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.
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.
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.|
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.
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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