Design and Creation of Chalkboard Lettering

A course by Paola Vecco
Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering and Typography. Lima, Peru.
Joined August 2017
, Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering and Typography

Learn the principles of lettering and design an attractive chalkboard composition for a bar, restaurant or business

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 85 students
Design and Creation of Chalkboard Lettering

Learn the principles of lettering and design an attractive chalkboard composition for a bar, restaurant or business

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 85 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 18 Lessons (1h 23m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Want to learn to create striking chalkboard designs like the ones you see in your favorite bars and shops? Lettering specialist Paola Vecco lets you in on all the secrets, whether you're just starting out or looking to find new ideas and inspiration!

Learn to conceptualize and design lettering for business chalkboards by going over the basics along with some calligraphy rules to help you develop your projects further. See how to create the skeleton of your letters and how to complete them right down to the last detail. Your teacher gives you some tips on hierarchy and composition, how to adapt your letters to different shapes, and how to transfer your design to the chalkboard.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Lettering basics
  • U3
    U3. Composition
  • U4
    U4. The sketch
  • U5
    U5. Let's do it
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know a little more about Paola and her career as a graphic designer and lettering artist. She talks about her influences and references, as well as the course content.

Delve into the fundamentals of lettering to help you conceptualize your ideas. Then get straight to work creating the structures of your letters and learn to shape them focusing on proportion, weight, contrast, and angle. Paola also shows you the basic calligraphy rules to apply to your lettering.

Once you've defined your letters, gradually add the details and take your piece to the next level with shadows, volume, and color gradients. Use flourishes, flicks, and even illustrations to help get the most out of the space.

Next, Paola explains some of the visual cornerstones for distributing elements across your chalkboard and establishing hierarchies before teaching you some tricks for working with chalk and distorting the letters to fit different shapes.

Apply everything you've learned to your project sketch following a client brief. Wrap things up by discovering how to resize your design and transfer it to the desired chalkboard format. Paola gives you some final tips to make sure your lettering turns out exactly how you'd imagined.

What is this course's project?

Create a medium-sized chalkboard lettering design for a café, bar, or restaurant.

Who is it for?

Anyone passionate about lettering who wants to get creative designing chalkboard lettering.

What you need

No previous experience is needed, just a few basic tools and materials such as paper, a pencil, a chalkboard, chalk, tape, a ruler, an eraser, Q-tips, and a cotton or microfiber cloth.

Paola Vecco

A course by Paola Vecco

Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering and Typography

Paola Vecco is a graphic designer specialized in lettering and typography whose work combines her passion for design and letters. She has been working in branding for almost fourteen years and after passing through some of the most renowned studios in Peru, Paola became creative director at Infinito Consultores where she works on designs for well-known brands.

She studied lettering and calligraphy in Buenos Aires, Argentina and went on to complete a postgraduate degree in advanced typography at the EINA in Barcelona. Her typeface, Tocapu, was selected for the Pangramme International Student Type Design Exhibition. She was ambassador for the brand Tombow and has also taken part in the Tipos Latinos biennale.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Lettering basics

    • Materials
    • Structure
    • Proportions, weight, contrast and angle
    • Terminations
    • Finishes: shadow, volume, gradient
    • Calligraphy as the basis for drawing letters
    • Decorative elements: flourishes, ribbons, illustration
  • U3


    • Hierarchies and composition structure
    • Distortion and spacing
  • U4

    The sketch

    • Brief and mood board
    • Exploring ideas
    • Final sketch and resizing
  • U5

    Let's do it

    • Everything is slateable!
    • From sketch to blackboard
    • Drawing and details
    • Finishing touches
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Design and Creation of Chalkboard Lettering

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Design and Creation of Chalkboard Lettering. A Calligraphy, and Typography course by Paola Vecco

Design and Creation of Chalkboard Lettering

A course by Paola Vecco
Graphic Designer Specialized in Lettering and Typography. Lima, Peru.
Joined August 2017
  • 85 students