Chalkboarding (Large Display)

For our church’s Advent sermon series we’re going through the famous John 3:16 as a way to look at Jesus as God’s gift to the world. I usually come up with all of our sermon graphics, but I also wanted to create a large display in the foyer of our sanctuary. I had this idea of doing a large chalkboard display. In my mind, it would be really elaborate with tons of pictures of the nativity story, vintage-looking lettering, and tons of interesting things to look at. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

I picked up some chalkboard panels at Home Depot… the same ones I used for my nightstands. I figured a five panel display should be big enough to make a statement. I used the title slide I created on photoshop, then projected it on the panels so I could copy the fonts/text. This took a lot longer than expected. I thought it would be easy since I was just copying, but even copying takes a long time. The projection made it a lot easier to keep things precise and centered on the chalkboard(s).

I used the projector to make the text bigger. It really helped in making the text an exact copy.

I used the projector to make the text bigger. It really helped in making the text an exact copy.

As I traced, the light from the projector made the chalk ink glow!

As I traced, the light from the projector made the chalk ink glow!

The finished 3 center panels. I experimented with shading and gradients with the chalk ink.

The finished 3 center panels. I experimented with shading and gradients with the chalk ink. It took about 3 days to do this.

After I had finished the center panels, I was sick and tired of chalkboarding, but still had 2 more panels to go! I don’t know how the professional chalkboard artists do it.

The side panels. I thought about cutting these from the display multiple times because I was so tired. In the end, I decided to suck it up and do the damn thing.

The side panels. I thought about cutting these from the display multiple times because I was so tired. In the end, I decided to suck it up and do the damn thing.

These are the panels attached to some wooden stands in our sanctuary foyer.

These are the panels attached to some wooden stands in our sanctuary foyer.

All in all, the whole project took about a week. Even attaching the panes to the stands took more time than anticipated. I’m not sure if it was worth it. haha. Hopefully this helps people to focus on our sermon series more…

For the final display I attached some shoplights to give it a good accent.

For the final display I attached some shoplights to give it a good accent.

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One response to “Chalkboarding (Large Display)

  1. As beautiful as your original graphic was, the in-person visual is significantly more stunning! Thanks for bringing us the whole picture; it wouldn’t have had the same effect without the side panels. Thanks, too, for sharing ‘the making of’ backstory.

    (Added kudos for keeping the Kobata stands relevant!)

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