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A Southpaw’s Review of Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

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Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers asked Jane Bush (Southpaw Creative Arts) to post a review of its product.  Jane is a self-taught illustrator, artist, and concert/band photographer with a degree in Visual Communications.  She enjoys creating fun reviews on new art products, technique tutorials, and videos about reaching inward as an artist.    Jane loves to try new art supplies and techniques and had a lot of fun with Chalkola chalk markers!

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Regular chalkboard
  • Damp cloth

Jane used all three types of Chalkola chalk markers for her project, a sign on chalkboard.

Chalkola products package

She was surprised at the sizes and colors included in the Chalkola products package.  She liked the idea of jumbo, regular, and metallic markers to choose from.

regular chalkboard

Jane decides to use regular chalkboard for her project.

Platinum series marker

She begins with the green Platinum series marker with the 3 in 1 chisel tip.  She likes the vibrant color and control she has on line thickness.

letters

The chisel tip makes interesting letters and draws the viewers’ attention with the contrast of thin, thick, and medium.  Jane was somewhat disappointed about the color seeping into the chalkboard but this would not have happened with a non-porous chalkboard surface.  She is pleasantly surprised, though, when she takes the sign to the sale and the chalk markers don’t smudge or fade while the sign is actually in use.

chalk marker wipes

Jane really likes the way that she can easily erase her work even after it is dry.  All she needs is a damp cloth and the chalk marker wipes right off!

Chalkola Platinum series

The Platinum series markers hold enough ink for any project.  The 3 in 1 chisel tip makes thin, medium, or bold lines, allowing the artist more versatility.  Jane prefers the Platinum series because of the unique nib on the marker.

finished project

Jane’s finished project is a sign that really stands out and attracts attention.  The colors are bright and the pens are easy to work with.  All in all, Jane loves Chalkola chalk markers!

 

Also read – An Amazing New Technique for Chalkola Markers

 

An Amazing New Technique for Chalkola Markers

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

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Mira Byler loves everything about art, particularly the wide variety of media she can use to inspire her creations.  One of the services she does for her YouTube subscribers is testing new media and giving her honest opinion.  After obtaining a B.S. in Biology Mira found herself pulled back to her first love – art.  She encourages aspiring artists to persist in their passions and develop their talent.

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Glass surface

Mira decides that she would like to make her first Chalkola creation on glass.  Glass is usually a challenging medium as well as one that yields beautiful results.

glass

Mira lays out her Chalkola chalk markers to see all the colors she has to choose from.  She has never worked with chalk markers before and she’s very exciting about the possibilities.

Chalkola chalk markers

She is impressed with the 3 in 1 nib on the Platinum series markers.  She has just prepared the blue one to use.

Platinum series markers

Mira starts by experimenting on a small piece of glass, seeing how the colors look and finding out how she can mix the colors.

experimenting

After a few tries she is able to mix a beautiful rosy pink color.

piece of glass

Using the small piece of glass for a palette, Mira is going to use a larger one for her creation.

pink pastel blossom

She starts with a focal point for her painting, a pink pastel blossom.

more flowers

She had donned plastic gloves to avoid getting natural oils from her hands on the glass surface.  This insures that the colors and shapes will be consistent.  Her she adds more flowers and uses metallic green to accentuate a different type of flowering vine.

bouquet

She expands the bouquet by making complementary shapes and colors, making it interesting to look at and quite realistic.

blending colors

Mira is nearly finished with her artwork.  She’s had a lot of fun mixing and blending colors to get the effects she envisioned.

finished product

The finished product!  Mira loves working with Chalkola chalk markers and was very pleased with how easy they were to work with.

Mira Byler did something completely different when she tried Chalkola chalk markers for the first time.  Her creative inspiration led her to use the markers to create beautiful new shades and colors.  Chalkola chalk markers have been proven once more to be a high quality, versatile medium that anyone can work with.

 

Also read – Turn Ordinary into Extraordinary with Chalkola

 

Turn Ordinary into Extraordinary with Chalkola

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

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Brittany the Toy Reviewer discovered just how easy it is to decorate with Chalkola chalk markers.  She had a lot of fun doing a makeover on her candy jar!

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Glass or jar

What was once a plain, unremarkable candy jar has become a fun and attractive focal point for any room.

candle jar

Brittany repurposed a candle jar once she burned down the candle.  She cleaned it thoroughly and decided to use it as a candy jar.

