How to Use Chalk Ink


Chalk ink combines all of the advantages of chalk and traditional ink with none of the disadvantages. You can use chalk ink markers to decorate almost any surface, including slick surfaces like plastic or glass. Unlike paint markers, they don’t smear after application. Instead, the ink dries into a matte finish similar to chalk. You can use chalk ink to decorate windows and mirrors for the holidays or to write messages to family members on the refrigerator; it comes off easily with a damp cloth.

Things You'll Need

  • Chalk ink markers
  • Paper, chalkboard, other surfaces
  • Activate your chalk ink markers by removing the cap and pressing the tip against a piece of scrap paper. Push down until the marker tip retracts into the marker. Repeat several times until the marker tip is saturated with ink; it will be brightly colored when saturated.

  • Write with chalk ink markers by making large, sweeping motions. Your letters should be at least an inch tall and simply shaped. Use 6 mm markers to make smaller letters and 8 to 10 mm markers to make headings and eye-catching signs.

  • Create blended color pictures by drawing the outline first with 6 mm markers. Working quickly, so the ink stays wet enough for the colors to mix, use 15 mm markers to add shading in darker colors to your work. Fill in the rest of the picture with 15 mm markers in lighter colors. Use the tip of your lighter colored markers to blend the light colors with the dark.

  • Keep your wrist straight while you draw with chalk ink. This prevents the ink from creating puddles and blotching.

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