HOW TO: Paint with Chalk Markers

Posted by Sara Paredes on

Chalkola Chalk Markers are versatile and easy to use. For starters, you can use them on different types of surfaces and get two results–temporary artworks on non-porous surfaces and permanent artworks on porous ones. Aside from that, you can also paint with them. Yes, you've read that right. Chalkola Chalk Markers can be used for painting artworks on chalkboards, too! Here, we'll show you how to do this unique painting technique and also share helpful tips on applying the chalk ink on the chalkboard!

Materials needed:

Click on the quick and simple video below and let's start painting with chalk markers together!

Steps:

  1. Prepare all your materials. Pick out your chalk marker and give it a good shake.
  1. Press the chalk marker tip on the palette for 3 to 5 times to pump out a good amount of ink.
  2. To combine colors, mix the chalk ink on the palette with your brush.
  3. It’s recommended that you paint by layer and allow the ink to dry first. This will help you determine how many more layers you’ll need to apply to achieve your desired color or thickness. The first layer can also serve as an outline for your artwork. (Check out the tip below to help you decide which method to use–wet brush or dry brush.)
  4. Once the ink is dry on the board, you can start filling in your outline with a second layer of color.
  5. Build up your painting with more layers, or start applying shading and highlights.
  6. For the more solid-toned part of your artwork, use a dry brush to pick up the ink from your palette. This will ensure a more vibrant color application.
  7. For this artwork, we dabbed the ink onto the chalkboard to achieve the bushy leaves effect. It’s satisfying to do, too! Repeat this technique with a lighter color if you want to add some highlights.

Tip: You can choose between two ways to pick up the chalk ink from the palette with your paint brush.

Method 1: Use a wet brush
Dip the brush in water, and then pick up the chalk ink with the wet brush. This method results in a slightly watery ink consistency and a semitransparent color application, and it takes longer to dry.

Method 2: Use a dry brush
Pick up the chalk ink from the palette with a dry brush and apply it directly on your board. This results in a more opaque color and is great for vibrant artworks. Although be mindful when you're layering as the ink dries too quickly using this method.

Cool, right?! You'll definitely have a ton of fun experimenting with different applications and artworks with your Chalkola Chalk Markers!

Find out more about maximizing the colors and ink flow of these amazing markers by checking out this helpful video that we've prepared for you!

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