Chalkola Metallic Series pens

Chalkola Metallic Series pens are easy to use, very eye-catching, and just right for this project.

pink metallic pen

She starts with the pink metallic pen, making a simple label to build a theme around.

candy theme

Sticking with the candy theme, Brittany uses the blue metallic marker to give the letters a candy cane motif.

red metallic pen

She surrounded the letters with black to make the label stand out as the focal point.  Then she begins to add complementary art with the red metallic pen.

jar

You can see the different types of candy that are depicted on the jar.  Even a child too young to read could tell what this jar is intended for!

completed project

The completed project is unique, colorful, and an asset to any room.

The last step is filling the “new” candy jar with some sweet treats.  The best part about decorating this candy jar is knowing that the color will stay vivid and beautiful until it is wiped off.  She may want to change the theme with the seasons or even repurpose the jar in the future.  When that time comes, Chalkola Chalk Markers can handle the job beautifully!

 

Also read – Child Safe Fun and Creativity with Chalkola

Child Safe Fun and Creativity with Chalkola

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

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Brittany, creator of The Toy Reviewer, likes to examine and play with all kinds of toys and crafts made for children.  She gives honest, hands-on reviews with the goal of letting people know the advantages and drawbacks of products made for children.  She kindly consented to give a demonstration and review of Chalkola chalk markers.

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Chalkoboard

Brittany was very pleased with how brilliant Chalkola colors are.  The black chalkboard really accentuated their vibrancy.

Chalkola chalk markers

When she first opened the two packages she liked seeing immediately that Chalkola chalk markers are child safe, non toxic, acid free, water based, and easy to clean off clothing as well as non porous surfaces.

Chalkola Platinum series

She tried the Platinum series first, the 15mm 3 in 1 tipped jumbo chalk markers.  Following instructions, she shook the marker vigorously then drew down the ink by depressing the tip.

Chalkola red marker

The regular chalk markers were also easy to use and Brittany liked the brightness of the red marker.

lettering

She decided to turn her lettering into a bright, beautiful little mural using all the colors of the regular Chalkola chalk markers.

bold and vibrant chalkola colors

As you can see, Chalkola colors are bold and vibrant.

chalkboard artwork

Here you can see the finished chalkboard artwork and all the colors she used.

Brittany enjoyed her review of Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers, Chalkola Platinum Series chalk markers, and Chalkola Metallic markers.  She liked the way that these markers cleaned up so easily with a damp cloth but was most impressed with the smooth application and brilliant colors.  Chalkola Chalk Markers are popular with everyone that tries them!

 

Also read – Window Art with Chalkola Chalk Markers

Window Art with Chalkola Chalk Markers

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Darcie Denton, a young professional artist, decided to use her YouTube channel to demonstrate Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers.  Her channel offers tutorials on a variety of art-related skills from easy to challenging.  She sells her original artwork and prints on Etsy and Instagram.  At just 18 years old she is well on her way to making a good living selling her custom miniatures, pencil portraits, and paintings using acrylic, oil, and watercolors.  Darcie loves to experiment with new media so the opportunity to try Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers was a lot of fun!

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Window glass
  • White paper
  • Damp rag

Darcie decided that her favorite creation with Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers will stay on her window for a long time!

Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers

After opening the package, Darcie inspected the 8 Chalkola Platinum Series 3 in 1 chisel-tipped markers.  She noted that they are child safe, non toxic, and water based to wash off easily from surfaces or clothing.

Chalkola Platinum Series

She then looked at the box of 16 markers that includes 10 bullet-tipped chalk markers and 6 gorgeous metallic pens.  She liked the simple explanations on the packaging for both sets of markers.

metallic pens

Eager to try the metallic pens, Darcie writes on the nearest available surface and is delighted with the shimmer and rich color of the gold pen.

gold pen

She finds that the color is easy to wipe off her hand and tries it a second time just for fun.

white paper

Before starting a project with the Chalkola chalk markers Darcie chooses some white paper so that she can judge the quality of the colors.

yellow marker

She decides to start with the chunky Platinum Series, a yellow marker with a 3 in one nib.

marker nib

After vigorously shaking the marker and drawing the ink down into the nib, she is pleased with how easy the marker is to use.

purple chalk marker

She does the same with the purple chalk marker

the metallic pens

The metallic pens are next to be tried.

shimmer

Darcie likes the brightness of the colors and how the metallic pens shimmer in the light.

window

Now it’s time for some serious experimentation!  Moving to her window, Darcie begins to draw a design on her window.

flower

She first tries a design incorporating a flower and various filigreed accents

chalk marker off the window

Not satisfied with her artwork, Darcie wipes the chalk marker off the window and prepares to try again.

swipes with a damp rag

After a few swipes with a damp rag the window is once again clear and ready to decorate.

design

Darcie likes this design better.  It allows her to use all the colors she wants, layering them one atop the other for maximum effect.

colors run down

By allowing some of the colors to run down the window she creates a beautiful effect.

working with Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers

Darcie really enjoyed working with Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers!

