood, and they can easily be erased and white event with your own fingers. I've used this for a lot of different purposes. And the really nice thing about it is the comment all sorts of colors. They have white, red, blue, green. You the units, but I usually stick with white. Number four is your pencil eraser. You can have different size erasers to cater for the different areas to erase. Having a smaller sized one will definitely help you erase the hard to reach areas specifically for intersecting lines. I really loved the Tambo Mano 0 because it's really small and it can fit into various spaces. So they have an ultrafine one and they also have a bullet tip one that's smaller than this. And that's really cool. Number five, a cough or a tissue, a dry cloth or its issue can help you erase the markings but leave a bit of dust if you wish to keep extra. You can also use this to lift the ink from the liquid shop to create contrasts on your lettering. Next is water, preferably in a spray bottle because this will help you clean the chalkboard and erase bigger surfaces. A damp cloth will make the board free from dust and other particles. In short, if you want your board clean for the very first time, use water with clave. Lastly, to prepare our work and to transfer our work on sewer board, we would need some cotton swabs or Q-Tip spare good for erasing smaller areas and creating various effects and textures within an around the letters. You can also use the water to dampen the tip a little bit. And this will result in a different effect too. And those are the tools that you need for preparing your work and transferring your work once you're born, that it's now dive into what you will need for your final artwork. H hot word would be great for this project that we'll be doing on this class. We'll be using an A4 size chalkboard. Take note of the size that you were working on and remember this when you are planning the layout for the later sections. But if you don't have any chalkboard, you can also draw on glass or Windows if you're up for the challenge, but it may be a little bit difficult and this is not covered in this class because they're a bit smooth and there will be some adjustments that you need to do later on which ever surface you choose. It will be good to understand the characteristics so you are aware of what you need to do. However, this class will be specifically for the chalkboard. In the next section, we will be talking all about chalkboards and who can forget about the other important material that you need to have for this project. That is liquid chalk markers. There are a variety of brands that you can use, but, but we will go through them in more detail. I will share with you everything you need to know about the liquid chalk markers in one of the later sections. So stay tuned for that. And lastly, an optional material for you to buy if you need one is a mat fixative spring. Now, what is a MAD fixative spray if you want to make the board permanent, especially when the couple wants to keep the board as a souvenir, you will need one of these space. You can also use the good old hairspray. I cannot vouch for how it performs over time. So what this does to a fixative spray creates a thin layer of protective coating on the final artwork to prevent dust and other particles from ruining the piece. And even if you touch it, you will not be able to erase it without lifting the coating. So this will make your work permanent and you can definitely use this on your final artwork to create a board that lasts. All right, that was a lot of detail as we've already gone through all the materials that you need, Susan, do start preparing for them if you haven't yet go by from your local art store. And in the next video, we will dive right into chalkboards. 5. Chalkboards: Let's dive right into chalkboards. Let's get something out of the way first, I want to tell you that not all chalkboards are created equal. And what do I mean by this? There are so many variations of chalkboards in the market, and it is important for you to be able to distinguish the different types of boards and what is the perfect one to use for your project. And I'm sure that most of the workshops that you attend or most of the books that you read. So we'll include this very important information. And this is something that most instructors are. Most teachers don't talk about. And this is probably one of the most difficult things that you will encounter when you are doing client work. I will not be talking about how to do client work in this video, but I just want to give you a little bit of a glimpse on what you need to expect anywhere more familiar with doing chalk work. And you feel like you're ready to do client work because you will always encounter at different type of chalkboard for each of the client work that you're gonna do. And trust me, you have to know what you're dealing with. However, if you know what you're looking at and how to distinguish between them, then that's already a huge win in itself. So we'll dive right into the different characteristics of the chalkboards that he needs to take note of. In general, there are two types of chalkboard surfaces. One is porous and the other one is non porous. Let us talk about parties surfaces first. As the name suggests, pour resurfaces have pores in it. Think about the tiny little holes that may not be easily visible to the naked eye. Your face has poor is sponge has pores. On the other hand, non porous surfaces are those that are completely sealed with no pores. And as you can probably imagine, when you write on par resurfaces, they will absorb more dust and ink. So traditional chalk will be more suitable for these types of boards. If you use liquid chalk on these surfaces, most likely they will not be fully erasable. Liquid markers will tend to leave traces of the cost. They will