Chalk Boards

A Closer Look At.. Montana ACRYLIC

Everybody here at Marker Supply has been excited about adding several new brands to our store this summer. Our most recent addition, Montana Cans, is definitely worth checking out- especially by urban artists, sign painters, muralists, mixed media composers, and designers of all kinds!

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Take a closer look at the Montana ACRYLIC paint line…

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MONTANA ACRYLIC PAINT MARKERS

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The newest line of water-based paint markers in the Marker Supply store- Montana ACRYLICS. Featuring a selection of vibrant colors modeled after the Montana GOLD spray paint line, including bold “Shock” colors, shining metallics, glowing fluorescents, earthy tones, and various grays. Empty markers and refill inks also make it possible to mix your own custom colors too!

Available in 5 tip sizes (with alternate tip styles available separately). Find super tiny tips for the finest of details, wide tips for calligraphic lettering, fine tips for outlines, jumbo tips for quick coverage of surface areas, even split tips that give a multiline effect.

See the different markers and the nibs that fit each one:
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The high-quality paints in Montana ACRYLIC markers are waterproof, lightfast, highly-pigmented, and quick-drying. They are suitable for a variety of projects and surfaces including walls, windows, wood, canvas, metal, shoes, and more! Replaceable valve-action tips give a smooth, well-controlled flow of paint so you can apply like a pro. Marker barrels are transparent so you can easily view the levels of paint left inside. When you run out of paint, just fill them back up!
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MONTANA ACRYLIC PAINT REFILLS

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Another great feature of Montana ACRYLIC that lots of other paint markers lack is that they are refillable! Use the 25ml or 180ml refills to always keep a fresh supply of paint in your markers.

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The 25ml refill bottle can also be turned into a special “dauber” tip marker with the 10mm round cloth applicator tips! See the tip pack, which includes lids, HERE.

These bottled paints don’t have to be destined for just markers either, they work well with paintbrushes and airbrushes too!

The refill paints are also where the fun of color mixing comes in. Grab a few different shades and combine them to create your own custom colors unique to your project! There are empty refill bottles, empty markers, and widemouth jars available to help with the blending process.

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How to refill a Montana ACRYLIC marker:
1- Unscrew, to the left, the top section that holds the nib.
2- Use your fingernail to help remove the next section, with the valve system springs.
3- Add the refill paint to the open marker. Only fill the barrel 3/4 of the way full, to leave room for the valve system part.
4- Press the valve system section back in and make sure it is tight.
5- Screw the nib section back on, to the right, and make sure it is securely tightened.
6- Prime the nib by pressing up and down on a test surface.

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MONTANA ACRYLIC VARNISH GLOSS

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Montana ACRYLIC Varnish Gloss is used to further protect and seal your painted artworks by keeping them extra water-and-abrasion proof.

Varnish Gloss also enhances the visual effect of the Montana ACRYLIC paint colors, and helps to color match them with the Montana GOLD spray paint color line. It can also be used to create depth and intensify how light interacts with your designs.

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MONTANA ACRYLIC EMPTY MARKERS

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An exciting feature of the Montana ACRYLIC line- and an often-requested item that finally made its way to the Marker Supply store- empty barrel markers! Now you can create the exact color you need, diluted to the exact consistency you like, with whichever marker tip size you want.

The transparent plastic of the barrel allows you to easily see inside your markers to check paint levels and colors. They are available in 5 marker sizes, as well as empty 25ml and 180ml bottles.

**To get the best performance out of these markers, we recommend using them only with water-based acrylic paints.
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MONTANA ACRYLIC REPLACEMENT TIPS

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The selection of replacement tips also includes some that don’t come on the regular markers, such as the extra fine .5mm, the 6mm slanted chisel, and split “multiline” tips, so you can further customize your marker by changing the tip to suit your writing and drawing style.

You can also convert the 25ml paint bottles into markers by adding the 10mm rounded cloth tip.

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MONTANA BLACKBOOK A5 LANDSCAPE SKETCHBOOK

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A helpful tool for artists of all kinds, this hardcover sketchbook features 144 pages of 120G coated white paper that works with pencils and markers. Measuring only 6 x 8.5 inches, it fits easily in your workspace, and is perfect to take on-the-go for drawing out your designs wherever inspiration hits.

