Monday, January 7, 2013

Chalkboard Graffics using Picmonkey

Hello everyone!  How was your first weekend of 2013?  

While sad to see the kiddies go back to school, I feel empowered to start back at the gym.  Last week I posed a question on FB, asking if anyone would be interested in following along with me on a health journey.  Many of you showed interest and so I hope to throw something together as an ongoing topic here on the blog.  

More on that later, but for now...


The wall dividing our kitchen and dining room is located at the base of our stairs and is the first thing our kiddies see each morning when coming down for breakfast.  Several months ago, I coated it with chalk paint and often use it to write inspirational quotes and/or notes for them, hoping to start their day positively.  I have always loved the medium and having our chalk wall has led me to use chalk pictures in posts. leading some of you to ask where I find my chalkboard fonts and designs.  Well here's the good news - I make them myself and you can too.  The better news - you don't need Photoshop to do so.  Here's how...

- Click here for chalkboard image and save onto your desktop
- Upload image onto Picmonkey
- Choose wider fonts. I choose Sketch Block, EcuyerDAX , Janda Sylish Script and Stroke Dimension
- Dafont.com also has several chalkboard fonts to download; click picture above to take you there

- Once you have chosen the font you like, proceed to change the colour of the font to white
- Sometimes I fade the font a little for a more realistic look
- From here on you will just need to play with your design until you are satisfied
- You can now add borders or sketches and again change the color to white

I find the Christmas borders particularly appealing
and they can be used for everyday printouts

I also like using the banners found in the Halloween section.  There are several to choose from under 'day of the dead'.  You will need to change the line colour to white and click the background to transparent. 

It is that simple.  Notice that this particular chalkboard seems a little more used?  I simply added the overlay called smudge from the overlay section and faded it a little. 

This one reminds me of an old silent film

Here are some more I've created...



I created this one last week using the banners and a combination of fonts

So there you go - super easy and so 'right' now.  I hope this helps answer some of your questions. Please let me know if you have any other questions and I'll respond within the comment so in case it may be of benefit to anyone else.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great Monday!  I'm off to the gym to work off all those holiday calories...ugh.

much love,

17 comments:

  1. I love your lovely chalkboard designs~ I usually post my seasonal chalkboards by now, so I need to get on the ball for Valentine's day!

    Thank you for the gorgeous inspiration <3

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  2. Love this Lucy... I can think of about a zillion uses!
    Susan

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  3. Wow! This is great information! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

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  4. This is GREAT!!! Going to play around with it right now! Thank you!

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  5. Thanks so much for the image, and the information - we all love a good chalkboard!

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  6. This rocks - one question. I didn't know you could download fonts to use in PicMonkey - how does that work?
    Kelly

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    1. Hi Kelly, that's a great question as you are right you cannot upload your own fonts onto Picmonkey but the folks at Picmonkey are reading this post so perhaps that is something they can look into ;) . Dafont has some great fonts to download, you would then have to make your sign on Powerpoint or Paint on Microsoft. Thanks for a great question...xo

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  7. I have nothing but LOVE for the Monkey!! Great tips and tutorial.. :)
    Angelina

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  8. I hope you had a great day and got your work out in. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge here, Lucy- I really appreciate it- xo Diana

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  9. Thanks for sharing! Super easy, thanks to u~

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  10. Excellent answered a question I didn't need to ask thanks!!

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  11. Hi Lucy, Lisa from PicMonkey here. Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial! We love the tip about adding the Smudge texture. Keep Creating!! From yer pals at PicMonkey.

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    1. cool to 'see' you here Lisa...love what you guys are doing at Picmonkey. Hope to see more cool features added as the seasons progress...xo

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  12. I tried this, but did not come across some of the options you listed in your tutorial. I was wondering if you needed to upgrade and pay for PicMonkey to get these capabilities or am I missing something. All I could do was download the chalkboard background, but did not see a prompt to add text or overlays. Thanks, Heather Herbay

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  13. Yea!!! I just googled how to make a chalkboard printable on picmonkey and your blog was the first one to come up!!! I followed your great instructions and now have the perfect "Snowballs for Sale 5 cents, sign, thank you!!!

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  14. Lucy,
    Just came across your tutorial on chalkboard on picmonkey. Have you printed any of these off and how do they turn out?

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