Chalk Guide {what chalk to use on chalkboards}

Happy Friday! I'm on my way to downtown, but I wanted to leave you with a chalk guide. I love all things chalkboard and chalk. It's just so fun to me. If I could, I would have an entire chalk wall. Unfortunately for now I'm stuck with making chalkboards. I made one here and most recently made a chalkboard easel, that was really cheap and easy to make. Today I'm going to be sharing the different types of chalk you can use on your chalkboards. As well as the positives and negatives of both.

 This is probably my least favorite. I threw it out a week after I bought it.  I know they have different types of  chalk marker (fine, chisel, chunky). I bought the "regular" one at Michaels. This gives you the  best  look. Its like drawing with a marker. It doesn't give you a chalk look, its more of a fine marker look . What I didn't like  hated about it, was that it doesn't fully come off. I still have residue on my (new) chalkboard. So I would definitely not recommend using this unless its for a permanent board. Although it does wipe off within a few minutes of using it. I might have just left it too long. It was a few days. 
This is a picture of what the marker looks like. The nicely written fine parts are in marker. 

The chalk pencil is my second favorite. It works like a led pencil. I bought this one at Joann's. Its a fine chalk and It's good for drawing and writing. The downside, it erases easily and can be hard to see. You have to get the chalk at the right angle in order for it to write. But it gives you a lot of freedom if  you're good with a pencil.

You can also use a fabric pencil (if its chalk). I feel like they work the same way.

Jumbo chalk or sidewalk chalk. I know this chalk can be hard to write with but it comes in handy if you use this technique to draw on your chalkboards.
Regular chalk is my favorite to use and the easiest in my opinion. I like the size and the look that it gives. This one is good if you have good penmanship (which I do not).

I was going to give different samples of the chalk but I think you get the idea and I'm sure you have seen most of these. I just wanted to share some pros and cons of the different types.

If you're having a hard time figuring out how people make those beautiful chalk images these links will help. Here is a technique, which I think is the easiest (also shared above). Here is one on fake calligraphy. Here is a harder, more time consuming one, but I think the technique is good.

Hope you enjoy! If you have any questions feel free to comment or email me, or if you have any other ideas on how to do it, please share!

Have a great weekend :)

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Rachel said...

Yay, I like this. I used to do the chalk boards at Starbucks, and we used those pens. I'm excited to try the other ones!

Anonymous said...

I love chalkboards! This is great information.

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