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We hope you enjoy the many possibilities of the Montana ACRYLIC paints and artist tools. If you have any artwork done with these markers, feel free to post your projects on our social media or tag us with #markersupply!

Keep an eye out for more brands and products being adding soon to the Marker Supply store! 🙂

 

 

Featured Artist: @SignJay

We’re wrapping up chalk markers and chalkboard month at Marker Supply with another featured artist!!

Aside from party boards (as featured in our blog about LA Sign Design), and the countless chalk marker projects you can do at home (some of which highlighted in our last blog), another big area that you may notice the art of chalkboard signs is in stores and restaurants! Windows, displays, grocery departments, event posters, menus, and more can have such a nice appeal to customers after they’ve been decorated with chalk markers!!

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We Markerland folks are always very impressed by the talented people behind those signs, and we are excited to feature a chalkboard sign artist who is very active in doing store display and event poster chalkboards!

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Rachel Humiston is from Richmond, VA and has been doing professional chalkboard signs since 2008.

“I got a job as a sign artist at Trader Joe’s. I didn’t have any experience- I actually had just graduated with a math degree, but I wanted to do well so I threw all my energy into practicing and improving. I didn’t know at the time I would make a career of it, but it is a practical kind of art form and in retrospect- that fits my personality perfectly!

The first piece I ever did was a 24 x 41 inch display for roasted red pepper and tomato soup and some crackers at Trader Joe’s. I still remember sitting on the floor drawing and re-writing the layout trying to make all of the information fit. It took days but thankfully I had a very patient boss who had faith and I got the hang of it. Eight years later we are still a team and I’m very grateful!”

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RACHEL’S RECENT WORKS

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“I actually finished the largest piece I have done to date just this week! It was a series of different size frames covering an area of approximately 11 x 12 feet for an event called Creative Marketplace where local artists and makers come together to connect and share their wares with the community. I’ve done a couple murals that were physically larger but this was the largest typography design thus far.”

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 SOME CHALKBOARD ART TIPS FROM RACHEL

“The projects I take on usually require a lot of information in a relatively small space, so the toughest part of the process is finding creative solutions to dividing up the text so it is both easy to read and also beautiful.
Once I have a good design, the rest is pure fun!”

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Getting started:
“I typically start by looking at my source materials- packaging, logos, etc. and visualize some ideas in my head first. Then I will do 2 or 3 very loose thumbnail sketches, to make sure I have enough room for all of my elements, and select the best layout. The sketches are comically simple because I’ve found that fine-tuning is best done on the actual board. I’ll then do the sketch on the board and move things around as necessary- this way I can see the design to scale. The exception is when you work menus- you need mathematical precision, so those sketches are much more in-depth.”

Correcting mistakes:
“If it’s a small mistake, I can correct it when I add the background color, outlines, and shadows by simply drawing over it. If it is something that needs to be completely changed, I use 91% isopropyl alcohol to clean the area. That sounds technical but it’s just the stuff you find in first aid kits. You can buy it just about anywhere- it’s inexpensive and works well. “

Working on chalkboards vs. glass:
“Chalkboards have some grit to them that helps to slow down the marker and gives more control. The smoothness of glass means the marker moves fast and loose. It also affects how I hold the pen- on chalkboards I rest my arm and wrist on the board for stability, but with glass the marker is the only thing that can touch. The surface I prefer working on is chalk boards, but if I’m working on glass I will lean towards script fonts- as their flow is more conducive to the surface.”

Spacing tips:
“Draw rectangles around the rounded letters like “O” or “D”- it makes it easier to compare the corners to see if they are even. Invest in a clear drafting ruler that is divided into grid- it will change your life!”

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CHALK MARKERS : RACHEL’S PICKS
(and some suggestions from us!)

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“I am a huge Woodcraft marker devotee- the opacity, vibrancy, and ease with which you can do multiple coats cannot be beat! They are incredibly versatile and can be used on so many surfaces. I use a ton of Gardenia, a lovely warm white. I use the chisel tip and the Big & Broad size in equal measure.
The Woodcraft markers are actually quite permanent even without sealing them. I have interior signs that have been up for 8 years under fluorescent lighting and they have not faded, chipped, or cracked!

