Happy Super Bowl 51 Sunday (here in the States) – thanks for dropping by, I know you need to get back to those appetizers. This is a quick post to share my Simple & Affordable way to get a chalk-lettered-look onto a fabric storage bin. I used this method in my recent post, Uncluttered Linen Closet Reveal.
Lucky you, I did all the trial & error testing to figure out which writing tool to use. That wasn’t my intention going into the process, I just wanted to get it lettered and the project done. However, after I tested several white chalk pens and a white gel pen, I realized the BEST way to letter on fabric bins is to use a white Prismacolor PENCIL! That’s right, a pencil! Aside from the white pencil being half the cost of chalk pens, there are Three Big Advantages of lettering with a pencil compared to using a wet chalk paint pen…
- Ability to sharpen the pencil. A sharp writing point gives you control of the line thickness. My type font, HERE has both thick & thin lines and fill-in detail lines.
- Pencil fills-in fabric’s textured surface. When I used a wet pen the letters were not solid the first time, then when I gave a second & third coat to fill in, the lines thickened too. The pencil covers better, it will take a couple of passes tho.
- Pencil will not dry-up. I already had three chalk pens and two gel pens and ALL were dry or close to being dry, so I went to the store to buy a fresh pen, and they are not cheap.
Once your letters are penciled and the base-line markings are erased you can seal the chalk so it won’t smear by giving it a light coat of clear spray. Clear preserving sprays are available in Gloss, Matte sheen so you can match the fabric sheen easily. Also in my experiment, a couple of my bins were made of a rougher textured fabric (or paper fabric) so, before lettering with wet chalk pens, I smoothed the texture with a coat of black craft paint. Once I figured out the white pencil was better I skipped the black paint entirely, the pencil filled the rougher texture on the second or third pass., I just had to move the pencil back and forth more as I lettered.
In the photo below, “VINTAGE” shows the letters with one “coat” of penciling.and “THROWS” shows how the second penciling covered perfectly, the white is bright. I used a Magic Eraser (Mr. Clean brand) and a foam pad paint brush to wipe away the horizontal lines I lightly drew as straight base/top lines. Then I took it outside to give a light clear spray to set the pencil lettering.
The final “chalk” lettered storage bin…
Thanks for Meeting Me Lakeside!