Last month I was inspired by Rachel’s photos of the Fat Hen—specifically the hand written pricing on a pane of glass. I loved the look and decided to recreate it in my home. It was a great excuse to practice my hand lettering too!
I didn’t want to draw off the cuff, so I lettered a phrase from one of my favorite verses and blew it up to use as a template. If you’d like to use my template, you can download it below. You definitely don’t need to use a template though, you can just write/draw whatever you dream up. The possibilities are endless! The wet erase chalk marker (not for use on chalkboards) erases with a damp cloth, so you can draw over and over again.
It was tricky to photograph the final product since it transforms as you view it from different angles. It will look totally different at night, too! It’s really quite beautiful, and I think you’ll like it if you try it. Next time I’m going to take a looser approach and sloppily write a long quote that takes up the whole window.
Update: This is what it looks like at night! Pretty cool, right?
“you shine like stars” template (free to download here—for personal use only please)
2 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ paper
scissors or a paper cutter
wet erase chalk marker (available for purchase here)
1. Print both pages of the pdf template.
2. Trim off a narrow strip on the right side of the first page of the template, and on the left side of the second page so the design bleeds off each page. (See the first photo for clarification.)
3. Line up the two pages so the letters meet seamlessly in the center. The pages will overlap about an inch or so. Tape them together when you have them perfectly aligned.
4. Now go outside and tape the template to your window facing in.
5. Go back inside. Follow the instructions on the marker packaging to get the ink flowing, and trace the template on the glass with your wet erase marker. Your final product is not going to be exact since the marker tip is quite large, so just use the template as a guideline.
6. When you’re finished tracing, go outside and remove the template from the window.
7. If desired add some doodles around the lettering. I went with triangles since I’m not quite over my triangle obsession yet.