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More recently I’ve expanded to the Uni Poscas in the 1, 3 and 5m sizes because they are perfect for crisping up the edges of the letters, great for outlining, and they work great over or under the Woodcraft markers.”

If you are looking to do some art for a store, restaurant, etc., we have what you need at Marker Supply! Try these special sets that might help you get started:


chalk markersZig Posterman Starter Sets come in 3 different sizes and each feature Zig Posterman markers in a variety of colors and tip sizes for you to try, as well as a great chalkboard cleaning tool- the Scrubs do-it-all wipes!

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Perfect little starter packs of the Zig Woodcraft Markers, the Food Menu Sets feature colors specifically picked to match a different food group theme!

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Thanks again to Rachel for sharing your work and advice with us!
Check out Rachel’s Instagram to see more of her amazing chalk marker art!!

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**ALL CHALK ART PHOTOS ON THIS BLOG ARE COPYRIGHT TO RACHEL HUMISTON and we are thankful for her letting us use them to show off her talent! 🙂

Have any chalk marker artwork that you’d like to share? Tag us #MarkerSupply – we’d love to see!!!

 

Chalkboard Home Decor Projects

We’ve seen how chalk marker art can be great at parties and special events (with our last blog featuring LA Sign Design), and you’ve likely seen chalk markers used on windows/displays/menus at stores and restaurants (stay tuned for our next blog featuring another great chalk artist!), but there is also PLENTY to be done with chalk paint & markers at home!

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CHALKBOARD FURNITURE/CABINETS
You don’t always have to go BIG with the chalkboard theme in your house by covering an entire wall or door. (We’ve even seen refrigerators turned chalkboard!) Try just transforming a piece of furniture & other smaller household surfaces with chalkboard paint, like the Brush-On or Spray-On paints from Krylon!

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Chalk desks are an awesome way to cut down on paper notes, to-do lists, etc. (and you are less likely to lose important info if it’s written right on the desktop!) They are also a fun addition to a kid’s playroom! (Water-based chalk markers are safe for kids to use!) Using chalk markers instead of regular chalk keeps these projects free of dust and smudging!

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Keep helpful information handy when you turn the inside of your cabinet doors into a chalkboard notepad!

One of our new products from Krylon also pairs very well with chalk markers. Chalky Finish” paints are like chalk markers in a spray paint form- great for doing larger pieces that would be tough to do with just a marker tip. Also, since it’s a spray paint, it allows a nice, even coverage of color on curves, edges, and all those tricky little places.

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After you are done using the “Chalky Finish” paint to go over the entire object, use chalk markers to draw on some details!
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CHALKBOARD PICTURE FRAMES
Grab some inexpensive photo frames at yard sales, thrift stores, etc. and paint the glass with chalkboard paint. (Or you can also use Strathmore’s Black Chalk Paper– an item we love from our sister company Paper & Ink Arts.)

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Any frame can quickly become a fun way for displaying your own artwork and quotes, and makes a fun gift idea too!

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Make some signs for different areas of your house, or just use them as a canvas for some chalkboard style wall art!

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The Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint is specially made for use on dishes and other heat-stable bases such as glass, ceramic, porcelain, etc. Once baked on, it is dishwasher safe! Create a re-writable chalkboard surface to give your dishes some unique designs and keep track of multiple drink containers that would otherwise look alike!

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Hint: Use Pebeo or permanent, oil-based markers to draw on the sections of art/words that you want to always be there.
Then use erasable chalk markers for the temporary parts.

CHALK LABELS
Whether permanent or temporary, labels are a handy way to remember what’s what! Chalkboard labels have a great look in whatever area they are used in! Try the Marvy Easy Chalkboard Marker to turn things like paper, wood, cardboard, or terra cotta pots into a smooth black chalkboard surface! (This marker is also great for making chalkboard-style cards & gift tags!)

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DO YOU HAVE CHALKBOARD / CHALK MARKER ART IN YOUR HOME?
Show us your projects & decor on our Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!!
@MarkerSupply #MarkerSupply

 

Featured Artist: LA Sign Design

We are very excited about Marker Supply’s newest featured artist – Lacey at LA Sign Design!