go inside the pores. And this is what we call ghosting. And here are some examples of how ghosting looks like. One, to be more careful about ghosting, especially if you want to reuse the chalkboard. Examples of porous surfaces are concrete, paper, fabric, would and NDF boards. Take note that this list is not exhaustive, but I've only listed here what are the most common types of surfaces that you may encounter? On the other hand, non porous surfaces are those that do not have pores. This means that the chocolate you will use will just glide over the surface and most likely they will not result to ghosting. Liquid shop markers work best for these types of surfaces. Using a traditional chalk is possible, but it's not recommended because it's dust base and the dust will not have much area to stick on. You can still have some friction, but the mileage varies. So take note of that when you're working with non porous sports. Some examples of non porous boards are glass, metal, granite, slate, porcelain, and vinyl. But vinyl has caveats because some vinyl, we'll have cosine two. These are the different types of chalkboard surfaces. Not all of them are chalkboards like fabric and paper, but it's good to understand the different types of surfaces that you can be working with. Now that you understand the distinguishing feature, it will be easier for you to determine which ones you use for the type of project that you are working on. And you will be able to understand which combination of chalk and surface will be best for that purpose. Once again, here is a summary that you can screenshot in case you want to save this for later use. Alright, now that you know all about diffrent chalkboard surfaces, let's now dive deeper into liquid chalk markers. I will see you in the next video. 6. Liquid Chalk Markers: Now you can probably hear me say they're ready, that liquid shop markers are also different. Not all of them are created equal and you are right. Different brands have different characteristics from opacity, vibrance, and the selection of colors. Liquid chalk markers are usually water-based and acrylic base, do not confuse them with oil-based markers or it paints pens, usually you can tell whether it's a liquid chalk marker or a paint pan through their smell, oil-based pens or paint pants will usually smell like real paint. It will have a more chemical smell then an acrylic or water-based Penn also keep in mind that the liquid markers performance will also depend greatly on the surface that you use it on. Remember the different types of surfaces we talked about in the earlier video. They will come in handy when you're trying out different pens that you have or you might want to purchase. And general liquid chalk is erasable only on the right surfaces. Get back to the previous video if you forgot about that surfaces which we talked about, make sure that you are using a non porous surface for liquid chalk markers to prevent ghosting, to recap, ghosting is when the chalk or the liquid mark beefs non erasable traces on your boards. And you don't want this to happen because you might not be able to reuse the borne anymore without repeating it. And these are the brands that I like using posco verse a chalk and Montana, and also Molotov for white ink, I particularly like pasta because it is so opaque, one stroke is usually enough, however, for colored ones, I usually go for other brands because it widens the selections of colors that are at my disposal and I don't even need to stick with one breath. I can combine different brands onto one final art. For this project, we will be focusing on white chalk markers to not underestimate these information. Knowing your tools beforehand is quite important before you start your project, and it will certainly help you become more of an expert. Imagine you are bringing a knife to a gun fight that sounds like a disaster, right? So remember to bring the right tools for the right purpose. In the next video, we will be talking about the tips before starting your project. Help you have a smoother experience. 7. Tips Before You Start: We will be talking about the tips that you need to take note off before starting. I promise this will make your life easier and it will make you look like a probe has been doing this for years. First step is to familiarize yourself with the board and the materials that you are going to be using. If you're using them for a very long time, you should be well acquainted with them by now. If not, if this is all new to you and remember what you've learned on the chalkboard video and as well as the liquid chalk markers video. Think about a project that you want to do and take note of the differences and be sure to use the right materials for the purpose. And if you're not sure whether things would work, the next tip is for you test the materials before starting, test that shot or liquid chalk markers on one corner of the board and see whether a raised after the first try. You can try on a different side of the board now and take note of what happens to. You can also try waiting for a short while and see whether it's still a reasonable actor that by doing this, you are able to see and you're able to tell how far you can take the design. So it, knowing the materials beforehand will definitely help you create a suitable design for the project. If the materials to not react as how you expect them to be, you can always get a new set of materials. You can buy new markers, you can get a new chalkboard if it's available or if you're forced to use the materials that you have on hand, you can always adjust the design to work with whatever you have at the moment. The important thing is to get comfortable drawing the design on the board. So it doesn't have to be a complex design that you come up with. You can adjust how the design will look on the final art and be sure to be