The lovely people at Chalkola recently sent me a selection of their Chalk Markers to play with and I’m excited to show you what I created with them! To begin with, I tested the markers out on some black paper (if you have been following along with my Meet the Maker posts on Instagram you might recognise these doodles!). I was very impressed with how well they covered, even on the porous paper.
Chalk markers work best on non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, ceramic and plastic so they’re perfect for decorating craft blanks and for doodled window decoration. They’re also great for kids as they are odourless, water-based and will wash off clothing! You could give a pack of markers to the kids and let them doodle all over a window, they’ll wash off windows (and kids!) just with water.
With Easter round the corner I decided to make the most of the pretty, springlike colours of the markers and decorate some Easter decorations. I ordered a handful of ceramic hanging eggs from Hobbycraft and got to work!
Initially, my intention was to plan out the designs and patterns for each egg but after trying a couple of floral doodles to play with the colours I got a bit carried away and just went for it, making up the patterns as I went along!
The markers worked wonderfully on the eggs, I was initially a bit worried that they wouldn’t take very well as the ceramic was unglazed and the surface was pretty absorbent but the markers covered perfectly and I was able to layer the colours on top of each other easily.
I had intended to varnish the eggs after I finished decorating them but I’ve decided to leave them as they are as the matte finish looks great and the finished doodles aren’t smudging or rubbing off.
I really enjoyed this project and getting stuck into some hands-on crafting! If you’re looking for a spring or Easter craft to do with your kids grab yourself some chalk markers and some ceramic eggs and get doodling! The eggs I used are approximately 8cm (3 inches) which is a great size for kids and adults alike and the finished eggs look lovely hanging together. This would be a great project to do every spring and something that all the family would work on together. This technique is also virtually mess-free!
Many thanks to Chalkola for introducing me to these versatile markers, I already have plans to use them on some doodled Christmas baubles and a BIG Halloween window display later in the year!