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“My main passion is to keep the art of handwriting and cursive alive in the most creative ways possible.
I love technology but nothing beats handmade, in my opinion.
” –Lacey @ LA Sign Design

Lacey is the owner/artist behind her business, LA Sign Design, that creates a number of incredible chalk marker art projects- from store advertisements, to event posters, to menus, to our highlight of this blog: PARTY BOARDS!!

Handmade boards done with chalk markers are becoming more & more popular at birthdays, weddings, and other special events as a fun and unique way to decorate and display information to the guests!

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We asked Lacey some questions about her work as a chalkboard artist, specifically in the area of doing boards for special occasions:

How long have you been making chalk art boards for parties?
Professionally, since 2012, but I have loved to doodle since I could hold a crayon.

What objects do you use for your actual boards?
Mainly old wood-framed pictures I up-cycle into chalkboards. I purchase the picture frames from the local Savers or Goodwill, thrift sales, & auctions. I also cut sanded plywood in custom sizes for a variety of different projects.

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Are there surfaces that are easier or more difficult to draw on than others?
Since most my work is freehand, learning to write straight & evenly spaced on an already mounted chalkboard or surface is probably the most difficult to master. I create artwork on glass as well-this can be slippery & really test ones hand steadiness.

How big are your average-size boards and how long do they take to finish?
My mini chalkboards are popular as 8 x 10 inch picture frames. I’ve also created wedding programs that are 4 x 4 foot & photo-op standees that are 7 feet tall! Most signage only requires 1-2 hours of work (Prep, design, sketches, art, touch-ups, seal coat) but is determined more by the amount of writing & special designs required.

What do you use on top of a finished board to seal & protect it?
To really make a board last I offer my clients the option to seal coat with either a Matte or Gloss finish Mod Podge. Sealing is a great idea to preserve the ink from fading and really makes the writing stand out against the black chalkboard.

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BIRTHDAY BOARDS

Birthday chalkboards are stand-out party decor for kids AND adults of any age! Not only are they fun for the party itself, but they can remain treasured keepsakes to remember the event well into the future! Fill them with information from life at the present moment, and then you can always have a look back to your “time capsule sign!”

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We LOVE these colorful and customized kids birthday signs by LA Sign Design!!
(and congrats on the recent Blue-Ribbon-Win!)

You can also make chalkboard signs for different areas & activities at your party-
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WEDDING BOARDS

An elegant way to decorate for a couple’s big day!!

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Even simply using just white ink on a black chalkboard can still make beautiful pieces to introduce the wedding party, display the menu options, or have as backdrops for photos!

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“Wedding signage is becoming a fast trend and the markers seriously make all the difference on the big day. Brides are always so relieved to learn my “chalk” is actually water-proof & smudge-proof unlike regular chalk. I always have the option of Chalk Ink markers which are no-mess and dust-free in case they need the signage to be temporary. Doing the wedding program on a large chalkboard or refinished door is becoming super popular and cost effective compared to printing programs.” -Lacey @ LA Sign Design

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*Zig Posterman Medium and Big & Broad
*Uni Posca Fine, Medium, and Broad
*Sharpie Poster Paint Fine and Medium

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Sharpie Poster Paint (water-based) is the best marker I’ve found for white, red, and yellow colors. The pigment lasts and covers well over black surfaces. I like using Posterman and Sharpie markers so my chalkboard artwork is already smudge-proof & water-proof but not chemical-proof (ink can be removed with Windex). Postermans also work great on glass indoors & outdoors. Chalk ink (ex. Posterman Wet-Wipe) markers work perfect for a surface that needs to be reused or edited easily. The liquid chalk can be wiped clean with water and best part is no chalk dust!

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Lacey’s advice to those interested in chalk marker art:

“Make mistakes, fix them, & create some more!
My skills continue to develop over time with practice, studying new techniques, & faith in my freehand ability.

