I have a new love and I am constantly thinking about creative ways to use this fun new product I found. My new bestie is called A Maker’s Studio Chalkart. ***Update to this post, I tried Chalk Couture, but have switched to A Maker’s Studio products because I LOVE the artwork and style so much more plus there is a wider variety of products available beyond the stencils. The products are very similar and the information here applies to both! I have no issue with Chalk Couture, just a personal preference!***I have a friend that was making all kinds of cute stuff and I had to jump on the bandwagon. Today I am going to show you the basics and tell you why I love A Maker’s Studio! Here is everything you need to know about Chalkart to get a project started and finished! This post contains affiliate links, which means if you make a purchase I might may a small commission, your price stays the same.
First of all, I love this product because literally ANYONE can create with success using it. You don’t have to be a talented painter or hold a paintbrush just right, you don’t even need a ton of tools or time. The projects are quick, professional looking and repeatable!
You can create fun stuff for your own home, as gifts or even to sell if you want to sell things in a booth or online. You can even sell A Maker’s Studio if you are as smitten as I am. They are AMAZING for personalized gift giving!
Here are the basics, because I had to have this explained to me multiple times, but it is easy. There are TWO different products you need to know about, Chalkart and A Maker’s Studio Paint. (update, now THREE! Gel Art Ink is now here and it is amazing – permanent ink for your fabric projects!!!)
Chalkart is a non-permanent product you can use on almost any surface in conjunction with Maker’s Studio transfers (more on this in a minute). For instance if you want to decorate a chalkboard seasonally you would LOVE this product. You simply select a transfer, wipe on your Chalkart, remove the transfer and you are done. When you are ready to change things up you rinse your chalkboard with water and wipe off the Chalkart. If you want to make a permanent design you will need to seal this product. The type of sealer will depend on the surface you apply it to. You may want to use a wax or clear polyurethane, clear spray paint or the like. There is a beautiful matte sealer available from A Maker’s Studio here. The Chalkart paint is recommended for nonporous surfaces such as mirrors, windows, glass, painted walls and painted furniture. Once the product dries (which happens rather quickly) it has a hard matte finish. Rescue Restore Paint is for best for a permanent finish. When it is heat set it’s permanent and is great for apparel, fabric and soft surfaces. You can use it on other surfaces as well. I have a few t-shirt and bag ideas in mind. 🙂 You can now use the Gel Art Ink for fabric projects, you will need to let it dry and then heat set it with an iron after about two hours once completely dry.
Here is step by step pictures of how easy it is to use Chalkart and Mesh Stencils:
- Start by selecting a stencil. The transfers are different than a regular stencil you may be used to. They have a fine mesh in the “cut out” part that allows the paste to go on. Each transfer has a sticky back and is RE-USABLE! There is a HUGE selection of transfer options and they can all be mixed and matched for unlimited designs, plus they have fonts (so cool). There are also multiple different sizes of transfers to choose from so you can find something for just about any project or budget.
- Apply the transfer to your project surface, I like to start by laying down from the middle out or one side to the other, smoothing and realigning any bubbles or folds as I push it down. Rub transfer to make sure the edges are applied firmly.
- Select your Chalkart color, Gel Art INK or Rescue Restore Paint and stir it up. 4. Using a squeegee tool, scoop a little bit of paint onto the transfer and smooth across the transfer kind of like icing a cake, but really thin. Different surface take the paint medium differently. If you are getting a bleed don’t press so hard. If the details aren’t crisp, be more firm. You can also thin your paint with a touch of water if they dry up. Just add a VERY small amount and stir well. 5. Make sure you cover the transfer and smooth any product build up lines for a nice smooth surface.6. Put the excess product back in the jar to use next time. A little goes a long way.7. Remove your transfer. Two important tips: the products dry quickly so remove the transfer quickly. Also when removing the transfer pull from the top and bottom or sides, NOT from the corners. Pulling from the corners can stretch your transfer and disfigure it. 8. Wash your transfer quickly under warm water to remove the excess product. You can also use disinfecting wipes to help clean the transfers. Sometimes I use a scotch pad to scrub the surface and remove the paint stuck on the dark part of the transfer.9. To store your transfers wash them and allow to dry then stick them back on the glossed paper they came with, I keep mine all together in a baggie.10. You can layer transfers and colors, you can also mix colors on the same transfer for an ombre or multi-color effect. Honestly, the combos are limitless. If you are layering transfers let each layer dry completely before moving to the next, should only take a few minutes. 11. If you want to re-chalk over and over you are done! (see how I just wipe off part of the sign with a wet rag above!?) If you want to make this design permanent seal it with the appropriate sealer. If you used the Gel Art INK heat set it to make it permanent.
Here is a link to my favorite Maker’s Studio products. You can see this simple project takes next to no time and can be done over and over! A Maker’s Studio has some great surfaces you can purchase from them to chalk on but really, you can get great pieces at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s and you probably have potential projects all over your house! I got this slate from the dollar store!
I have some REALLY CUTE projects I’ve done on Facebook Lives videos and if you are interested in joining my team and selling it or buying it just to make products to sell you can join my team when you click the BECOME A MAKER BOSS button on the Maker’s Studio page or message me directly with questions! I’d love to work and play alongside you (we have a super fun private Facebook group for sellers with tips and incentives!) Last but not least if you just want to see more fun ideas I have a FREE Facebook group you might want to join, I share new ideas, products and promos here all the time! It is called the Crafty Maker Club, click to join! Scroll here for project ideas…
Here is a gorgeous Bee pillow idea:
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