By Sara Naumann, Hot Off the Press
Chalking is a super way to add a touch of color to your scrapbook page the subtle color can transform a piece of patterned paper into a three-dimensional work of art. Even better, its easy to do and inexpensive!
Never used chalk before? Have a set but dont know quite how to use the chalk? We turned to the scrapbook specialists at Hot Off The Press for tips, techniques and ideas on chalking.
Opt for photo-safe decorating chalks like those from Craft-T Productsthey contain extra, concentrated pigment and are acid-free. Because chalks can break, use care when handling them. Dont throw away any broken pieces thoughthey can still be used. Store and protect your chalks in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid. Included with most chalk sets are sponge applicators; clean eye shadow sponge applicators or cotton swabs may also be used for application.
Before You Get Started:
Practice adding and blending colors on a separate sheet before applying chalk to a cutout; learn what colors work well together and what shades you can achieve. Use a light touch for a soft look or apply chalk more heavily for intense color. For the fluffy look of a snowman, Santas beard or a teddy bears soft fur, use a circular motion when applying the chalk.
Samples with Instructions:
Pretty Little Piggie - Focus: Shading
Wicked Witch Hat - Focus: Highlighting
Charming Christmas Tree - Focus: Penwork
You can blend colors two different ways: on the cutout, or on the applicator itself.
If you happen to make a mistake, an artists white plastic eraser will remove any excess chalk without leaving any marks, and will also clean up any stray chalk marks or mistakes. Chalk may also be added again after erasing.
Setting Your Work
To keep the chalk from smearing or migrating, use an acid-free spray fixative such as Blair No Odor Spray Fixative. Never use hairspray to seal your chalks, as it is not photo safe and may discolor your photos and pages over time.