 If you are not as sure about your freehand skills, but really want to create a chalkboard sign, use this neat trick:
1. Find a quote, picture, or design online [or create one in Word] and print it off to fit your chalkboard.
2. Use a No.2 Pencil & cover the backside of this printed off picture with pencil.
3. Tape the paper to the chalkboard.
4. Use pencil to now trace pressing firmly over the quote & transfer the pencil from the backside to the board.
5. Remove paper & reveal a light outline of exactly where you need to color!”

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Thanks so much to Lacey for all of the insights into her chalkboard world! Keep up the good work!!

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To contact Lacey or see more of her artwork, check out her webpage HERE!
She also occasionally has giveaways for FREE mini chalkboards! Fun!!

©  ALL PHOTOS ARE COPYRIGHTED TO LA SIGN DESIGN.
Marker Supply appreciates her letting us use them in the blog!!

Chalk Marker Terms & Tips

Since it’s “chalk marker month” here at Marker Supply, we figured it would be a good time to go over a few basic details of these types of markers to help you pick which ones are right for you!!

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Some terms commonly used with chalk markers:

WET-WIPE / WET-ERASE: This type of ink is removable from non-porous surfaces with plain water. Just use a damp cloth and your marks will come off! Best used for indoor art, and for those projects that need to be re-written often- menus, calendars, etc.

WATERPROOF: The opposite of a wet-erase marker, this is the semi-permanent kind of chalk marker ink. Once dry, it should resist water- making it ideal for outdoor signage. Can still be removed from non-porous surfaces like glass and most chalkboards using a standard ammonia-based household/window cleaner.

VALVE-ACTION: A term for the type of tip mechanism used with most chalk markers. Before their first use, valve-action tips will have no paint in them. Get them started by gently pressing them in and out onto a piece of scrap paper several times to start the flow of ink (also known as “priming” the marker). This kind of tip prevents it from drying out- just give it a few pumps and it will refresh itself! These tips can also be easily removed and replaced if they become overly damaged.

FLUORESCENT: These markers have special color pigments that will have a “glowing” effect under a black/UV light. Zig’s Fluorescent markers use the name “Illumigraph”.
Notes about Fluorescent colors:
-Lighter colors will pop the most under black lights. Darker colors may still appear to be dark.
-Under a black light, white will glow with more of a purplish color.

OPAQUE: A common term with inks and paints meaning the opposite of transparent (see-through). Opaque colors will cover a surface completely, blocking out the background/other colors underneath.

POROUS vs. NON-POROUS: Chalk paint markers will bond permanently to porous surfaces- those with tiny holes that make the surface absorbent- such as paper, posterboard, wood, and fabric. Chalk marker paint can be removed from hard, non-porous surfaces such as glass, metal, and most chalkboards.

GHOSTING: On some surfaces, a faint mark (“ghosting”) will still be left behind after you erase your work. This happens with some colors more than others- metallics and super bright colors are often known to ghost. Painted chalkboards tend to have this problem because the “chalkboard” surface is more on the porous side. You can try a cleaner to help remove them, but usually these spots will need to be re-painted over. Using a primer under your chalkboard paint can sometimes help prevent marks from staining. It’s always a wise idea to test your marks in a small, hidden area first to see if they will ghost.

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Chalk Marker Tip Shapes & Sizes

Chalk markers come with a variety of different tip styles to choose from. There are jumbo tips for coloring big spaces, pin-type tips for tiny details, and tips like the chisel or brush- which make different size marks depending on how you hold the marker.
This handy chart will give you a better look at each one and where to find them!

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Find it at Marker Supply:

See the following list for a guide to what chalkboard art supplies we carry at www.markersupply.com!

THE SURFACE PREPS:
KRYLON CHALKBOARD PAINT -BRUSH ON
KRYLON CHALKBOARD PAINT- SPRAY ON
KRYLON PRIMER/SEALER
KRYLON CHALKY FINISH PAINTS
MARVY EASY CHALKBOARD MARKER
PEBEO PORCELAINE CHALKBOARD PAINT

THE MARKERS:
UNI POSCA
ZIG POSTERMAN
ZIG WOODCRAFT
ZIG ILLUMIGRAPH
MARVY BISTRO
MARVY DECOCOLOR ACRYLIC
MARVY GARDENCRAFT
SHARPIE POSTER
KRINK K-32
AND K-55
-PEBEO decoMARKERS (*NEW!* COMING LATER THIS SUMMER!!)

