Free Chalkboard Fonts & Dingbats – Photoshop NOT required!

It seems chalkboard lettering/art is sweeping the nation, world…pinterest.  I love anything to do with chalkboards!  Heck, I even have a huge DIY chalkboard wall going down our hallway for the kids.  But when you don’t have photoshop or you haven’t been able to master it you kinda are were stuck when it comes to creating a chalkboard effect for graphics.  Well, I’m glad to say………….not anymore!!!
I was playing around with fonts that appear to look like chalk & then it dawned on me I could even download dingbats to give the illusion of chalk artwork.  WHY didn’t I think of this sooner?  I am a dingbat for sure!   The sky is the limit with all the possibilities!!!

To download the free chalkboard background go here.

***EDITED TO ADD:  The above image was made using Picasa.***

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  1. you are going to get MAD pinterest and pageview on this!! LOVE it!!

  2. That’s music to my ears!!! I hate seeing the words photoshop! ;-) Good thing I follow smart people with awesome blogs! Thanks!!!

  3. Love this! Just downloaded all the fonts! I tried to get the background but I think I’m missing something, It’s linking to your AMAZING chalkboard wall? Thank you!

  4. can you explain how to use it without photoshop? i downloaded the chalkboard but i can figure out how to “write” on top of it.

  5. Found you on Pinterest…Love this!!! New to your blog…can’t wait to explore!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

  6. I love this! Bergamont is my new favorite font!

  7. The Bergamot font has dingbats but the font you used for the word “Dingbats” for #4 isn’t Bergamot, is it? Do you know what it is? I LOVE it! Thanks so much!

  8. great idea Kellie! I have a post were I was planning to use some “chalkboard text” soon! So I have a question, I rarely use dingbats because I don’t have a good way to see what they are – so I forget what they have – any tips?

  9. I love it!! Im patiently waiting for my chalk ink to arrive so this will have to hold me over. I love that pinterest led me to your blog its always fun to find new talent!!

  10. How How fun!! Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Great fonts. Thanks for providing this.

  12. Sweet! Thanks for the tips and the links! :)
    Kelly

  13. love this!
    is there another option for the birmingham font that i’m missing? yours is outlined and the download is only solid letters.

  14. I’ve already used your tut twice, Kellie! LOVE it! :D

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  16. Thanks you. I saw this on Pinterest and it is so cool!

  17. I LOVE this!! Thank you Kellie!!

  18. Thanks for sharing!

    I’d like to point everyone to one inspiring chick
    http://www.danatanamachi.com she’s certainly talented in chalk art.

  19. I love this!! Thanks for sharing.

  20. Love this! I am photoshop illiterate

  21. Love this. Just discovered your blog and entered to win your sewing giveaway. Thanks a bunch!

  22. Just discovered your blog and love it! I just entered your sewing giveaway…Thanks a bunch!

  23. Thank you for the font links. This is just what I was looking for!

  24. This is so fun Kellie!! I love it!

  25. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I just used it to make a sign for my retail Christmas space!
    Angela

  26. How do you do this? I just download the fonts , but they are not the word I write in dafont , just some sentences

  27. thanks so much, Kelli, for this compilation of fonts! i’m not a photoshop user either – FYI, if you use gimp, i found a tutorial that shows you how to further distress the letters a bit to really look like chalk. very cool.

  28. Thank you VERY VERY much! It was exactly what I was looking for!
    I joined Google+ for my blog and wanted a blackboard header. thanks to you, I DID it!
    Have a look:
    https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/101582457574137568744/101582457574137568744/posts

  29. What a smarty pants you are!!

  30. Love this…thank you!!!

  31. Geez! How fantastic! Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/11/make-it-pretty-monday-week-22.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  32. when i clicked over to your blog from tidy mom’s link party, i was instantly smitten by your BEEE-U-TEE-FUL blog! then you have these chalkboard fonts and dingbats and well, you had me at hello! :) Newest GFC-yay!

  33. Thanks so much for this! Love it!! Pinned it : )

  34. OMG! This is amazing, thank you sooo much!!

  35. This is great, thanks!!

  36. This is amazing!! Thank you so much for sharing!

  37. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!! I LOVE FINDING NEW FONTS:)

  38. Everyone and their mother has got to be glad for finding your post. Thanks for putting the collection together :)

  39. Thanks for sharing! I recently RElearned how to add new fonts to my computer (had forgotten how to do it). These are great!

  40. This an awesome idea! Thanks for providing the chalkboard background download!

  41. Love these!!!

  42. Thanks for posting this! I loved it so much, I created a tour dates image for my duo, Flagship Romance. Everyone loves it. Thanks, again! xo, Jordyn

    You can see it at my duo’s tumblr page: http://flagshipromance.tumblr.com/image/35351399133

  43. Cute blog – just stumbled across it! Have to do some more reading, but I’m your newest follower! Also loved your post about Christmas gift ideas – I’m looking for some more cute ideas for a Christmas countdown calendar!

    Anja @ cocalores.blogspot.com

  44. What!?! You can use downloaded fonts in Picasa!?! I love using my crappy old Picasa but did not know you could use downloaded fonts in the program… HOW??? PLEASE TELL HOW!!!

  45. Thanks so much for a great post! Definitely love your chalkboard ideas. Really appreciate your spirit of sharing! Happy Thanksgiving!

  46. Loved this, it sparked so many creative juices! Really appreciate the Sharing.

  47. These are AMAZING! Thanks for sharing. Hoping you won’t mind sharing a little more info… I’ve downloaded all the fonts on the linked page (and Things We Said, from above). But, would love to know what font is used for each of the words “tidings”, “comfort”, and “repeat”. Thanks so much!!

