Every comment I’ve received on this whiteboard (I design 3-4 per year for ladies’ events at my church) has been some variation of, “Wow, so colorful!” This is because I pretty unashamedly default to black and white on these projects. Whiteboard markers only come in NEON EVERYTHING and basically feel like they’re shouting at you, and that is not my thing. But, this event was the last event of the school year, and the theme was undoubtedly going to be springy—so I figured I’d step out of my comfort zone.
It took all my strength not to de-saturate the picture when I edited it for inclusion on social media…
As I was recently telling someone, creating a design that will last no more than 48 hours at most creates an interesting mental state. For some reason, it almost makes me more willing to put more time an effort into it, and it 100% makes me excited to try brand new ideas. I’m not sure why this is. When I really think about it, I’m actually pretty befuddled by this risk-taking attitude, since if the design turned out to be a total disaster, I would stay and re-do it. Maybe it’s because I can grab the eraser and take apart half the design in a matter of seconds? I’m still not sure why that changes anything, because when I hand-letter on my iPad Pro, I can do the same thing. If I have any revelations, I’ll definitely update you here. Meanwhile, I would love to know if any other hand-letterers experience the same thing—so maybe try designing a chalkboard or whiteboard and erasing after 48 hours and tell me what happens!
Also of note with this board is that I used a new tool, and it is now one of my very favorites! Believe it or not, the detail you see inside the letters, and the subtle detail inside the flowers was created with… A pencil eraser! You can see this on the inside of "strangers," as well as on the flower petals. All of these items started out fully colored-in. I waited 2-3 minutes for the ink to dry on the board so that the ink would come off cleanly rather than smear, then I just began erasing! Every other stroke or so, I did find that I needed to rub off the excess flaked ink. I also made sure that I cleaned off the eraser really well before I switched to erasing on another color of ink, otherwise it would leave behind some traces of the other ink.
From now on, a good old-fashioned pencil is definitely going to be in my whiteboard creation toolkit at all times.