I thought that I would write this guide because the one craft topic I get asked about the most is about how to use blending chalks and projects that can be completed with them. Seeing as I stock them and have used them a little in my own crafting I thought I would impart a little of what I have discovered to like minded crafters.
I have put in the link above so that you can have a look at the blending chalks if you wish.
OK now to the nitty gritty. I am going to talk about using the Dovecraft Blending Chalk Palettes which are the ones that I use in my own crafting. There are usually 16 shades in each palette plus a wooden tool with a clip plus some cotton wool style pom pom applicators in different sizes. The tool plus pom poms help you to apply the chalks to your projects. Here are some of the ways I have used the chalks in my own crafting projects. All these ideas would transfer between different papercrafting projects eg cards, ATC's, scrapbooking pages, altered projects and so on. Size of project is no barrier when chalking.
- Dry embossing - chalks are ideal for picking out and colouring a dry embossed design. Dry embossing is when you use an embossing stencil and tool and basically create an embossed or debossed image. This usually looks better on pearlised card or paper stock but it not always possible. When done on white or plain card stock the dry embossed image looks fabulous when details are coloured in with the chalks. For example if you dry embossed a flower you could pick out the leaves and stem in a green shade and the flower in pink.
- With an embossing stencil - you can use the same embossing stencil as a template and instead of picking out the image with an embossing tool you can fill in the image with chalks. Eg using the flower image from above you could actually chalk the stem and leaves green and the flower pink and, when removed, a beautiful image remains already coloured but not embossed.
- As a background colour - I use this if I don't have quite the right paper or card to create a background for a card or a photo or an ATC. The beauty is you can add whatever colour is right for the project and the amount that suits what you are doing. You just add until you are happy with the effect which means anything goes. Try chalking on card stock with different finishes eg hammered, linen, leather look, marbled and so on and you will get some magical effects. Try different colour combinations too with these and you will get a real range of effects.
- In rubber stamping - of course you could colour in a stamped image with chalks but why stop there. You really need a Versamark clear ink pad for this next idea. Choose your stamp and use the clear Versamark pad. Stamp your image and you will be left with a clear but tacky image. Smudge chalks over the stamped image using cotton wool, taking care to add only a small amount each time and building up gradually as you can't take chalk away but you can still add it. The secret is to do it in a controlled way. You will be left with a beautifully coloured in image. This then could be applied to a background stamp to make your own background paper for a project.
Using chalks is great because they add so much to a crafting project. They can really add some definition and texture which can really add something extra special to your hard work!!
Tips for using Chalks
- Use them sparingly and in a controlled way so that you don't add too much chalk. You can always add more but cannot remove it.
- Try using them with your finger, cotton bud, cotton wool ball for different effects and try mixing colours together.
- This is the most important one to remember of all. Chalk does not adhere to your project - it is just rubbed on. If you want the chalking to last on the project you need to fix it. You can buy a special product to fix it but there is really no need. All you need is a cheap aerosol can of hairspray. Spray a fine mist all over your work, let it dry and your chalking will be preserved on the project. You must use hairspray from an aerosol can and not a pump action type - this is too wet and will cause your chalk to bleed and run off.
I hope this has been helpful for you and gives you a starting point to using chalks. All you need is a set and some imagination to find new ways of using them.