Decorative chalk are highly versatile and a good option to resort to when one wishes to add colour to their stamped images. These colouring chalks are made from compressed pigment and chalk, capable of recreating a large range of muted colours when applied. Most decorative chalks are non toxic and acid free, meaning to say that they are ideal for projects that rely on long lasting qualities.
Decorative chalk are another design alternative that can be combined with rubber stamps to recreate different results. However, decorative chalks can also be rather tedious to use when one does not take the proper precautions. If you intend to combine rubber stamps and decorative chalk, here are some things basic tips to aid you in the process of doing so:
Basic decorative chalk application is done by rubbing the chalk against your rubber stamped images using applicators like cotton wool swabs, small sponges and more. These can directly influence the colour and shades of the chalk when applied. Dry chalk is less likely to smudge or smear, so there is no need to take care in keeping close to the rubber stamped lines. Rub the applicator over decorative chalk for a few times until you can see a coat of pigmented chalk powder before rubbing it over your rubber stamped image.
Basic applicators that are suitable include cotton wool swabs, cotton wool pieces, and small sponges. If you are looking for special applicators, you can try out small crocodile clip heads to secure the cotton wool- this is especially useful if you are using a lot of colours and need to eliminate the risk of contaminating your colours.
In addition, you can also use stippling brushes since their soft bristles work well in picking up the chalk. You will have better control over stippling brushes so simply dust lightly against the surface area you want the chalk to be applied to.
Decorative chalk can also be applied with the inclusion of water and paint brushes to evoke an effect that is darker, and less muted. Make sure to dip your paint brush into water and rub over the decorative chalk but regularly clean your brush when applying different colour. Refill different water as well since dirty water can leave stains on your decorative chalk. If you are applying intricate details and shapes, use a finer brush for more control.
Decorative chalk are also delightful with rubber stamps that are exposed to clear embossing ink. Take the opportunity while the ink is still wet, to brush chalk over your rubber stamp and stamp it onto the material. This will create an entirely new effect, especially when used with a lot of different colours.
If you wish to achieve different colours, make use of scrap paper and brush different coloured chalk on. Blend them in well to create a different shade.