Free Downloadable Chalkboard Backgrounds

Free downloadable chalkboard background

A few fellow letterers have asked about the chalk backgrounds I’ve been using for some recent Pinterest posts. Actually those were created using a stock photo of a chalkboard as the base file and while that’s always an option, I thought I’d try creating a convincing chalkboard image myself (sorry iStock) and make it available here on Foolish Fire.

Download the .zip file here

The folder includes a gray, blue and green version in .jpg format.

I’ll be posting another tutorial soon on how to work with these files to create a reversed chalkboard look out of a sketchbook lettering project.

Hey look…a new Foolish file!


Hi-Res Chalkboard backgrounds in 3 flavors!
By popular demand we’ve added a set of high-res backgrounds for just a buck ninety-nine. These will work a lot better for anything you intend to print at 8.5×11 and smaller.

122 thoughts on “Free Downloadable Chalkboard Backgrounds”

  1. Awesome! Thanks for sharing – My friend who is a 5th grade teacher says there aren’t any blackboards left in the school! They all use “smart boards” which are computer-integrated dry erase boards. Too bad because they’ll never know the joy of going outside to clean all the dust off of the erasers!

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  6. ok..maybe I’m missing something or i’m just being a blonde, but how do I go about downloading the chalkboard back ground and then how do I use it??? I clicked on it to download and now I can’t find it in my computer and use it:(

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  9. These are all such cute ideas!! I’m also a Pinterest addict. I statred a link up just for Pinterest inspired projects called You’re invited to come check it out and link up it starts every Thursday and ends the following Wednesday.

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  15. Thanks so much! I’m using it as a background for an invitation for my sister’s baby shower brunch. I’m just a regular person – no design experience – so this really helps!

  16. Is it possible for you to remake this is 16×20 size? When I enlarged it was very blurry and wouldn’t work as a chalkboard background for me. I’m not so savvy with making my own!

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  20. This is the best! I’m going to try it out instead of hand drawing on a real chalkboard to save time designing some puppy announcements for a friend.

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  22. Just wanted to say thank you for providing these backgrounds! I’m using them to follow your chalkboard-lettering tutorial, with the intention of making labels for my etsy store’s products. I was not sure whether this fell under your realm of acceptable use (and I also wanted to thank you!), so I’m leaving this comment. I hope you’ll email me if you’d prefer I didn’t use these bases in a commercial sense!

    Thank you in advance!

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  24. This old mom is learning new tricks…thank you for sharing your expertise, so that others, like myself, may learn from you . I am so very grateful. What is the answer about using your fonts chalkboards commercially?

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  30. Hello! Great big thanks for this. I found you through Pinterest and am using these to make a graduation gift.

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  33. Thank you for the free download! Greatly appreciated as I’ll be using it to make my sons 1st birthday stats chart 🙂

  34. It’s been 24 hours and I haven’t received your Hi Res chalkboard backgrounds, despite purchasing them. Are they no longer available?

  35. Just wanted to follow up and say thanks for responding to me, the link you e-mailed worked fine. 🙂 Thanks again!

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  39. The same policy applies to both the low and high res backgrounds—they’re okay to use for commercial applications. Have a ball. And thanks for asking.

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  46. Christine Bursoto

    May I use this as a background image for a client project? It’s a non-profit organization.

  47. I am apart of the yearbook team at my school.. and was wondering if we have permission to use the chalkboard as apart of our yearbook

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