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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Chalkola–Chalk Markers and Pens

Hi Everyone…..

A bit of a change in my posts today. A couple of months ago I was contacted and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a new product. They are Chalkola Markers and Pens. I don’t do a lot of other types of art projects away from my dolls, but I thought it might be interesting to see what these are all about.

They are non toxic, children friendly markers. Easy clean up (when used according to the instructions). That means if used on the surfaces they are meant for, clean up is easy. The surfaces should be non porous, such as glass, plastic, windows. Chalkboards and whiteboards are listed as well, but using these markers over chalk paint, may not clean off completely. Test a small area first.

On their website, on the Shopping tab, you’ll find a number of different options to choose from depending on what you would use them for as well the size and type of markers. The package I received is the first one on the page, which contains 10 chalk markers and 6 metallic ones.

I’ve snipped a few images from the website CHALKOLA CHALK MARKERS to show you how others are using these markers. They also have a  YOUTUBE channel where you can see demo’s, tips and tricks and others who have reviewed the markers. Below these images are my thoughts and images of what I tried. Also check the Blog on their website, there are examples of things you can do and how to do them and the supplies needed.

You can get so much information about their products on the website and all the demo’s on YouTube. You’ll see how to get them started, how you can wash off what you created and so on. The videos are short but you’ll get all the information you need, and are mostly by those who have reviewed them.

I’m going to go in a different direction with my experimenting. Because all the information is based on Non Porus surfaces, I’m going to show examples of Porous surfaces.  I mostly work with fabric, paper (for mini books etc), wood and other porous surfaces when I make props and embellishments for my art dolls, it might be interesting to see how these would work.

My examples are very raw. I just did a few doodles, tried writing with the pens, both the larger nibs and the metallic smaller ones. Don’t expect anything exciting here…lol

The first three examples are with coffee filters. Example #1 is just writing on them, to see if the ink would run, and no it doesn’t. The inks dry very quickly, especially on these coffee filters.

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This picture shows an experiment using a spray bottle with the ink. I just did some quick marks with two colours and sprayed it with water to see what would happen. If I had do it for a project, I would just wait for it to dry and repeat the colours. I think the effect would be really good. You can see how the colour runs.

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In this example I just blotched a mix of Lumiere inks and the Chalkola inks together and sprayed them with water. I also dabbed on some metallic from the Chalkola box. I was experimenting with these to see if I could incorporate these in an art doll I just finished for a customer. I made some coffee filter wings for her, and thought perhaps I could make these look woodsy. I didn’t go with that idea, I would have to spend more time with trial and error to get the right look. But experimenting in a good thing, this exercise gave me some good insight into the inks.

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This was a scrap of balsa wood left from the art doll. I tried the inks on here and they did bleed a little, but if you were going for a wash of colours, I think you could easily do that on the balsa. The metallic inks do write easily.

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The next one is some playing around writing on non woven felt. It does work, but you  pick up a little of the fiber on the tips of the pens, easy to remove though. With the felt, it does soak up the ink, but if you want to use felt, just let it dry and reapply until it’s as opaque as you want it. I also washed out a piece and the ink washed out cleanly. That was before it was fully dry, but at least you know it does wash out.

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The last piece is just a scrap of fabric I use for doll bodies. It’s a high thread count cotton. All I did was just more squiggles and in one place just filled in the triangle. It did slightly soak through, but I think if you keep a light touch with the pen, you could manage to not have any show through. It did not bleed on this fabric.

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My thoughts overall. I like these markers and the ink. I don’t think there would be many applications for my doll art. If I were making something like a clown or other similar type of doll, I think the markers could be used to add rosey cheeks or patterns on a costume or something like that.

I think overall though, the best way for these to be used is for kids. These are ideal for them. They are as I said at the beginning, non toxic. As I was leaning over the pieces, there was no offensive odour coming from them, like some markers I’ve used. The markers are a good size for children to hold and the colours are bright and cheerful.

The other packages of markers this company offers, have even more colour choices and sizes of nibs. These can be used on so many surfaces, kids would have a field day making all kinds of art pieces for you.

After playing with the coffee filters, the ink went through to my green cutting mat on the table. I sprayed a little water on the marks, and they washed completely away, clean up is easy. Soap and water clean up if need be. ;o) I also managed to touch my top with the yellow marker. I sprayed with water and blotted the fabric, the colour came completely off.

So I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing about the markers. Once you’ve finished looking over all the information, maybe some videos and checked their website and think you would like to try them yourself, please follow this link to Amazon. CLICK HERE 

I’ve also been given this discount coupon of 15%, for my blog followers to use.  Coupon Code 15OFFINF  (Available on Amazon Only)  Be sure to enter the code exactly as shown. If you have any other concerns or questions, please contact them on their website and they will be happy to help you out. Enjoy…. ;o)





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