comfortable with whatever you plan on doing. Take note that some of the boards are really quite porous and anything you drawn, it becomes almost permanent during these cases when you are forced to work with this kind of board, you really need to be careful when creating your first sketch because it can be permanent, Right? So try your best not to make mistakes because it can be quite costly to fix them later on, what it is not impossible to fix, it will be quite difficult to do so it's important for you to understand the materials that you are using to prevent such cases from happening and to set the right expectations, especially when you are working on client projects. After trying out the different chalk and chalk markers that you have on hand with a surface that you want to be using and it doesn't seem to work. It's okay. It is not too late. You can always try out new materials. You can get a new batch of chalk. You can try different markers. Maybe if you can try to repaint the surface, if it's an option, you can also do that. Look at the different options available to you. It is not the end of the world. This is how pros to it they adapt to the situation. So make sure you settle this part before continuing on to the next phase because being prepared saves you a lot of trouble down the road, especially when you're committing to final Arts. I know it can seem too complicated because of the different combinations that are available to you, but do not worry, because the more you do this, the more you will become comfortable with the different options available to you and you will be able to adjust and you will find that things will become simpler along the way. So having said that, the only thing for you to do now is zoom on chalkboards. And this is where the fun as you get to try different stuff, alright, these are the tips to help you get started. And in the next video we will be talking about setting up your workspace so that you have an optimal work area. I will see you in the next video. 8. Setting Up Your Workspace: We're almost there to the meat of the class. Hang on for a little bit more. I just want to discuss all of the things that you need to take note of before you start your project, so everything will go smoothly. We are now at a topic of setting up your workspace. So here are some tips to help you set up your workspace. Make sure your workspace has enough space and you are comfortable working on it. Clean the board thoroughly and prepare the materials. Make sure you wipe the board clean with a damp cloth so that you remove all the dust before you started. Number three, have enough lighting and sunlight. Also take note if you are documenting your work, make sure you set up your recording devices. Take note of the different angles that you want to have for your final video and set up your recording devices accordingly. Lighting is important so you don't go blind. And it is also as important when you are trying to record your progress because we are using a liquid chalk marker for this project. We do not need to see some the chalkboard seasoning. The chalkboard is preparing the chalkboard with a little bit of dust so that it doesn't goes when you use traditional dusty chalk. That is out of the scope of this video. In this class, we're only focusing on the liquid chalk markers, Huygens he receives. We're almost there. In the next video, I will show you how to plan and understand the client brief. And in this case it will be the couple and their wedding details. So you can create a layout that fits the purpose. And we'll see you in the next video. 9. Understanding the Wedding Details: Because you're not creating this chalkboard for yourself and you're creating this for a couple. It's important that we understand them and their needs so that you can create something that's truly suits and foreign them. Take cues from their story, their life, and their personalities because this board and this wedding sign is for them and it's not for you. You are some questions to help you figure out what you need to do for this board. What is the way the theme? Is it Flora, rusty or sporty, or maybe it's elegant, or the roaring twenties. Quite a couple. What are their names? What are their professions? Number three, what are the couple of interests and personalities? Blood do they like doing? What are their hobbies? What Flowers, who they liked, what brands do they like? Personalities do they have that you can incorporate into the peace? Finally, you also need to take note of the wedding details like the time, the date, and the venue. So you can incorporate that into the wedding site. Now, do you remember the couples lovely story in chapter two? Let's summarize the requirements based on the details we know so far. Number one, wedding theme, though any theme is elegant and full of laurels. Couple will be Ashley and Jeremy. Their interests would be flowers, specifically lilies for Ashley, nature traveling and the beach. Wedding details would be mission Beach, California, 10102020. And during sunset, or using these information that we have on hand, we are now ready to create our very own chalkboard sign for Ashley and Jeremy. I will see you in the next video. 