 

Also read – Choose Chalkola Markers for the Most Brilliance!

Brilliant Chalkola Chalk Markers for a Brilliant S

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Sophie, a manga artist based in the UK, hopes to become a full time illustrator.  She is interested in all kinds of art including Sioux, mucha, fantasy, Victorian along with many other styles and formats.  She has been featured in Neo Magazine and has written and illustrated a book, Jellybean.  Sophie tried Chalkola chalk markers and filmed her experiments on her YouTube channel, Sophira-Lou Illustrations.

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Picture frame
  • Sketch pad

Sophie was able to create a beautiful work of art with Chalkola chalk markers.

set of Chalkola

She received a complete set of Chalkola chalk markers, the jumbo Platinum series plus the package of regular and metallic markers.

Shaking and priming

Shaking and priming the chalk markers takes a few moments with each one but it’s pretty simple to prepare them for use.

sketched the basics

She has already sketched the basics of a parrot and positions a piece of glass over the sketch.  It will be easier to draw this way.

draw a parrot

Sophie chose to draw a parrot because of Chalkola’s bright, vibrant colors.  She had some trouble with colors bleeding into each other as she layered them.  Allowing the ink to dry completely before adding another layer solved that problem.

let them dry

Since Chalkola chalk markers are water based it’s always best to let them dry completely before adding another color on top of or beside the first color.

blend

You can see that Sophie doesn’t always allow the first color to dry before adding another.  Sometimes she likes to blend them as she does here with the yellow and green.

brilliant contrast

Allowing the base color to dry allows a brilliant contrast of two shades.

tree branch

She needs somewhere for her parrot to perch so uses the brown to start a tree branch.

switches the paper

Sophie switches the paper under the glass from white to black so that she can see the colors a little better.

different shades of green

The different shades of green are ideal for drawing leaves.  She has been working with the Chalkola markers for awhile on this drawing but the markers are extremely low odor.  Some chalk markers have unpleasant odors that make them difficult to work with for more than a few minutes but not Chalkola.

project

Chalkola is also completely child safe so you can do a project with your favorite young person.  Children love Chalkola chalk markers!

layer and blend colors

Sophie likes to layer and blend colors, as you can see in this picture that she did not film.  She can layer and blend with Chalkola markers but it took some trial and error.

sealant

She found that when the layers were built up heavily, they tended to flake off.  She recommends a sealant if you want to keep a particular project or you want to keep it from flaking until you’re ready to dispose of it.

backing in the frame

Sophie prepares to put the backing in the frame she is working with.

beautiful detail

You can see all the beautiful detail she was able to draw into her scene.

glass in its frame

Putting the glass in its frame and affixing the backing will make it suitable for display.

parrot so realistic

Sophie has made her parrot so realistic it almost looks like a photograph!

fantastic to use

She fills in a few more details.  The colors are so bright and “they are fantastic to use”.  She’s having fun trying different textures and techniques.

finished project

The finished project is beautiful!

Sophie really loved the vibrant colors of Chalkola chalk markers.  She also thought of many other things she could do with them such as decorating wineglasses, chalkboards, plastic, whiteboards and a host of other projects she’d like to try.  She will definitely keep Chalkola chalk markers in her most-used art supply inventory!

Also read – Chalkboards Love Chalkola Chalk Markers

Make a Beautiful Greeting Card with Chalkola Chalk

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Monday, July 17, 2017

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Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Can of spray
  • Plain greeting card or white card
  • Glitters
  • Jar
  • Pieces of card stock
  • Wooden hearts
  • Glue

Step 1

Christina Griffiths started making greeting cards in 2008 in her spare time.  She began to sell them and became a guest designer for an online card site.  She later started her own website that’s existed for 8 years now and she has a very successful business.  She films tutorials for aspiring card makers and had a lot of fun with Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe Markers.

greeting cards

Step 2

Christina decided to try Chalkola chalk markers and was surprised at all the colors she has to choose from.  She can use jumbo sized markers, any of the 15regular markers, or get jazzy with the 6 metallic chalk markers.

