How to Use Blending Chalks

Posted on January 27, 2015 in Hints, Tips, & Tricks, Product Reviews by Katie Oskin

How to Use Blending Chalks

How to Use Blending Chalks on Polymer Clay by KatersAcres

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What Are Blending Chalks?

How to Use Blending Chalks on Polymer Clay by KatersAcresBlending chalks are just that, chalks that are blendable. Chalks can be used on a variety of surfaces, including polymer clay. Their color can be easily applied with a brush, sponge tip applicator, or even cotton swabs.

Blending chalks will cling onto the surface of the clay and add a very nice & subtle wash of color, in the same way that soft pastels can do for polymer clay. While blending chalks are not a permanent color solution for polymer clay, once a piece is sealed the color will be steadfast. Because these chalks tend to be pigment rich, they are easily blendable with buildable color properties that I absolutely love.

Because I make whimsical figurines, blending chalks are an everyday work-horse for me. In fact, my blending chalks are used so much that they sit right next to my work surface.

How to Use Blending Chalks

How to Use Blending Chalks on Polymer Clay by KatersAcresBlending chalks can be easily and quickly applied to polymer clay. There are many ways to use them, but here are some of my favorite ways:

  • On a soft, real hair brush. When you place the color on a small soft haired brush, it can easily provide a slight wash of pure color (there is generally no mica in pure blending chalks) or buildable color.
  • On a cotton swab. When I want to add just a round “dot” of color, I gently twist a cotton swab directly in the pan of the chalk. Using a gentle motion, I lightly “dot” the surface of the clay as many times as needed until full color is achieved.
  • On your fingers. Sometimes the coolest color effects can be achieved by taking a wet finger and rubbing the surface of the blending chalk block and then rubbing my finger over a stamped design.

Have you ever used blending chalks? What’s your favorite way to use them on polymer clay? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Inkadinkado Blending Chalk Palette Review

How to Use Blending Chalks on Polymer Clay by KatersAcresFor those of you who have joined me here on my blog before, you have likely seen a picture of my Inkadinkado Blending Chalk Palette. It’s one of my favorite clay additives. I have ONE soft bristled brush that I use for nothing but these. This set does not get favorable reviews on Amazon. I feel this is because people are expecting to use them on paper crafting. Please understand that these chalks are extremely hard. These are not soft chalks. To “start” use my colors, I scratched the surface with my needle tool and then used the brush. This allowed my brush to very easily pick up color. Please know that once you break the surface of the chalk, these blending chalks are very highly pigmented! But perhaps my favorite aspect of these chalks are that unlike other chalks, these are buildable. With one soft swipe of your brush you can achieve soft & subtle color. With multiple brush strokes, the color builds & intensifies becoming beautiful and vibrant.

Do you have Inkadinkado Blending Chalks? How do you like yours? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Happy Claying,

 

 
17 Comments for this entry
Jude Brown
February 10, 2017
23:43

Hi Katie. I like all your information I have just made a dog using sculpey 3 and after baking used chalks. Can I rebake him and would the chalks then adhere to the clay. I hope to hear from you. Many thanks Jude

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Katie
February 13, 2017
11:05

Hi Jude, Chalks need to be added before the clay is baked. You can use them after the clay is baked, but you will need to use far more. I would suggest using a small fine brush and oil paints after the clay is baked. You will like the results better.

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Jude Brown
February 14, 2017
03:09

Thankyou Katie for the reply I will try the oil paints sounds goods

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Katie
February 14, 2017
09:48

No problem! Let me know how it goes!

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Liani
November 7, 2016
06:43

Hi Katie: I am new to dustless clay and would like to know the following:
Does this product require baking to make it color fast?
Is it light fast?
Can I use it with concrete?
What products can I use to protect my surface?

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Katie
November 7, 2016
13:01

Polymer clay MUST be cured in an oven by baking. Different polymer clays require different temperatures to bake at. I have several articles on the site to help you. The polymer clay is a type of plastic/vinyl material when cured. It is lightfast to a point. UV light will break down the color over time, no different than a porch chair that is out in the sun all the time. You can take CURED tiles of clay and embed them into concrete as a mosaic, yes. You can use just printer paper to protect your work surface. Also the craft sheets from craft stores will work as well. If you join the email list you’ll get lots of new information too.

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spjcbjp
March 3, 2015
09:25

Hi Katie,

Can you tell me where I can purchase these, and if they could be added to white clay to make entirely new colors?

Thanks!

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Katie
March 4, 2015
17:47

I get mine at big box stores. They are $20 a set. But you can use a coupon on them! I’ve also linked them to Amazon if that’s easier.

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Michele Dickey
February 6, 2015
19:57

I have these and was wondering why they were so terrible for my other projects. Thank you for letting us know about these! I bought a few PanPastels but haven’t tried them yet. They are very expensive so I wanted to make sure they are good before I really invest in them more. Have you used the Pan Pastels?

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Katie
February 7, 2015
12:04

Hi Michele! I have tried PanPastels and I love them, however they are so richly pigmented that the color isn’t nearly as soft and buildable as I can achieve with these. When I want strong & vibrant color right away, I will use PanPastels.

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Lisa
February 5, 2015
20:19

I just recently got this same chalk set and haven’t had a chance to really play with it. What I have done is very pleasing though. I quickly realized the buildable aspect and love it!

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Jessica B
January 28, 2015
03:48

Interesting! Do you know if these different from chalk pastels?

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Katie
January 28, 2015
11:19

I don’t actually know how different they are in composition. What I can say is that these are very richly pigmented. Perhaps it’s just the brand that I have, but my chalk pastels are not pigmented as richly. Plus these are smaller and take up less space on my work table since I have them out all of the time. The entire case is about 8″x6″.

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Barbara Olphant
January 27, 2015
19:01

Are you using these before baking? And can you mix them for different color?

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Katie
January 28, 2015
11:17

Hi Barbara! Yes, I use these before baking. The color (like pastels) will NOT stick after baking. I’ll make a note of that in my article.

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dirbar
January 27, 2015
12:06

This sounds like so much fun. Due to my recent surgery I am unable to work in my studio, but I am printing all your wonderful projects and creative ideas. I can’t wait to get back to my clay and try these.

Bobbie (Barbara) Bushey

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Katie
January 27, 2015
13:09

I hope you can get back to claying soon Bobbie! When you do, be sure to get some of these and try them. Then come back and tell me what you think of them.

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