THE REPLACEMENT TIPS:
UNI POSCA TIPS
ZIG WOODCRAFT TIPS
ZIG POSTERMAN TIPS

THE CLEANERS:
SCRUBS DO-IT-ALL WIPES
ZIG CHALKBOARD CLEANER

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Win a Chalkboard Art Kit!!

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Don’t forget about this month’s contest!! Just submit your email address into our handy entry form HERE  for your chance to win a chalkboard art kit!! (Note: Your email will only be used to pick the winner and sign you up for Marker Supply’s email newsletter.)

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Tag #MarkerSupply in your chalk marker art/projects! We’d love to see what your markers are up to!!

CONTEST: CHALK MARKERS!!

This month at Marker Supply, we’re taking a look at one of our largest groups of markers:

CHALK MARKERS!!

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“Chalk” paint markers are starting to be used instead of traditional chalk in lots of places. They don’t have the messy dust, they don’t easily smudge right off, they can be used multiple ways on multiple surfaces, and they give you a larger range of colors!

For the rest of July, we’ll be highlighting our chalk markers and paints, interviewing a few awesome chalkboard artists, and showcasing several projects that use chalk art.

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And as for our MONTHLY MARKER CONTEST, this one’s an easy one. All you need to do to enter is sign up for our Marker Supply E-mail Newsletter! …and that’s it!! Use our handy entry form HERE!
Each month we’ll send you an email featuring some fun informational tidbits from our world of markers. News about what we are up to, new products we’ve added, blog updates, special offers, etc. etc…
(And don’t worry, your info is safe with us- we won’t give your email address to anyone else.)

Already signed up for our newsletter? That’s AWESOME. Thank you!
You can still enter our contest the same way, just put your email address into the contest entry form so you will be included in the drawing!

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**Sign up for our email newsletter = get entered to win a Chalkboard Art Kit!!**
Just submit your email into our entry form HERE!

At the end of July, we will randomly draw from all of the email entries.

ONE grand prize winner will receive a “Chalkboard Art Kit” featuring:
A can of Krylon Chalkboard Paint
-A 10-pack of Zig Posterman paint markers
-Sample packets of SCRUBS cleaner wipes
-And a Strathmore Black Chalk paper pad (available at our sister company, Paper And Ink Arts!!)

FIVE more runner-up prize winners will each win a chalkboard marker gift pack!

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So make sure to enter our contest, check back for more blog updates, and have some fun this month celebrating chalkboard art with Marker Supply!!

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~The Marker Supply Team

Have “chalk art” ideas that you’d like to share? We’d love to see!!
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HOLIDAY DECORATING SERIES- PART 1- MARVY

With the holidays approaching fast, we’ve begun putting together a few lists of marker projects for holiday decorating! Whether you are entertaining guests for dinner, needing fun projects for the kids, or just wanting to make your house or office a bit more festive- keep your eyes here on the Marker Supply blog! We’ll be highlighting products from several different brands, and a few ways you can use them this holiday season!

This 1st Blog in the Holiday Decorating Series features products from Marvy Uchida!

The Marvy Easy Chalkboard Marker

This is one of several new markers here at Marker Supply, and we are excited about it! Chalkboard art is becoming so popular everywhere! This jumbo tip paint marker allows you to easily create a chalkboard surface on paper, wood, and terra cotta! Pair it with the Marvy Bistro Chalk Markers– which will wipe off with just a damp cloth- for easy sign making that you can use over and over!

(Tip: After creating your chalkboard surface, use permanent paint markers (Marvy Decocolor, etc) for the parts of your signs, decorations, etc. that you want to keep there. Then use a water-erasable paint marker (Marvy Bistro, etc) for any part you want changeable. Then when you wipe it with a damp cloth, everything will stay put except for what you want to change!)

Here’s how we used the Easy Chalkboard Marker for the holidays:

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*Dinner party labels!
These next few months are big for parties and all kinds of gatherings- make some easy paper card mini chalkboard signs to help keep everything straight!

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-Add some elegance to the table with fancy place cards!
-Label your food and drinks to help your guests find just what they like!
-Create some unique tags for your gifts!

