If you are a crafter, there is a work product you should probably have in your craft supply toolbox. It’s called Chalk Ink. Chalk Ink is made to look like chalk, with none of the dusty properties. It comes in a set of markers and works similar to a paint pen. You shake it well, then depress the tip on a paper towel or plate until the ink begins to show at the tip.
There is no dust. If you are working on a non-pourous surface—highly recommended—you can wipe off mistakes with a damp sponge or Windex if you work fast. Once it is dry there is no smearing and it’s pretty much set.
It is easier to use than chalk because even if there is a chisled tip, you can make fine lines, crosshatching and add details.
“… you can make fine lines, crosshatching and add details.”
Here are some things we discovered using Chalk Ink:
- You can mix colors, either light over dark or vice versa; often you can get a good technique by letting the base dry, then add highlighting wherever the light source would be coming from.
- The more non-porous the surface the better.
- Try using a pencil to just mark out your design parameters before you begin—the marker will cover it fine.
- Metallic colors pop on blackboard
- There are different tips so shop wisely depending on your project.
- These are great for making signs with wording; we didn’t use a stencil, but that might work if you are not good freehand.
- Make sure to add details whether that means crosshatching, highlighting or even dots.
- The white markers are extraordinary and you might want an extra for sign script.
They are a little pricey at a set of 8 markers for $35.99 retail, but they will last for a pretty long time.
For kid projects, cover a work surface with thick butcher paper and the kids can “tap in” the color right on the paper. Take a look at the projects we did for Halloween on a string of pendants and the second, a sign, using simulated blackboard covered foam core.
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The copy for Chalk Ink says it can be used on a gym floor and a bathtub. We don’t have experience with that but it sounds fun. Visit their website to look at a video and see other projects and tips.
Chalk Ink says:
For fall’s festivities, pick up Chalk Ink’s Fall-lala-lala set of 6 Wet Wipe Markers: Green tea, Stick o’ butter, Teddy bear, Candy corn orange, Spanish tile and Smiley face yellow. You will use them time and time again for fun Halloween activities, bright DIY home décor and holiday projects. $27.99