  48. Hey! I just featured this on my blog today. Amazing fonts and you put them together so beautifully!!

  49. Hi Kellie! Love these fonts…used them for a printable and included the link back to you for everyone else to download! thanks for the awesome typography love! http://wp.me/p1SSXe-1Bv xoxo-Cheryl

  50. Just wanted to say THANKS! for these great font suggestions! :)

  51. These are great fonts! Is there any way that you could give a little more info on creating this stuff on Picasa like you did? I haven’t a clue what dingbats is or how to download fonts onto Picasa. I would love to learn how! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • have you ever downloaded fonts to your computer? dingbats are basically the same thing as a font, just images. and you download dingbats the same way as you would a font. do you already have picasa installed in your computer? if or once you do, all the downloaded fonts should transfer over to picasa automatically. hope this helps.

  52. awesome font set. love bergamot

  53. Sheilah Broughton says:

    Hi there, I would love to now more about your chalkboard printables and I’m trying. In the meantime, when are you going to do one for Valentine’s Day?? Thanks

  54. These are AMAZING!! Thank you for putting it all together. I have spent the day playing. One question tho: the Birmingham font you used has an outline, and I can’t find a version that has that. Can you help a gal out??
    Found the SNF fonts you used in another chalkboard share, and LOVE THEM as well. Been a chalkboard fool today! Made a shower invite for my daughter. ;-) Added some pink chalk. ;-) THANK YOU.

    • thank you! for the Birmingham font, i did everything in Picasa & there’s an adjustable bar by the color options. you can slide the bar to the right & it will fade the font of Birmingham to achieve that look. i think i went almost halfway across for that particular look. you’ll see it. :)

      • been playing around today too! how would i do that for the font in Photoshop? i am just learning as i go with ps… can can’t figure it out and can’t find a you tube vid on it… thank you!!!

        • and.. where did you get the arrow!?

        • at the bottom of the post, there’s a link to Sweet C’s Design – she has a tutorial for the photoshop version.

          • thank you! i mean though, making the outline of the font??? i googled it and you tubed it… can’t figure it out!? like the first font and the 4th font.. how you adjusted the outline! It looks so good…

          • oh gosh, i don’t know…i make ALL of my chalkboard printables in picasa. there’s a slider option for the fonts to make thick/thin & that’s what i used for those particular fonts. sorry, don’t know what to suggest, because i’ve never used photoshop.

  55. hi, thanks for sharing this with us! number 6: handy george looks a lot like “pea ellie bellie” from kevinandamanda.com pea fonts.

  56. can someone please give me a little assistance…I downloaded picasa to make some of my own signs, but I have no idea how to work it ouside of the photo capablities…someone help a frustrated girl out!:)

  57. Thansk a lot for using my humble Handy George Font. I’m so glad someone likes it and USE it. Great work. You made my day !

  58. Hi there,

    This is an awesome post. I downloaded the chalkboard background and used it in GIMP to create a nicely decorated chalkboard. Love this!

  59. Thank you for sharing this post. LOVE the fonts!! As a teacher. I will have lots of fun playing around with these!

    I’m assuming Picasa is a program. Do you know if it’s still available? I know there is something called Picasa on Google Chrome, but it is only for looking at pictures. I’ve looked at it a few times trying to figure out how you would have used that but just can’t.

    Thanks again for this wonderful post!!

  60. Thank you for your incredible post.. LOVE the fonts!! As a teacher. I will have lots of fun playing around with these!

    I’m assuming Picasa is a program. Do you know if it’s still available? I know there is something called Picasa on Google Chrome, but it is only for looking at pictures. I’ve looked at it a few times trying to figure out how you would have used that but just can’t.

    Thanks again for this wonderful post!!

  61. THANK YOU SO MUCH for posting! I just created an awesome announcement flyer for my church youth group and could’t have done it without this guide.

  62. BlueyedTexasGal says:

    I downloaded the font zip files but it won’t let me open them in anything. I’m not using photoshop. Is that the only way to use these fonts? Please help?!

    • once you’ve opened the zip files, you download them into your fonts, and then picasa should automatically pick them up through your font downloads.

  63. Hi,
    I’ve downloaded all the fonts and then opened picasa and i’m having trouble creating my sign. some of the fonts does not supply all the letters, and the “dignbats” like number 7 wont show up… any hints?

    Thanks,
    Kari

  64. OMG! This is amazing!!!!! I am so excited! Just thinking of Photoshop makes me break out into a cold sweat! I knew there had to be another way! I want to be able to make signs and invites etc — myself. YOU MADE MY DAY!!!!!

  65. How did you make the arrows?

  66. Love these! Thanks! Can you tell me what font has the cute arrows you used on the bottom? Thank you!

  67. Ive been reviewing your blog and I’m not sure why but I can seem to see your tutorial on how to make a chalkboard sign. I dont know photoshop but I do know very little on picmonkey and picasa. Would it be possible for you to send me a link to this tutorial?

    thank you,

    Shari

  68. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I in finding It really useful & it
    helped me out a lot. I hope to provide something back and help others such
    as you aided me.

  69. Had these pins months ago and finally got around to downloading these amazing chalkboard fonts. Thanks so much Kellie for making these available to us! Can’t wait to get started on my chalkboard wall. Happy New Year!

  70. Great resource, I wish your “Video of the day:” on the page didn’t start playing automatically though – I know this after 2 minutes frantic searching I figured out where the noise was coming from, very annying.

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