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Introducing…Chalk Ink!

Posted: September 22nd, 2009 | Author: Katie | Filed under: Simple Solutions |

Here’s the game:

Let’s see if you can see a pattern:




Did you guess all chalkboard items?


But look closer... what is missing? 

Where is the chalk?! Well that is my little pet peeve. I HATE chalk. My mother-in-law says hate is a strong word, isn’t it? Okay, let’s use, dislike. And along with Beckie, here are my reasons why:

1. It gets on your hands.

2. It is hard to write evenly.

3. It smears.

4. It smells.

5. It comes in pastels.

 I just love the look of all these chalkboard items but I have never wanted to decorate them with chalk so I have resorted to a permanent marker that looks like chalk, magnets, or tags. Until Beckie, my other chalk disliker, tipped me off on Chalkink. She was having a giveaway on her site and since I didn’t win, I thought I needed to buy my own and get writing.

This is the same stuff that they use at Panera, Starbucks, WholeFoods, and JuiceStop, and all those other places that the chalkboards look incredibly beautiful and look like they were written in real chalk. I have just always thought some artist goes around town and gets paid big bucks to do her work. But now I know it is Chalkink! You can use it on almost any surface and it just wipes right off with water, but it doesn’t smear and it doesn’t leave any chalky residue. 


So I drew pictures on my chalkboard buckets.





I wrote titles on the pool chalk board:



And I am using them on my picture frame monthly calendar that I hung on the chalkboard in my office. 



And yes, wipes right off!

(I know…it’s not October yet, but close enough for me!)


Where to get it?

You can get them at your local Micheals store or you can order them too here. You can even get 10% off when you use CIW as the promotional code thanks to Beckie

♥ Katie

{Works for Me Wednesdays}


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15 Comments on “Introducing…Chalk Ink!”

  1. 1 Lindsey O. said at 4:17 pm on September 22nd, 2009:

    oh gee…like I needed another reason to go to Michaels! I had no idea you could use that type of marker on chalkboard paint! Much better idea than dusty sneezy chalk. Thanks for the tip! :)

  2. 2 Becca said at 3:52 am on September 23rd, 2009:

    Brilliant! Thanks for the tip!

  3. 3 Leanne said at 12:36 pm on September 23rd, 2009:

    That is amazing and looks so good. Thanks for the great info. I guess I’m off to spend some money, not on chalk.

  4. 4 Michelle said at 9:20 am on September 24th, 2009:

    I’m not a fan of chalk either! I haven’t joined in on this chalkboard craze because of it either. You may have just solved my dilemma… I may just have a chalkboard project this next week. Thanks!

    And I love your blog, it’s great! Feel free to visit us at FTSN sometime soon :)

  5. 5 Mandy said at 2:29 pm on September 24th, 2009:

    Thanks for the tip!
    I hate chalk, too. I’ll have to go find some chalkink!

  6. 6 Laurel said at 7:46 pm on September 24th, 2009:

    This is a great tip - I’m not a fan of chalk. I don’t like the way it feels on my fingers.

  7. 7 Southern Fried Gal said at 9:54 pm on September 24th, 2009:

    Love it - thanks for the tip!!!

  8. 8 Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said at 7:12 am on September 25th, 2009:

    I came over from Hooked on Houses. I’m so glad to hear about this! I have a really nice framed chalkboard that I rescued from being thrown away, and I was thinking about the chalk issue. I love this as an alternative to a regular stick of chalk.

  9. 9 Fifi Flowers said at 11:05 am on September 25th, 2009:

    Thank you for the tip… I will have to look into this!

  10. 10 Rose from FineCraftGuild dot com said at 1:23 pm on September 25th, 2009:

    Wow, I had never heard of that chalk ink. That indeed looks like good stuff….

    I just featured an article about transforming a fridge into a chalkboard as a ‘back to school’ project, but now… with this idea, it can actually look neat and pretty rather than rough and chalky… although there is a place for chalk (besides the garbage can ha ah)

  11. 11 gail said at 6:47 pm on September 25th, 2009:

    cool! thanks for the great tip!
    your stuff looks fab!

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