So lets get started...
Here is how I thought I should approach this:
I started with a simple design
using a graphics software program
for Mac called
The Print Shop
My cafe styled artwork is called
The Daily Bread
and it lists all of the things we can serve you
at our little French Cafe!
The finish graphic was printed out on standard
8 1/2 x 11 inch paper
and I left the spacing grids in
to help with placement
I started by dividing the board up into quadrants
I used simple rulers and a tape measure for this
The font I chose is called Infilto,
which is one of my favorites !
You can find lots of great fonts just like this one
that can be downloaded for free or there are millions of sites
you can purchase great fonts
for just a few dollars.
Here we are
beginning to add the largest elements
and some of the type
I really just loosely sketched
the words and art into the areas that were consistent
with my computer created graphics
the banner at the bottom says
One of the biggest issues I had was dull chalk ...it wouldn't fit into my pencil sharpener
so I used a paring knife,
but it was not the best solution either
Looking at the board at this point
I realized that:
1. my bread looked like a Thanksgiving turkey
2. there was no way I could fit all of those food items
on to this chalkboard ....
way to much wording
So I narrowed it down to just three words,
moved the wheat sheaths to the sides of a new bread sketch
and kept right on going....
reworking as needed
Adding a crosshatch border
was a nice element too
It took a few times
to get the style of the font
translated using chalk
I have to say, one of the best things about this type of project
is the ease in which you can wipe off your mistakes
and try again...awesome!
so here we are...
not finished yet,
but getting close.... even though my bread now looks like a baked potato
but the basic design is in place
and I learned a lot about the actual process of chalkboard artwork
I will share the finished board on my next post...
Did I mention how much fun this is!!!!?