I have been long coveting chalk pens after starting to try my hand at hand lettering so when I got the chance to get my little creative mitts on some Chalkola chalk markers, I jumped at the chance!
As December has crept up on me somewhat sneakily, I am a little behind in my Christmas present planning. So having some new pens to play with is going to go one of two ways:
- I get mega productive with them and get creative with my chalk markers
- I spend all my time playing with the marker pens, drawing on my white board and every other suitable surface and get nothing else done
We will have to see how it goes. I’m hoping for option 1 as I realised there is only 4 weeks to the Christmas!! Eep!
Anyway, when I answered the door to the postman yesterday expecting another parcel for the neighbours, I was so excited when I realised it was for me. So much so, that I opened it immediately, got the camera ready and started to prep the pens. (think minutes!!)
As they are new pens, I had to get them started. If you’re around my age (34), you’ll remember the gold markers that came out around Christmas time in school and Brownies where you had to push the nib into the pen to get them going. These work in exactly the same way and only take about 20 presses to get the ink flowing – more than quick enough for me to get going.
The best thing about the Chalkola chalk markers is that they are low odour so my cats were able to hang around while I was using them – so they are perfect if you have kids too. Oh and they are water based and washable.
I was about to start doodling on the windows when I remembered that I have some Ikea glass plates (80p!) which would be perfect for playing with.
It started with a doodle
Like any new pens, the best thing I could think of was to do a bit of doodling (well, after writing my name and how many cats I have, of course – see the video!) and I really enjoyed how smooth they were to write with. It make curves and swirls nice and easy to make on the plate.
From there I started to get a bit more creative!
I started thinking of ways that I could use the chalk markers to decorate the plates for Christmas or Easter or Birthdays! With them being wet wipe for removal, they will stay in place for long amounts of time and only come off when you want them to. So I thought that welcome signs or the Wifi password for the guest room and the ideas flowed from there.
It looks so good that I placed it in our vestibule on what I like to call my ‘Instagram Shelves’ – basically somewhere to display stuff that would otherwise be hidden away in boxes really. I think it looks nice and can imagine a Christmas design or an Easter one there as the seasons change.
Easy to start again!
Having used all manner of markers in the past, I was pleased to see that these are so easy to clean up (I even got the colour on my desk and it wiped off easily too) All you need is a damp cloth and that is it!
In the process of playing with the chalk markers on the plates, I suddenly realised that they would be perfect for my home organisation whiteboard in the kitchen. I always need something that will last on the glass – especially if I’m doing a bit of pressure cooking as the steam can play havoc with may pens. (I’ve not tried it yet, but I am about to make some vegan Doner so t will be a good test!)
I am seriously loving how nice the bright colours look on my board! They (well some!) are definitely going in the kitchen pen pot.
After playing with these Chalkola chalk markers for a few hours, I am hooked. I love how smoothly they go on and that they write on the wall too. Oh and the lovely colours!! I already have great plans for them for the edible Christmas presents that I have planned because writing on the glass Kilner jars and bottles will look lovely and give it that hand finished touch.
I even thought about it being a great way to share the wifi password for the spare room – easily updated every time we change the password too.
Check out my video for the demonstration and to see more closely how it looks – and my first opinions too! The only downside I have found to them so far is that some of the lids stay on the pen when in use and others don’t – but as you’ll see in the video, it could just be because I’m being whimpy!
If you fancy grabbing yourself some, they are a great price and you can get them straight from Amazon Prime (if you use the links below, I also get a few pence from the sale too – handy for feeding my new pen habit!)
Aaaaand, I have a discount code for you too! Pop 20OFFSTR into the coupon box and get 20% discount on all Chalkola products!
Clock on the image below to buy from Amazon, £12.95 for the 10 Party Colours and £9.95 for the 8 Earth Colour set
These are child safe – water based – non toxic – washes from clothes – low odor – acid free – xylene free – quick dry – long lasting.
I think as far as markers go, these are some of the best that I have found. I know I have a tendency to get pen on my clothes somewhere (this time only on the cats’ Zafu) so I am glad that they wash out.
To find out more about Chalkola and their other product ranges, check out thier website: http://www.chalkola.com/
I am looking forward to using them in my Christmas present creation and of course, I’ll let you know what I’m up to in some other arty blog posts!
What do you reckon to the pens? Have you tried them or other chalk markers before?
Let me know in the comments below 🙂