I love a bit of chalkboard fun with L and I have to write-up a lot of advertising chalkboards for work so when the guys behind Chalkola got in touch about their kids safe, brightly coloured and neatly sized chalkboard markers I was eager to give them a go.
The Chalkola markers are a bit different to your standard sets. They come in different sizes and in an amazing variety of colours. From really vivid and bright to more natural pastels and darker tones.
The markers are great for any kind of non-porous surface. Like of course chalkboard but also windows, those gorgeous chalkboard stick on labels, jars and mirrors.
They haven’t worked so well with the chalkboard I made for L with my chalkboard paint. Chalkola do warn that they probably won’t. As unless you are a genius with chalkboard paint your finished surface won’t be 100% smooth and will be a bit porous, so cleaning is difficult.
Importantly for me the Chalkola markers are non-toxic. Also because they are water based they are easily cleaned away. Just a wipe with a damp cloth, or, as more often the case in my house a wet wipe!
Using the Markers
I’ve been using their 21 Marker Set which comes with 15 beautiful colours of chalkboard markers and a box of 6 metallic marker pens. With a 6mm bullet point tip I have found these really easy to use and have got some great results from them.
They’ve been fun for at home and marking up jars and drawing on windows. They are brilliant at work for creating some great advertising boards.
I’ve also been playing with the 15mm Marker set that contains 8 chunky and bright neon coloured markers. This was the sized chalkboard pen I was used to solely dealing with, so it is easier for me to make comparisons over use with.
The nib was very similar, allowing thick lines and easy space-filling or finer lines if turned on its side. The amount of ink the Chalkola pens contain though was actually a lot higher. So the pens last longer as they are filled up more. Mainly though the difference can be seen in the colour choice, not just primary colours here, oh no!
The excitement when I bought them into work so we could improve our chalkboard designs was palpable! More than 5 colours to choose from, mind-blowing. Easy to clean, so much time and elbow grease saved. I don’t know what the brand we had been using was but my word would they take some scrubbing to get clean. Actually having smaller pens so we didn’t have to resort to pumping chalk out of the big pens onto a plate and painting it on, genius.
Because these are so much easier to use and clean away we are now updating our signs weekly. Compared to only doing it when we absolutely had to. We are also being far more creative.
On first use the pens take a bit of pumping to get the ink flowing but after this you can use them as you would a normal pen. They just need a good shake if you haven’t used them for a bit to make sure everything is mixed up well inside.
Oddly, I have found the liquid chalk from the finer markers a lot easier to wipe away than that from the big chunky ones. I don’t know if they use a slightly different mix, or, if the overall coverage from the big markers is just thicker, so needs more wiping. This has left me favouring the finer markers though. Plus they are a bit easier to hold and draw with anyway.
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Good luck x
Disclosure – I was gifted my products in return for an honest review. Chalkola are also kindly providing the prize.