10. Creating the Layout: All right, it's now time for the main course. There are five main steps to create a simple layout and to keep things not too complicated, I'm going to show you one simple layout that you can follow and you can use for this project and any other future projects that you may have. Step one, plan the content. What are the names of the couple? How long are the words? What are the elements to be put on the board? And also think about all the important things that you need to draw on the board and write them down on a piece of paper or on your iPad. We will use this to plan the content and see how you can fit everything in the layout. Step number two of stewards and the elements, right? The words with enough spacing in between them, put a box around the words. This way you can visualize them as sheeps and instead of words, then identify which words are important for your purpose and circle these words to. This will help you decide which words need to have more impact. And also, this will be useful a little bit later. Step number three, fed the shapes in the layout. Once you have the word sorted out, fit them and he suggested layout. If you're feeling adventurous, you can also experiment with differently outs. You can also choose to make the shapes bigger or smaller as you see fit. To not forget to have fun with it. And at this point, remember the size of the chalkboard you are using. Make sure that the layout fits well on the board you have selected. Obviously you wouldn't want to eat he rectangular layout with a square chalkboard because that will create too much spacing on either sides of the borne. For chalkboard layouts, it's better to keep it simple and straight to the point. Focus on readability instead of flourishing or embellishment. Chalkboards are meant to be read from afar. You have to consider the person looking at the chalkboard to make sure that they understand what you are trying to say. It is more important for the words to be legible from a distance. Temple and clean chalkboards go along way. Even if it means it's going to be really simple, that is totally fine to focus on creating clean shapes, instead of thinking about how you can create unique twists, you can always adjust this later on. Once you have created a bunch of these thumbnails, look at them closely and see what you like and what you don't like. And then after that, choose your favorite and we will move on to the next step. Step number four, which is to adjust and refine. Now that you have a good blueprint for your lettering, you can now explore on the lettering styles. You can stick with one. You don't have to choose multiple styles. Remember to cap it at two to three styles. Especially if you are working on a very short piece, this is the time to make the important word shine. Remember to let them be bigger and bolder. Also try using a different style to highlight the words and see what happens. Don't be afraid to let your mind play and explore the possibilities. But at the end of the day, you don't want to get too carried away. You always have to remember the purpose of your word and go from there. Do not forget to watch the spacing and let the words and letters breed. This will make your layout stand out more. And lastly, step number five year final artwork on pen and paper or iPad. And this is the last step before we transferred the work to the actual chalkboard. By this time, you would have chosen a layout and design that you want. And especially if you are new to chop lettering, create your final art on paper or iPad first so that it will be easier for you to transfer your work to a chalkboard later on when you create your canvas or paper measurements, made sure that the size is scaled correctly based on the Board or surface that you are using. The best case is to have a one-to-one ratio, meaning your paper or ipad settings is the same size as the borne. Going to use for the final. If you cannot do a one-to-one ratio, just do some maths and you can scale it correctly. Also, if you are using procreating their iPad, create your work on a transparent layer. This will be useful for a surprise Tim later. And finally, it assigns a jar and make the final art. Okay. If you are using procreate, here is some bonus tip. Take a photo of your board flat on the team are on the floor so you can easily create a mock up, since you are lettering on a transparent layer, it's easy for you to overlay your final art on procreate on top of the mockup so that you can see the final output before you transfer it. That we, it's easy for you to adjust any detail that you want to change before you commit to final art, it's always exciting to see your final word on the surface. So this will help you boost your motivation a little bit. So I'm sure you're retired already. If you are a grab a coffee and when you're ready, let's get on to the next video. We'll get to transferring the final artwork to the chalkboard. 11. Transferring the Final Artwork: There are various ways to transfer your art into another surface. You can use a projector, you can use free hand, you can also trays, are you pouncing method? But in this project I will show you how to transfer your arent using the grid method, using your final aren't as reference. Create grid lines on your paper, then split the paper or the design into four by four if it is squarely out or four by five if it's rectangular blocks, you can also make smaller grants as you see fit for the size that we are working on. Either four by four or a four by five will be good enough for the chalkboard. I'm using citizen rectangular shape. I'll be using a four by five layout. Step number two, measure the board and draw grids, mark the center of the chalkboard and create gridlines lightly using normal chalk or chalk pencils pro tip. Take note of the visual center. The vertical center is slightly above the exact center. When you put this sign on a stand, our eyes tend to see the centre as slightly higher than what it actually is. So you have to manually compensate for it in your work. At this point, I can also try to gently erase the gridlines so you that you will have an easier time cleaning the boy later on. Step number three, Create lunch Hoff sketches using the grid that you created, focus on the important elements first, especially the main words and the main shapes that are going into your layout. If there are other embellishments for supporting the signs, you can adjust them easily once the mean words in the main shapes are there, he has light