Chalkola chalk markers

Step 3

Choosing a jumbo yellow marker, she shakes it vigorously and depresses the tip several times to saturate the nib.

jumbo yellow marker

Step 4

You can see how brilliant the color is as she uses the marker on a piece of card stock.  It is just as vivid on clear plastic.

piece of card stock

Step 5

Curious about claims of easy clean up, Christina prepares a damp cloth to wipe off the chalk markings

easy clean up

Step 6

Sure enough, all the color wipes off easily, leaving the surface clean and free of residue.

color wipes off easily

Step 7

She picks up a jar to see how easy it is to use the markers on glass.

jar

Step 8

Next she labels an old CD box that she has re-purposed into a trinket box.

labels an old CD box

Step 9

Christina is pleased with how fun and easy it is to use Chalkola chalk markers to label her receptacles.

label

Step 10

Now to begin work on a card for Valentine’s Day.  Christina is has some ideas and starts with two wooden hearts.

two wooden hearts

Step 11

The jumbo red marker is great for coloring the heart

jumbo red marker

Step 12

A can of spray adhesive will help, too.

can of spray

Step 13

After spraying adhesive on the wooden heart, she puts it in a container of glitter.

container of glitter

Step 14

Removing the heart from the glitter, she gently shakes off the excess.

heart from the glitter

Step 15

Now Christina has two glittery hearts for her card.

hearts for her card

Step 16

Christina starts with a 5×7 piece of cardstock as a foundation and overlays it with a slightly smaller black piece.

piece of cardstock

Step 17

She then lays a smaller white piece atop the black, creating a frame and matte effect for her card.

white piece

Step 18

On the smallest white paper she traces a heart.

traces a heart

Step 19

She outlines the traced heart with the regular sized red Chalkola chalk marker.

red Chalkola chalk marker

Step 20

As you can see, she has colored in the heart.  She used the jumbo marker for faster coverage.

colored in the heart

Step 21

Christina spritzes the heart with water.

heart with water

Step 22

The water makes the color run and creates a beautiful effect.

color run

Step 23

When the card dries she outlines the heart in black chalk marker.

heart in black chalk marker

Step 24

A white chalk marker is used to make big and small dots inside the heart.

white chalk marker

Step 25

Christina uses common household glue on the back of the paper with the heart to secure it to the black matte.

household glue

Step 26

She does the same to the black matte to make it stick to the base of the card.

base of the card

Step 27

She carefully lines up the matte to the larger white card stock.

larger white card stock

Step 28

You don’t need a lot of glue to construct the card.  Too much glue will make the paper soggy and leave ugly bumps on your card.

glue

Step 29

Christina applies gentle but consistent pressure to make all the layers of the card adhere.

layers of the card

Step 30

She takes the two wooden hearts (remember those?) she made first and affixes them to the front of the card over the heart.

card over the heart

Step 31

She adds some words to the front of the card near the heart.  You can see how simple it is to make a card that a loved one will always treasure with Chalkola Chalk markers and a few minutes of your time.

card near the heart

 

Also read – How to Make Your Own Portable Whiteboard

How to Make Your Own Portable Whiteboard using Cha

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Photo frame
  • White paper
  • Chalkola chalk markers

Step 1

Lina Eckstrand is an artist and interior designer who loves to refinish old furniture.  She has a vintage goods store named WackyGoose in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Lina creates a lot of art using chalk paint that she sells in her shop and over the internet.  She was very impressed with Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe Markers.

old furniture

Step 2

Lina opens the mailer containing the Chalkola chalk markers.  She is very interested in trying out the jumbo window markers with the 3 in 1 nib.

jumbo window markers

Step 3

After vigorously shaking the blue marker, Lina presses the tip down firmly on the plastic.  She watches as the ink begins to saturate the nib.

blue marker

Step 4

The closest non porous surface at hand is the plastic package of Chalkola markers so that’s what Lina uses for her first experiment.  She prints big, bold letters in Swedish with a heart to punctuate it.  Lina is pleased with the bright color and with how smoothly the ink flows.

bright color

Step 5

Now she is seeing if clean up is really as simple as the box says.  She uses a damp cloth to wipe away the color, noting that it does smear at first but it is simple to wipe away.

wipe away

Step 6

Lina is impressed with how all the color is gone, leaving no residue or smears on the surface.

no residue

Step 7

She plans to make a whiteboard out of a picture frame she recently bought at a flea market.  Then she will have an ideal surface with which to have some fun with the Chalkola markers.

picture frame

Step 8

She intends to use a piece of white paper in place of a photo for the frame.

piece of white paper

Step 9

She removes the back of the frame and reaches for the white paper.

back of the frame

Step 10

She then places the paper in the frame on top of the glass and replaces the back.

frame on top of the glass

Step 11

Lina now has a portable whiteboard!

portable whiteboard

Step 12

She starts by printing some letters.

printing some letters

Step 13

She erases the letters, pleased with how the whiteboard is working.

erases the letters

Step 14

Lina looks through all the Chalkola markers to choose some colors.  There are so many beautiful colors!

