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Chalkboard Art Tools

I made my chalkboard art piece for Orange Karinderia last December and I’ve been eager to make another one using different chalkboard art tools so I can experiment with other materials. I planned to make a smaller piece since the last piece was about the size of a poster. I wanted something that we could put at the start of a buffet table or snack corner during parties, workshops, and events.

Eat Drink and Be Merry Chalkboard Art

Eat Drink and Be Merry

I chose “Eat Drink and Be Merry” since it was one of my favorite phrases. I like how this version of the expression gives a very welcoming message to guests. I made my initial sketch on paper then transferred the design on the chalkboard by lightly tracing it.

I didn’t want to order the popular chalk pencils I saw online since I really wanted to make the piece immediately so I decided to go to Art Friend at Plaza Singapura and asked the shop assistant whether they have any chalk pencils in stock. She pointed me to the Cretacolor White Chalk Pencil. I just snapped it up together with the small chalk board. I didn’t want to make my own chalk board using chalk paint since this is just an experimental project and I didn’t want to invest in so many materials.

Hoechstmass Chalk vs Creatacolor White Chalk Pencil Chalkboard Art Tools

Hoechstmass Tailor’s Chalk vs Creatacolor White Chalk Pencil

Lex and I were discussing how to do this project the night before I bought the supplies and he mentioned that maybe tailoring chalk would work so I went to Sing Mui Heng, which is a sewing and jewelry supply shop at People’s Park Centre, to look for some tailor’s chalk that would work with this project. I saw the Hoechstmass Catridge Chalk Set and decided to try it since I also have a sewing project I wanted to try and I knew the it would not go to waste.

Testing Phase: Chalkboard Art Tools

I tested both chalk materials on black paper and on the chalk board since I wanted to see how both performed using different surfaces. I have been planning on incorporating chalk art with calligraphy in another project.

Brand Derwent Black Paper Generic Chalk Board
Hoechstmass Tailor’s Chalk ($12)  - Looked greasy however it did not write a solid white line but writes easily. - Worked better for filling in the design since it gave a solid fill.
Creatacolor White Chalk Pencil ($2.50) - Wrote solid white markings on paper. Worked best on paper. - Worked better for outlining the design since it wrote a solid line but was more difficult to use when filling larger areas.

Conclusion

With the generic chalk board, a combination of both the Hoechtmass and the Cretacolor pencil worked best to produce the fine lines. I don’t think that using just one brand would have given me the effect that I wanted since each material served a specific purpose as discussed in the table above. Using the pencils were definitely a thousand times easier than using a regular stick of chalk but for larger pieces you might want to outline using the Hoechtmass Tailor’s Chalk then fill in with the middle portion with regular chalk sticks.

Eat Drink and Be Merry Chalkboard Art

My Precious

I am so happy with the final piece that I don’t think I would erase it. Time to get another chalk board. I’ll be fixing it permanently with a spray solution. I didn’t like how hairspray reacted in the Save Room for Dessert piece so I will be trying either a fixative spray used for calligraphy that I’ve been eyeing on or a matte spray paint recommended by Minifanfan. I’ll write another post about it when I decide which spray to buy.

Please leave a comment below if you have any recommendations for chalkboard art tools or if you would like to share your own chalk art projects. We would love to hear from you.

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Save Room for Dessert Chalk Art

A few weeks ago, we finally had the chance to eat at Orange Karinderia at La Guardia Street in Lahug, Cebu City. Our family had been raving about this place for a long time but, because of our busy schedule whenever we’re in town, we haven’t had the chance to go until last December. My brother is crazy about Betsy’s Chicken while I just love the crispy-but-melt-in-your-mouth Ginabot.

Mikko Pato Orange Karenderia

By Mikko Pato

The cool chalk art on display is actually the work of Mikko Pato, one of the owners. I just love how the display adds character and charm to the restaurant. I was honored when they asked me to do a board for the restaurant. I was asked to incorporate the text “Save room for dessert” on the piece.

Concept

Sketch Concept

One of their best sellers is the Brazo de Cups which is Brazos de Mercedes served in a cup. I decided to represent the meringue with flourishing and make sure that the distinct shape of the dessert is captured in the design.

Transferring the Design

I drafted the design on the chalk board using light strokes to place the major components before going over and filling-in the design. An easier way to transfer the design would be to use a projector to flash the design on the board and just trace over it.

Working with Chalk

Chalk is so much fun and easy to work with. I used Q-tips soaked in water to erase small sections from the board. It is also a good way to sharpen the edge of the design if needed.

Sealing the Board with Hairspray

I wanted to use a clear matte based sealant like Kryon so that it doesn’t smudge easily but I couldn’t find any aerosol-based sealant available locally so I did some research. I knew that some calligraphers use hairspray to seal their work and wondered whether it would also work for chalk. When I checked online, it turns out hairspray is widely used to to seal chalk art so I bought a can of Dove hairspray and tested it on a piece of card. It prevented smudging but it also caused tiny bits of chalk powder on the lines to drop off.

You need to mist the spray at least a foot away from the piece. If you apply too much hairspray you could end up blowing off some of the chalk at it will look patchy. The chalk color looked dull while the hairspray was wet, but once it dried up the chalk color became vibrant again.

Chalk Art Harispray

After applying hairspray

After cleaning up and reapplying chalk over my design, the hairspray actually acted as a good base for the chalk and I managed to get more vibrant and crisp lines.

The downside to using hairspray is that it leaves a shiny spot on sections where the hairspray is concentrated. You can remove this by soaking cotton in water and gently wiping the hairspray away.

Finished Piece

Finished Piece

I’m happy with how the final piece turned out. There were some frustrating moments when the the hairspray reacted with the chalk piece but going over it with chalk saved the day.