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Blending Chalk Basics

Rich in pigment with a smooth, velvety texture, blending chalks can add subtle pastels or rich, vibrant colors to all your paper crafting projects. They are the perfect choice for coloring in stamped and embossed images, adding shading to areas, creating backgrounds, giving edges an aged look, and so much more. This versatile coloring medium is available in many different colors and in small or large sets. And, the best part is, they are easy to use!

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What tools to use

Blending chalks can be applied to your projects using a number of different tools. You may want to practice chalking on scrap paper before coloring an actual project.

Inkadinkado offers specially made chalk applicators that feature small and large sponge tips attached to a small plastic handle. They are perfect for adding color to both broad spaces, as well as detailed areas. You may also want to try cotton swabs, craft sponges, cotton balls, pom-poms, rags, or paper towels.

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Note: While it may be tempting to use your finger to apply the chalks, keep in mind that your skin’s natural oils can cause smudges and transfer acids to your project.

How to apply

Pick up color on a sponge applicator or other tool by rubbing it over the chalk square in a circular motion. Apply the chalk, using a light touch for a soft effect or heavily for more intense color.

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Different strokes

You can use strokes to create different effects. Here are a few examples:

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Use a circle for round objects, or repeat them for billowy clouds.


Try a cursive letter "c" to make waves.


Use lines to make streaks for the rays of a sun.


Combine two curved strokes to create leaves.

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Blending colors

Blend colors by applying a color directly onto the paper and then adding one or more colors on top of it. Colors can also be blended on the applicator. Dip the applicator into a color such as yellow, then into the red. When you rub the applicator on the paper, the colors will mix to produce orange.


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Shading with blending chalks

When shading an area, always begin with the lightest colors, then work toward the darker ones. Blend one color directly over another to achieve a third color. You can continue adding colors until you reach the desired look.

Erasing

Did you accidentally color the wrong area? Or do you want to remove a color you don’t like? Well, don’t worry about it! Blending chalks are not only versatile--they are worry-free. Any mistakes can easily be removed with a chalk eraser or kneaded vinyl eraser.

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Note: Regular pencil erasers are not designed for use with blending chalks. They contain harsh materials that can damage paper and can create a streaky mess of your chalked areas.

Coloring dry embossed images and papers

Another great way to use blending chalks is to color images that are dry embossed. You can create your own images, using a brass stencil and an embossing tool, or you can purchase scrapbook papers that are already embossed.

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Using your applicator, you can color the raised areas or the flat areas of the image with your blending chalks.

Quick Tip: Blending chalks are also great for coloring other textured paper, such as corrugated paper.

Finishing your project

If you have applied blending chalks to your project with a light touch, you may only need to lightly brush over the image with a tissue or cotton ball to remove any excess chalk dust.

Remember: To avoid smearing your colored image, never wipe your hand across your project or blow across it to remove the excess chalk dust. Gently tap the paper on its side or brush over it lightly with a cotton ball.

If you have applied blending chalks heavily, you will need to apply an acid-free, spray fi xative to prevent the chalk from smearing or fading.

Cleaning your blending chalks

Whether it’s from blending colors or just dust particles in your chalk set, you may fi nd that your chalk squares become dirty and need to be cleaned. The easiest way to clean a chalk square is to wipe the top of it with a damp paper towel, then let it air dry for a few minutes. Stubborn stains can be removed by lightly scraping the surface with a craft knife until the unwanted color is removed.

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