“Chalkboard” Lettering Photoshop Tutorial

Recently, a friend asked how to create a custom chalkboard-look print for framing. She wanted to make a “where we’ve lived” keepsake that has the hand-made look of chalk art without the mess. Here’s an easy way to achieve the effect if you know a little about Photoshop but are intimidated by lettering.

Create a new document in Photoshop. Mine is 1200x1200 pixels. Fill the document with dark grey. I used #1e2228 (R: 30, G: 24, B: 40). This becomes your background layer.

TMI: Keep in mind that your document should be sized appropriately for your final output....

Lipstick is a Hit

I waited years to finally put together my signature Lipstick font... and I am thrilled every time I get a notification that people are finding it and buying it. I have put zero effort into SEO or other measures to attract business, since I am focused on developing products and working on client projects. But how exciting! Thanks to everyone who has purchased my little typeface so far!

At the suggestion of the MyFonts review team, I am working on a revised version, which will be expanded for multi-language support and include more special characters and punctuation. Look for Lipstick...

Site Updates are Coming Soon

I have a lot in store for La Lettre de Luxe in the coming weeks. I can’t wait to show you all I have been working on. My head always is full of letters and design, and this site aims to share that with anyone else as crazy for typography and style as I am. Thanks for stopping by!

DIY: Industrial “Brushed Metal” Letter Sign

One of my long-term home projects is incorporating lettering throughout the space. When I stumbled upon Life as a Thrifter’s “Knock-Off Anthropologie Letters” tutorial, I decided to do something similar for my son’s room.


  • Dropcloth: A broken-down cardboard box works. Cost: free.
  • Lightweight wood or paper composite letters: I used Hobby Lobby 8" papier maché letters. They are surprisingly sturdy, stylish, and inexpensive. Cost: $2.50/each.
  • A can of metallic spray paint: I used Krylon Premium Metallic in Original Chrome after debating between that color and Sterling Silver for...

How to Make Your Correspondence Singular

Several times a year, I open my mailbox to find a card from my friend Mayra. I don’t have to see the handwriting or read the return address to know it’s from her, because the envelopes are decorated in a unique way.

As a side note, which is relevant to this post, Mayra is the only roommate I’ve ever had. In the six-month gap between the end of a lease and a cross-country move, I moved into Mayra’s amazingly low-priced apartment situated above a Baptist church.

One thing I learned about Mayra during this time was her incredible...