Weekend Wanderings 2.5

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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

After printing out my words on computer, I placed the word just under the drawn baseline and drew out the letters by sighting the spacing. I don’t have special abilities so I would call the process easy. However you could use white transfer paper if you desire. My efforts to rub white chalk on the backside of paper was too smudged on the fabric.

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!