This week I was lucky enough to receive some Chalkola Chalk Markers to try out. I had heard of this type of marker pen before but never tried them so was excited to see what they were like. At the end of the post, there is a discount code as the makers have been generous enough to give all my readers a 20% discount of any purchase of these marker pens and you don’t want to miss out!
How Chalkola Markers work
These Chalkola Markers are designed to use on non-porous surfaces like glass, mirrors, whiteboards and coated card stock. They need priming before they work this is done by shaking them then repeatedly pressing down on the nib until the ink flows this is pretty straight forward and the first three pens I have tested behaved exactly as expected.
My first test
So the first test was not even planned. Anytime we buy electrical items over the price of £20 we add the date of purchase to the box and it gets stored in the loft for a year. Having just bought an electronic essential oil atomiser I needed to add the date to the box which is black, so the usual pens would not be readable so I grabbed the white marker pen out of its pack and tried that.
As you can see the text is perfectly clear and unless you wash it off it is going to stay put without smudging.
Using Chalkola Markers on a mirror
The next test of the Chalkola Markers was a mirror, as part of my mindfulness routine I have decided to write meaningful comments of the mirror so that each time I look at it I am reminded of my current mission statement. This is the current one:
I quite like the way the angle of the photo makes it look as if the writing is floating in the air. It is not a surprise that I chose purple for one of the sentences being my favourite colour and green is regularly my go to combination partner.
The great thing about these pens is that the writing is temporarily fixed until I wipe it off with a damp cloth. I think I am going to enjoy this new mindfulness project and shall no doubt be composing a collection of suitable phrases. Edit… 4 months later and the same phrase is still there as it has been working so well for me.
Using Chalkola Markers with a stencil
My next project is to sort out a snowflake stencil so that I can use the markers to create some seasonal decorations on my windows for the holidays and of course being chalk based markers I have some ideas for chalkboard style greetings cards.
How I created the Chalkola Marker Snowflakes
I cut the Snowflakes using my ScanNCut. The designs were included in the built-in collection you get with the machine. It took me only about a minute per design to cut them out from some basic cardstock. I then used some plain old sellotape to stick the stencils onto the window. Once they were secured in place I simply had to colour them in.
How Fibro complicated things
I’ll be honest this was the hardest part of the project, not because it was difficult in any way using the Chalkola Markers but because I had to stand up at the window to do the colouring. It took me about thirty minutes to do the three snowflakes and by then my back was breaking and my hand hurting. Let’s be clear without Fibro this would have been a doddle…
The results on the window from the Chalkola Markers
I am really happy with the results, the chalk consistency added to the snow effect although this may be harder to see on the image. As soon as Michael saw them he commented on how good they looked. I have done similar things in the past with various types of snow in cans that you spray on and although they may be quicker to do the quality is simply not as effective.
So having completed my initial three tests I can very much confirm that I really love these marker pens. I would recommend them to other crafters but also very much to Teachers or anyone who needs to use Whiteboard markers. They come in two sets and to get your hand on yours all you have to do is click on the image: (Remember to read below first to save you money!)
The first set of party colours is bright and beautiful whereas the Earth Tones collection as the name would suggest has a softer muted look. I love them both
The makers of Chalkola Markers have very kindly agreed to give all my readers a generous 20% discount. You just need to use Coupon Code – 20OFFSTR
Quick update – after the festive season these came off quickly and easily with a damp cloth. To make life even easier I would suggest using kitchen paper them you can simply throw this away and clean your windows as usual.
Next time I’ll be talking about essential oils and my wonderful new headache cure,
until then crafty hugs,
Disclosure: I was provided with these marker pens for free to review them, I was not paid to review them and all the opinions in this post are my own and I am recommending them based on my own genuine favourable impression.