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Stamping 101: Chalking

Chalking is a great way to color stamped images. Chalks are easy to use and you get to feel a little like an artist!

About chalks
Chalks are not expensive, and a set will last you ages. Even if the chalks get broken, theyre still good. There are tons of different colors out there but a Basic Chalk Set is the best for starting. These Metallic Cream Chalks are great for a sultry shimmer look.

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Applying chalk
Most chalk sets include sponge applicators or come with a handled gripper tool and tiny pom poms for application. Inexpensive cotton swabs are great because you can use a new applicator for every color. Opt for the store brandthe cheapest cotton swabs work the best! Of course, you can also apply the chalk with your fingerprobably the easiest method around!

Chalk, by nature, has a very soft lookeven the darkest colors in your palette will turn delicate on your paper. You can apply it by sweeping it onto your paper, or using a circular motion. It works best on porous papers, like patterned paper or cardstock, you can use it on glossy paper but the color will be very, very faint.

Blending colors
You can blend chalk colors on your paper or on the applicator itself. To blend color on the paper, apply one chalk color to the paper, then another color over the top of the first.

To blend colors on the applicator, dip the applicator in one chalk color, then in a second; rub the applicator on the paper, creating a new color. For example, first apply brown to the applicator, then red; as theyre applied to paper, the two colors mix to create burgundy.

Subtle and multiple colors can be achieved, using two or three colors together, such as red and orange, orange and yellow, or red, orange, and yellow.

Use an applicator to rub the chalk around the edges of a stamped image and any areas that would normally be in shadow. For a different look, shade the center instead, leaving the outer edges without chalk.

You can create highlights two ways: One method is to apply a light chalk to dark paper. Another technique is to shade an area with a darker color, then highlight the area next to that with a lighter color.

If you happen to make a mistake, an artists white plastic eraser will remove any excess chalk without leaving any marks, and will also clean up any stray chalk marks or mistakes. A Chalk Eraser also works. Chalk may also be added again after erasing. Pencil erasers will not give the same resultsand they might leave a dark smudge and also contain some oil.