Here’s a little bible verse inspiration and creativity for your Sunday morning. Today I am sharing a free chalkboard art printable from my own collection…
I love the look of chalkboard art and have already incorporated a chalkboard theme monthly calendar and a large chalkboard look French patisserie sign into an area of my home, so I wanted to stick with the aged black and white chalkboard color palette for this particular piece as well. I have a great shabby baroque picture frame that I found at Kirkland’s for about $13 (such a steal) that I have yet to do anything with, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to put it to good use.
I pulled up my Pinterest boards (always my go-to) and found this great post I had saved about “How to make your own chalkboard printable” via How to Nest For Less. Awesome site, so be sure to visit! Erin included a great Free Chalkboard background graphic, perfectly sized for my 8×10 frame, and some links to FREE chalkboard style fonts found on dafont.com – one of my favorite places for free font downloads. Since my hand isn’t steady enough – nor do I have the patience for – drawing by hand with chalk, this was the perfect alternative. I downloaded the chalkboard background, a few of her suggested fonts, picked a couple faves I already had, and got to work.
For this particular piece of art, I chose to use a verse from the Bible – 1 Peter 4:8 “above all, love each other deeply.” This art technique is great for printing favorite Bible verses, quotes, lines from music, etc. and only requires a little quirking of font types and sizes. It can be done in any graphics program like Adobe Illustrator or Paint Shop Pro.
When working within a frame with only words, I like to build a small buffer around the edge and size the wording so that from edge to edge of each letter, the whole thing fits within an invisible border the same shape as the frame. It gives it a uniform feel that works nicely to balance things out when you plan to use different fonts and sizes of lettering. Make sure you don’t go too heavy on any particular font style and mix in a nice blend of script, traditional, bold, and decorative fonts. Here’s my selection:
The Romantiques font was missing some of the roughed up texture the other fonts already had, so I tweaked it a bit for consistency. When it was all said and done, in less than 1/2 an hour I had the perfect piece – a sweet verse in a great old typography look, nicely complimented with a chippy, chunky baroque frame. What do you think?
If you like my verse artwork, and would like to save yourself some time, you can DOWNLOAD a copy of the graphic HERE.
Be sure to visit How to Nest For Less for the plain chalkboard background to use in your own projects and other great ideas.
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