Chalkola markers to choose

Step 15

Lina adds a smile to the face of the sun in her whimsical drawing.  Once Chalkola ink dries it’s easy to add extra details.

whimsical drawing

Step 16

She shows off her portable whiteboard drawing.

whiteboard drawing

Step 17

In this close up of Lina’s whiteboard drawing you can see how brilliant the colors are and how well her portable chalkboard worked.

Lina’s whiteboard drawing

Lina was please with how easy it is to wipe away and clean up Chalkola markers.  She loved the vivid colors, how smoothly the markers worked, and how quickly the ink dried.  As an artist who uses chalk markers as a common medium, Lina was very impressed with the quality and beauty of Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe Markers.

 

Also read – Brighten Up Your Work Space with Chalkola Chalk Markers

Chalkboards Love Chalkola Chalk Markers

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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Dea Sabio is a digital graphic artist who recently tried out Chalkola chalk markers.  Although digital art is her forte she loves being creative in any medium.

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Chalkboard

She tried the Chalkola chalk markers on regular sketch paper and glass then saw how well they worked on a chalkboard surface.

chalkboard

The white is absolutely brilliant against the dark background of the chalkboard.

outline

Dea decides to outline her little ghost-like character in black to make it more defined.

black chalk marker

She fills in a few features with the black chalk marker.

blush

Using pink to make the character blush really draws attention to it.  Once Chalkola chalk markers dry it’s easy to lay another color atop the base without both smearing.

few more details

A few more details bring the character to life.  Chalkola chalk markers are very low odor so they are comfortable to work with.  In fact, most people can’t detect an odor at all.

character

Now that her character is done she’s going to make it talk.  These markers are great for coloring and drawing almost anything.

non-porous surfaces

Chalkola chalk markers are so easy to work with.  They write and color very smoothly on non-porous surfaces.

Chalkola chalk markers

Dea’s little character thanks everyone for watching her try out Chalkola chalk markers.  Initially, she had some problems with the jumbo markers dripping but soon learned not to draw down so much ink.  Learning to use Chalkola chalk markers is surprisingly simple!

Also read – A Digital Artist Tries Chalkola Chalk Markers

Brighten Up Your Work Space with Chalkola Chalk Ma

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Friday, July 7, 2017

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Even if you have a job you look forward to every day you can make it more fun with Chalkola chalk markers.  Why have ordinary pen and brush holders when you can make something exciting and colorful with Chalkola?

Supplies Required:

All you need is a:

  • Chalkola chalk markers
  • Small bucket
  • Glass

Step 1

Don’t settle for ordinary when you can make beautiful receptacles for your brushes, pens, tape, and other tools

tools

Step 2

Chalkola markers make the ordinary extraordinary!

Chalkola markers

Step 3

Chalkola chalk markers come in many vivid, exciting colors.

vivid exciting colors

Step 4

You can use Chalkola markers on non porous surfaces such as treated chalkboards, glass, plastic, and metal.

chalkboards

Step 5

One of Chalkola’s most popular packages is the 21 marker pack that contains 15 regular chalk markers and 6 metallic markers.

chalkola popular packages

Step 6

Metal is an ideal surface for chalk markers and a small bucket is very handy for storing office or art supplies.

small bucket

Step 7

Chalk markers’ ink flows easily onto the metal surface of the small bucket.  The blue color makes the markers stand out nicely.

metal surface

Step 8

This small bucket is very attractive now that the artist has decorated it with Chalkola chalk markers

decorated bucket

Step 9

Glass is another ideal surface to use with chalk markers.  This will be an interesting project!

Glass

Step 10

First the artist makes a tree trunk and some branches on the glass.  Using different colors to accent the branches makes it eye catching.

branches on the glass

Step 11

Using a variety of colors together makes a project interesting.

variety of colors

Step 12

Now that the bucket has been decorating it makes a great storage space for these rolls of tape.

great storage space

Step 13

This white mug will make another good storage device for supplies

white mug

Step 14

The white background really shows off the color from the chalk marker

chalk marker

Step 15

This artist decides to Saguaro cacti to the cup using different colors and even some metallic markers.

cup using different colors

Step 16

The decorated white mug is very attractive!

decorated white mug

Step 17

You can see how ordinary items like the mug, bucket, and glass bottle can be turned into unusual and attractive containers to store your office or art supplies.

attractive containers

One of the best things about Chalkola Premium Wet Wipe markers is that if you make a mistake or change your mind you can easily wipe off any or all of what you’ve done and start over.  The colors wipe off cleanly, leaving no residue, and wash out of clothing easily.

 

Also read – Chalkola’s Unique 3 in 1 Nib

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