February 23, 2016

Chalk Creations Without the Mess: Chalko Chalkboard Markers

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I'm the kind of person that likes to keep things tidy and organized–bins, spreadsheets, and labels are my dear friends! I'm also constantly looking for new ways to streamline things and well...make everything even more organized!

In the past few years, I've noticed this craze with chalk...chalkboard signs, chalkboard paint, etc. With the exception of sidewalk chalk, which is always a lot of fun–I have to admit, I've never really had the desire to use chalk in the house. I guess I'm trying to avoid the potential mess, along with chalk dust circulating through the air. At the same time, I've seen some super cute signs and design creations using the whole chalk/chalkboard system. Plus, the fact that you can easily wipe everything down and start with a clean slate sounds pretty appealing.

I really do like the concept and all that you can do with chalk, but didn't want the mess that came with it. At the same time my joy of labeling, keeping organized, and doing fun children's activities had me pondering if there was a way to make it work. That's when I discovered chalkboard markers! It looks like chalk, it wipes clean like chalk, but without the dust mess that comes with chalk. Sign me up!



I recently starting using these chalkboard markers by Chalko, and I have to say that I'm pretty impressed with the results that I've been receiving. The package contains four of the same markers, so you always have a few extra on hand when one runs out. There's even a set of eight chalkboard labels included, which is extremely convenient for testing purposes. Each marker comes with a 6mm reversible bullet-point tip, so you can write both fine or bold lines easily. Plus, they're non-toxic, dust-free, water based, and don't put off a strong odor like a regular marker would.


Initially, there was a small learning curve involved. Since the markers have to be primed prior to using, I ended up pumping one of the tips a little too much, which resulted in a bit of a mess as the liquid came rushing out. Good thing I had put an old magazine under the marker to protect my table. After realizing that only a few pumps would do the trick, I actually got the hang of it and haven't had the same issue since.


According to the packaging, these particular markers are made specifically for the following "non-porous" surfaces (not sure if a regular chalkboard would be included in this, since there is a disclaimer on the package about that):
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • LED Boards

I've personally tried them (with success) on:

I was honestly very worried about using these on the mirror for the first time. Being an amateur when it comes to chalkboard markers, I wasn't sure what to expect and was paranoid that I wouldn't be able to wash it off. Needless to say, my worries were for nothing. In fact, the markers washed off extremely well. All I used was a damp paper towel and that pretty much did the trick.




I really like the angled tip for more precise writing, especially on the smaller labels. The rounded tip gives you nice broad lines which are great for writing on windows and mirrors. You have to pull the tip out to switch between both. That was probably my least favorite aspect, since you do end up getting some of the liquid on your hands each time you rotate the tips. Perhaps down the line the company could make a version that has the angled tip on one end and the rounded tip on the other.

The opportunity to try these markers couldn't have come at a better time. With my New Years reorganization projects going on around the house, these are really going to come in handy. I'm adding new bins and containers here and there, and plan on using chalkboard labels for some of them. I really love the fact that I can use these markers on those labels, and if I ever decide to change things up, all I have to do is wipe them clean. We're also preparing to start preschool at home, so I know these are going to come in handy for projects with my little one.



I have to say, the Chalko Chalkboard Markers are great to have around the house. These are definitely going to be put to some great use. I find them to be way better than regular chalk, since there's no dust to worry about and they don't smear once dried. They're also great for dry erase boards and you don't have to worry about nasty marker fumes. Plus, the company stands behind their product, by offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Now all I have to do is find a nice pack of colored chalkboard markers to pair up with these.


   
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