*Holiday card photo bubbles!
Sending out cards this year? Make something extra special to fill the mailboxes of your family and friends! Cut out some thought or speech bubble shapes on cardboard or thick paper, then color with the Easy Chalkboard Marker. Use larger cut-outs with your friends as a “photo booth” style prop, or place above babies/pets to give them a voice for your photos/cards!

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You can also use some caption bubbles to make a little extra fun for your picture frames!

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*The countdown calendar!
Exciting for the kiddos that wait for Santa, helpful for a busy holiday schedule, or fun to see how many days left of the year- make a countdown calendar to keep track of the time until the day you are waiting for! Paint your chalkboard surface on an object, then use the Bistro Chalk markers or plain chalk to make your numbers & change them each day!

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Marvy Fine Writing Pens

Whether it’s for adding a splash of color to everyday writing tasks like lists and calendars, or if you are doing fancy lettering on holiday letters, cards, & envelopes, even if you just want a nice look when writing on dark paper- you’ll find some great pens from Marvy!

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*Marvy Le Pen
Great for plain OR fancy writing/doodling, the Le Pen’s have an extra fine plastic point
and come in a selection of 18 fun colors!

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*Marvy Gel Reminisce
Try these roller ball gel pens for your cards/lists/scrapbooks and more!
The metallics have an especially nice look on dark papers.

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*Marvy Calligraphy Pens
Available with fine, medium, and broad square tips- and in several different colors- these pens are a great choice for calligraphy and lettering. Doing crafts that need more permanent writing?
Use the Marvy Calligraphy Permanent Marker or the oil-based Decocolor Calligraphy paint pens.

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Marvy Fabric Markers

Marvy has a very large selection of fabric markers that work great for creating custom designs or decorations!

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The Marvy Fabric Markers come in 3 tips sizes and many colors. They are permanent without the need to iron/heat set!

The Marvy Decofabric Markers have a fine bullet tip and also feature a variety of colors and effects.

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Try some Decofabric sets made perfect for the holiday season!

Use fabric markers on clothing- Make special holiday shirts/hats/socks/shoes with your family!
Color on fabric placemats, napkins, or tablecloths- Add some decorative doodles to the dinner table!

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Try coloring some doilies- it’s just like little fabric coloring books!!

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Stay tuned to the blog for more project ideas featuring products from other brands we carry at Marker Supply!

Have any holiday marker crafts that you / your friends & family like to do? We love seeing what creative ideas you guys come up with! Post/tag us on our social media pages or email us!

Do-it-yourself: Making a Chalkboard Wall!

Recently at the Marker Supply office, we turned one of our walls into a chalkboard using Krylon’s Brush-on Chalkboard Paint. Take a look at the process and see how fun and easy this can be to do yourself!

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(Don’t have a whole wall to make a chalkboard? These steps can be followed for a variety of surfaces- tabletops, boards/mirrors for signs, shelves, flower pots, mailboxes, etc. And for even smaller crafts, Pebeo Chalkboard Paint is great for making chalkboards on mugs, photo frames, and more!)

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First, we taped off the edges of our wall to keep the paint in its place. Laying towels or garbage bags on the carpet below to catch drips is also a great idea! Have a window open or a fan blowing to help with ventilation. Make sure your surface is clean and smooth, and primed. Applying a primer to the surface to be painted will seal it, making it non-porous and much better for becoming a chalkboard! Make sure your primer has dried for at least 4-6 hours before painting over.

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Then, using a roller or brush, apply the first coat of paint to the wall. Let it dry for a few minutes and then give it a second coat. Brush-on paint should be dry to the touch within 20-60 minutes, but may take 24 hours to dry completely. If you use spray-on paint for your project, the drying time will be shorter. At least 2 coats are needed to make an effective chalkboard. Some surfaces do the best with a 3rd coat of paint, to be applied after the 2nd coat is completely dry. Krylon Chalkboard paint can be cleaned off of your hands and painting tools with warm, soapy water.

