CHALKING TECHNIQUE and TIPS
In the article “Chalk It Up!” we learn the basics of what chalking is and what to acquire in the way of supplies. You want to pay particular attention to the “Beginner’s Primer” in that article. Starting out right will be most helpful.
A couple of reminders about chalk as you begin to embellish your pages:
- Accept the fact that chalk is messy. It can and does get on most everything in the general proximity of your work. So, if you don’t want chalk on something, we suggest you move it or work in another area.
- Be sure to clean your hands frequently as chalk will cling to them too.
- While you can use artist’s pastels, you should try to stay with chalk. That having been said, there are some colors you may only find in pastels . . . but remember you can blend colors to make the right color you’re after.
- Use only one applicator (the applicator that comes with your chalk; make-up applicator, foam and cotton balls). Be aware, too, that applicators like cotton balls can leave strands on your work. You may be able to brush them off lightly, or use a pair of tweezers to remove them.
- Keep your chalk eraser hand for taking care of mistakes . . . and you’ll have them.
- Porous papers, card stock and vellum work best because they absorb the chalk better.
You can add color to objects that are missing them–like skin tone to paper copies of black and white photos, or add a little blush to cheeks.
Outlining punches and die cuts, and don’t forget highlighting your embossing, will help lift them up on your page. The choice to chalk an embellishment before or after gluing them to your page is up to you. If you want the chalk to spill off your item onto the page, it’s best to glue the item first.
When applying chalk start with lighter colors first. You will find it easier to add chalk to deepen the color than to remove chalk to lighten.
Using templates with chalk is easy, and a great way to add embellishment to pages. Alphabet templates are especially useful, but then most templates can help you add special effects and feelings. Be sure to clean them after each use (RULE: Chalk gets all over!!!!!)
To help fix the chalk to your pages you can place another absorbent sheet of paper on top of your chalked item, page or card and rub it firmly to get rid of excess chalk. Turning the page over onto the clean sheet (make sure your items are glued to your page before turning it over or they’ll fall off) may help too.
- We recommend using a fixative to help ensure your finished chalk stays where you want it.
- As an option, you could use plastic sheet protectors for your chalked pages. If you use these protectors for most all pages then you have the problem somewhat solved. Remember the rule: Chalk can get all over.
Don’t be afraid to experiment a little. Using chalk with rubber stamps and embossing, as previously noted, can add glamor to your pages and cards. Expand your horizons and do something new and different.
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