handed as possible so that you will have an easier time erasing the lines later. Because I'm using the stuff below all pencil, the lines are not as easily erasable as a normal chalk pencil. So I'm not as worried as smudging the lines as I draw on the board. But this also means that it's not easily erasable. So I need to wet a cloth using the spray bottle or I can use a wet wipe to erase the lines later. And this is how the finished sketch looks like. Step number four in the outline, slowly go over the outline and make sure that you ink the right areas while you can still erase any mistakes, being more careful saves a lot of time trying to redo the work. It is also helpful to have different sizes of markers so that the resulting output will have some contrasts because not all lines are thick and also not all lines are thin. So be sure to take note of this. Do not Russia, where it's important to have a very solid outline before you proceed any further. This is not array, so do try to take as much time as you need. And lastly, step number five, color the details and adding the embellishments. Now that is where the fun begins and it's also a very relaxing part of the whole process. When you finally get to see that things are slowly coming together, take your time and enjoy the process. You can use a smaller chalk marker to create thinner lines. Crispr edges don't be afraid to switch between thick or thin marker depending on the lines that you are drawing. You can also notice that I am propping my hand over a white piece of paper. This is to prevent any smudging from happening because we're using a liquid chalk marker and our hands tend to be wet from oil and sweat. We don't want to smudge the board with our heads. So having a scrap paper on the board before propping your hand onto the board will be an easy way to prevent any smudges from happening. Some parts of this video has been sped up to six times so that it's easier for you to view the whole process without taking too much time creating a chalkboard. We'll certainly take a long time, so be patient with it and enjoy the process. For this project. It took me about two to 2.5 hours to complete from start to finish. But don't be pressured to create a similar kind of chalkboard in the same amount of time. It may take longer or shorter depending on the skill and experience that you have. But just remember to have fun with it and you will go along way. So apart from drawing and inking the piece, we can create various textures using the smudging technique. Mark the area that you want to smudge liberally and then grab a piece of tissue or a small cloth and then drag the aim to the direction that you want. This creates an interesting texture that you can leverage on for your illustrations and lettering work. By combining this technique with the thin and thick strokes, you can create various contrasting features into your illustrations. If you're working on a really small area, you can also use a cotton swab instead of a tissue or a club to smudge those hard to reach areas by smudging the ink on some areas, we allow some areas of the flower and other illustrations to shine. So let's do this. You can use a ruler to create straight lines for the edges and the borders. After the ending phase, it's time to clean the board. You can use a wet cloth or a wet tissue to clean the larger areas. And for the smaller areas you can use the eraser that we have prepared. Be careful when erasing. You don't want to erase the lines that you have drawn. And at the same time do not be afraid to leave some of the lines behind because this is what makes chalkboards interesting and organic. The slight imperfections make the chalkboards more human and more accessible to the audience. And we're finally done. If you want to make it permanent, you can seal it with a matte fixative spree in this project and we'll just leave it as is because I want to erase the board later on. But I'm going to show you how I applied a fixative spray on another project that I did for my hydrogen flask customization. I have now shown you all the steps that you need to follow to create your very own born poor now was a lot of information and I am sure you are itching to get your hands dirty. So get your tub and other materials and start creating. 12. Congratulations & Next Steps: Congratulations on completing the course. I am so glad that you did this with me. You are now one step closer to turning your art and your passion into a business. We have now come to the end of the course, but I want to share with you next steps in case you want to take it a step further. Here are the things that you can do. You can learn more about script lettering and calligraphy to have a solid foundation on your script letter forms. And you can also learn line art so your illustrations will pop, while most of these can be found on skill share, you can always reach me at hello at designates if you have any questions and suggestions on future courses that you want to see. If you also want to learn more about any of these things and how to grow your chocolate entering craft and maybe turn it to a business in the future. I also have a group and one-on-one mentoring sessions that you can have a look. If you want to be part of the exclusive chalk fan, you can join my email list. You you are kept up to date of the latest information. Do share tutorials, special gifts and surprises that I don't share elsewhere. At the same time, you get the free PDF downloadable on how to create your easy chocolate layouts. Also, if you need any help with anything about this course, do not forget to subscribe to our Facebook group called chalk letters. Show your progress and ask questions for any section, I will be there along with the other artists to help you. Thank you so much for attending this course and I will see you all over social media, buy.