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When the painted wall is good and dry, time to “chalk it up”! Take a piece of chalk and color sideways with the broad edge over the surface of the board, and then smear the marks around. This is called “seasoning”, a process that will fill in any pores of the wall, sealing them and allowing the markers to be applied on and cleaned off more effectively. It will also help prevent “ghosting” of marker ink. Wipe the chalk off with a damp cloth and let dry.

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Now your new chalkboard surface is ready to use! Have fun! When you are ready to change your artwork, chalk and some markers can be removed using only a soft cloth & water, but other markers will need cleaner to get them off. Try our Scrubs do-it-ALL wipes, and use the Zig Chalkboard Cleaner Marker to remove dust and any stubborn leftover marks!

KEEP IN MIND:
*Be careful using certain markers, such as metallics, on painted chalkboards- the contents in the ink may cause the marks to “ghost” onto the wall and be hard to remove. A tip with using metallic chalk markers is to first apply a “base” with a white paint marker and the write over it with the metallic one. This will help keep the metallic ink from reacting as strongly to the chalkboard surface. When using a new marker, try it on a small test area first. If it stains, that spot will need another coat of chalkboard paint.

*When cleaning your board, use DAMP cloths- avoid anything soaked with too much water or cleaner. Really wet cleaning methods can damage the painted surface.

*After painting or cleaning, remember to let the board dry before marking with chalk or markers. The surface is softer when wet, which could cause the marks to soak in and become permanent.

Doing a small craft like a mug? Follow a similar process with Pebeo Chalkboard Paint!
1. Make sure your surface is clean and smooth. If not painting the entire item, have your design thought out- using stencils can be a helpful way to make sure everything will fit and look the way you want. Stencils or painters tape will make it easy to apply the paint only where it needs to be!
2. Using a paint brush, foam brush, or mini roller- apply a coat of the paint. Let it dry a little and paint on another coat.
(If you are making a mug or other porcelain project, try our Pebeo Porcelaine Markers and Paints to add extra designs or words around your chalkboard section!)
3. If doing a mug or other dishes that you intend to use and wash, let the item dry completely (about 24 hours) then bake the painted item at 350° for 35 minutes. This will make your chalkboard surface dishwasher and microwave safe!
4. If you’ve baked your dish, let cool completely. Take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the painted surface in order to seal the pores of the paint and make the chalkboard more effective to draw on and to clean. Wipe the chalk off with a damp cloth and then you are ready to go!

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Since chalkboards aren’t just for chalk anymore, check out some of our markers that work great on chalkboard surfaces!
Posca Markers
Zig Posterman, Wet Wipe, and Illumigraph Markers
Zig Woodcraft Markers

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With the Krylon Chalkboard Paint for walls & signs, Pebeo Porcelaine Chalkboard Paint for smaller crafts, a variety of markers for use on chalkboard surfaces, and even special wipes to clean your boards, Marker Supply has all you need to enjoy doing a project like this yourself!

Food Menu Sign Sets!

Introducing our newest sets of the ZIG Woodcraft chisel markers in special color groups designed for food menu artists! These fun 4-marker sets have colors that will give you a great start in any department!

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Chalkboard art in restaurants, grocery stores, cafés, specialty shops etc. makes a great visual impact on signs and menus and helps advertisements really stand out! Colorfully decorated windows for holidays or special events can also be very attractive to your customers!

The ZIG Woodcraft markers are very popular with artists that do this kind of work. The water-based ink stays on chalkboards, whiteboards, glass and mirrors until removed with general purpose spray cleaner.

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Check out our full line of ZIG Woodcraft Markers to see the colors available to create awesome sign art!

Have some chalkboard/window art that you want to share with us? Email emjae@markersupply.com with your photos! We’d love to see what you do!

 

Talented Chalkboard Artist Designs Eye-Catching Ads with Zig Markers

Trader Joe’s chalkboard artist Mei-Ling knows what it takes to attract customers’ attention for in-store advertising. Mei-Ling handcrafts each board’s eye catching design using ZIG Posterman and Woodcraft markers. The array of colors available provides the perfect palette from which to choose when crafting such elaborate and attractive boards. Complementary colors allow for shading and creative lettering to ensure the wording on each advertisement stands out effectively. When coupled with witty and beautifully crafted graphics, these boards become true works of art. We appreciate Mei-Ling sharing her talents with us!

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