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What about that stain? – Reusing Surfaces

April 24, 2021

Chalk Couture boutique and couture surfaces are easily re-used. They wash off easily, leaving a completely clean surface. That doesn’t mean you can’t re-design other surfaces. They just take a bit more work. Of course, I am a lazy crafter so when I washed the holiday design off my metal tray, I was left with … Read more

Chalkology Paste

Using Chalk Couture Chalkology Paste: The Most Important Thing

January 4, 2021

Using Chalk Couture Chalkology paste is pretty foolproof. There is only really one thing to know before you start. Your paste should be the consistency of stirred sour cream. So stir it, add distilled water if it is too dry and repeat that until you get the consistency right. If you get it too wet, … Read more

5 Ways to Keep Paste from Drying

5 Ways to Keep Chalk Paste from Drying

October 27, 2020

Here are 5 ways to keep chalk paste from drying. It is one of the few things that can go wrong with a design and is only really an issue when working with very large transfers. If your chalk paste dries on the screen before you lift the transfer, the paste can lift with it. … Read more

A Day of Fixing Mistakes – What About That Hex?

October 18, 2020

It was a day of fixing mistakes here. It is rare that I have mistakes that need fixing because with chalk, you can just wipe mistakes away and start over. But every once in awhile, things come together in a way that makes something seem un-fixable. That was the case with this hex design. I … Read more

Cutting My Losses – The Lesson of My Vertical Blinds

October 13, 2020

I am cutting my losses with my vertical blinds. I have an old set of vertical blinds on a set of 3 floor to ceiling windows looking out on the back deck. They are old but very high quality and recently I cleaned them. I am reluctant to replace them because the plan is to … Read more

How to Heat Set Chalk Couture Ink on Glass

October 6, 2020

To heat set ink on glass, you must use glass that can be set in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Chalk Couture’s published instructions are: Wait for the ink to dry before putting your project in the oven. Also, wait for the oven to heat before placing your project inside. Heat in … Read more

Gallery vs Boutique Surfaces

The Difference Between Gallery & Boutique Surfaces – Chalk Couture

September 18, 2020

Both the Gallery and the Boutique Chalk Couture surfaces are beautiful and easy to work with. They are designed to work with Chalkology paste. I am often asked what the differences are and there are a few, but one of them is not quality. Both are high quality chalking surfaces. Boutique surfaces have shallow dimension … Read more

Paste & Peel Technique

The Paste & Peel Technique & When to Use it

August 31, 2020

The paste & peel technique is useful when you are pasting a large transfer or when you are pasting multiple colours on a design. Chalk paste dries quite quickly. The more time you need to work with the transfer while there is paste in the screen, the better chance you will get paste lifting off … Read more

How to Heat Set Ink on Fabric

How to Heat Set Chalk Couture Ink on Fabric

August 21, 2020

You can heat set ink on fabric with an iron or with a heat press.  You must heat set ink to make your design permanent on fabric. Basic Instructions for How to Heat Set Ink on Fabric with an Iron 1. Let the ink completely dry before heat setting. I prefer to let it sit … Read more

Chalk Couture Squeegees

All About Chalk Couture Squeegees!

June 14, 2020

Updated August 3, 2020. Chalk Couture squeegees fall into the Accessories category of the online catalogue. You have 6 choices. Here are the ones I use most and why. 1. Small Squeegee $6.99 This is my go-to squeegee. I use it for everything. To me, it is the perfect size. It fits nicely in my … Read more

10 Essential Supplies

10 Essential Supplies for Your Chalking Hobby

April 6, 2020

Here are 10 essential supplies you will want to consider for your craft room if you have taken up chalking as a new hobby. I have a basic supply list for chalking posted but it focuses on the Chalk Couture supplies you will need. This list is items you cannot purchase from Chalk Couture and … Read more

What You Need to Start Inking – Basic Supply List

April 2, 2020

To start inking, there is a small list of basic supplies you will need. It really is one of the easiest and fun ways to craft with fabric and glass. All you need is an iron, parchment paper, surface, ink, ink mat, squeegee, and transfer. If you find you are inking a lot, there is … Read more

What You Need to Start Chalking – Basic Supply List

March 30, 2020

To start chalking, there is a very small list of basic supplies. It really is one of the easiest crafts to start. All you need is a surface, chalk paste, squeegee and transfer. If you find you are chalking a lot, there is another list of tools that you will find useful, but that is … Read more

Ink on Mug

Using Ink on Non-Fabric Surfaces

March 27, 2020

When using Chalkology Ink on non-fabric surfaces, you make the design permanent by heat setting in the oven. You can use ink on surfaces that you cannot heat set in your oven but the design will not be permanent. It can wash or wear off. You can heat set ceramics, cookware and many types of … Read more

Chalkology Paste on Paper – Egg Hunt Invite

March 24, 2020

You can use Chalkology Paste on paper with a little bit of preparation. The key is that you do not want the paper to stick to the transfer in a way that you can’t remove it. Use card stock or thicker paper for cutouts or cards. Try butcher’s paper for cutouts. Fuzz the transfer a … Read more

Boots & Bling

Experimenting with Glitter – Boots & Bling

March 18, 2020

I wanted to try experimenting with glitter on chalk paste and what better transfer to try but Boots & Bling? It kind of sounds like it is calling for glitter. I had a board from the Board & Pillar Stand that was extra. I am going to use the stand with one of the house … Read more

5 Tips for Ink

5 Tips for Using Chalk Couture Ink

March 15, 2020

Here are 5 tips for using Chalk Couture ink. If you are familiar with using Chalkology Paste, there are a few differences. Paste is kid-friendly because it is made with natural ingredients and is water soluble. It is removable and cleans easily with warm water. It is great for boards that you want to change … Read more

Chalk Studio

How to Care for Chalk Couture Transfers

January 29, 2020

I am often asked how to care for Chalk Couture transfers and while there is a lot of information out there, here is what I have found to be the best steps. Step 1 When the transfer is opened, before you remove it from the backer sheet, flip it over and label the back side … Read more

Paste Durability

To Seal Chalk Paste or Not to Seal

November 3, 2019

One common question I am asked is whether or not to seal chalk paste projects. The answer is that it is a completely personal choice. I never seal chalk paste. Although Chalkology paste is washable, to remove it, you need to wet AND wipe. This allows you to change your designs on your surfaces whenever … Read more

Victorian Skull Pillow

Victorian Skull Pillow For Chae

September 12, 2019

I made this Victorian Skull Pillow for Chae for Christmas. She wanted this transfer on a t-shirt but I could not bring myself to make that. I think she is a little young to be walking around with skulls on her shirts. LOL! But a throw pillow for her room? That is a whole different … Read more