Thursday, November 6, 2014

Liquid Chalkers Review

I love playing with art supplies. One class I teach is called Art Media Techniques. That's all we do...is play with art supplies.

One thing is true at work, I'm the go to person for art materials. We all have our perks, and weaknesses. I'm not the go to person for computer technical problems.

I was super excited to review Liquid Chalkers by Paper & Twine.

About Liquid Chalkers:

They work great on mirrors, chalkboards, windshields, whiteboards, glass windows, art projects, ceramics and more!

Every surface is different, so you have to experiment first. It's best to use on a non-porous surface. That's not to say that they won't work on a porous surface. What I found is that they just don't wipe off of a porous surface.



Getting Started:

  1. Shake the Liquid Chalkter you want to use.

  2. Depress the tip of the chalker until the chalk flows to the tip. You'll be able to see it start to wick into the tip. I did this over a scrap paper to make sure it didn't flow into a spot I didn't want it.

  3. Then have fun using it.

  4. If you mess up, or want to remove the media just wipe it away with a wet cloth. If you want it permanently down for an art project you can spray it with Crystal Clear, or a similar acrylic spray. I sprayed my projects, and the spray did not make the chalk run, or disappear. 
Project: Christmas Tags for Presents

I bought little tiny 4"x4" canvases at the art supply store. They came primed with black Gesso.

On the computer I found a font I liked, and edited it in Illustrator.

I printed it, rubbed pencil on the back of the paper, traced the letters, which transferred the letters to the canvas.

Then I used the Liquid Chalkers over the pencil. You can see the green worked contrast better than the red. I still like the red in person though.

I had to make sure I found a font I liked for "E". Most of their names start with "E".



 

Here are my boy's larger, so you can see better what they look like: 



The Liquid Chalkers are great because if you mess up, you just get a wet rag, and wipe it off. It has a slight smell, it's not strong, or toxic.

I didn't mess up when writing their names. I did however mess up when I was putting the snow on the bottom. Actually Isaak touched it, and traveled it to the back background. It cleaned up so nice!

I added snow looking buttons, 1 small piece of ribbon for their scarfs, and another tied ribbon on top. Cut toothpicks are their little stick hands. Fingernail trimmers work great for cutting toothpicks. Felt pieces were used for their hats. All the pieces were hot glued.

I was worried about the Liquid Chalkers smudging. They didn't. Just to be on the safe side - I wanted to fix the type, so if the packages did get near water, or snow at some point in time they'd be protected.

You can get a can of Crystal Clear, or Matte Spray in any art or craft store. It's a clear acrylic spray. I used Matte Spray. Now the chalk is safely protected.


Liquid Chalkers come in a set of 8. They were $29.99, and on sale for $18.99. I'm not sure how they will hold up long term. I just haven't had them long enough to know if they will dry out, or not. I do wish they had different ends - thin tip on one side, and thicker tip on the other. I imagine that a thin tip would get clogged easily though.

Overall I enjoyed using Liquid Chalkers. I even took them in to show my students.

I have not tried other liquid chalks. I really have nothing to compare these to. They are dust free, which is great for someone that has allergies.

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7 comments:

Ai Sakura said...

I love the adorable Christmas tags you made! We usually use liquid chalk just to play around on the windows but this is a great idea too

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Masshole Mommy said...

Those sound pretty cool. The stuff you made with them came out awesome.

Theresa Mahoney said...

Those tags are fabulous! I have never heard of liquid chalks, but they sure do look like a lot of fun to use!

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Those name tag snowmen turned out great. I like making things like this to use as name tags... then, they can hang it on their tree if they want

~ Noelle said...

I love the tags. SO CUTE...
I would have fun with these, but not really sure what I would use them on :)

Erin @ Her Heartland Soul said...

This looks so cool!

Dana Zucker said...

Perfect fun gift for kids and adults

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