Chalks are wonderful
for blending colors and achieving soft
pastel effects. They can be used for
shading in areas, creating backgrounds,
coloring in a stamped design, etc.
O W T O U S E
Chalks: Apply the colors using your finger, a cosmetic
sponge, crunched up paper towel or a soft brush. Reapply
chalk until the desired intensity of color is achieved.
Stray marks can be erased with an art eraser.
Colors: For shaded areas begin with the lightest color,
moving to the darker, blending the edges of one color directly
over another to achieve a third color. There are endless
possibilities for colors and blends.
Finishing Your Project: If desired, use a spray fixative
when finished to keep chalk from smearing. This will also
deepen the colors and add sheen.
E C H N I Q U E S
Chalk art makes a wonderful background for stamped projects.
For a streaked background, such as a sunset or sunrise,
start near the center of the card and streak the colors
outward. Combine several colors. Pull your finger or a
sponge from the center out to the edge. Apply one color
at a time, spacing the streaks as desired and then blend
colors. Stamp the scenery elements on afterwards. (You
may find matte finish paper to be the best choice for
blending chalk colors.) An alternative for this technique
is to cut a mask, covering the center area of the card.
The streaks will appear to radiate from a center white
and water can be combined for a pastel background effect.
Apply chalk in one or more colors randomly to the paper.
Using a wet rag or sponge, pull and blend the chalked
areas as desired. This technique is an excellent way to
add color to freezer paper that will be used for gift
wrap or gift bags. Once the background is dry, it can
be stamped over, and it does not require spray fixative
to remain in place.
background: Put about an inch of water into a pan slightly
bigger than your card, With a knife, scrape chalk dust
of several colors onto the surface of the water. Lower
the paper flat onto the surface of the water to pick up
the color, immediately lifting the card back out of the
water. Allow to dry flat. If your paper develops puckers,
it can be ironed to flatten it back out.
ON DARK PAPER: Create stunning cards using dark paper.
Stamp and emboss a stamp using white or metallic
embossing powder onto dark colored cardstock. Color the inside areas with a heavy application
of chalk, achieving a suede-like texture. Silhouette Paper can also be used to get the most contrast.
WITH THE BLENDER PEN: Chalk colors can be beautifully
blended with the blender
pen, which also "sets" the chalk, eliminating the need
for spray fixative.
E C H N I Q U E E X A M P L E S
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