Have you heard of the fastest growing craft company, Chalk Couture? I thought it was just another stencil company. But it’s so much more than regular stencils. And easier to use.
This post is updated often as new techniques, and videos are completed.
What is Chalk Couture
The product line consists of:
- Transfers – vinyl sticky backed sheets created like silkscreens.
- Chalkology Paste – Jars of beautiful chalk based paste applied to surfaces.
- Chalkology Ink – Jars of beautiful inks to apply to glass, metal, and fabric.
- Surfaces – The line of black and white based boards, frames, wood signs, fabric pillow covers, totes, and bags.
- Accessories – Squeegees, the multi-tool, and other goodies you can add as you continue to create.
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Why I picked Chalk Couture
As a blogger, I get many requests and opportunities from many companies to sell their products. As long as the product fits our DIY world, I research the company and product. If I like the company standards, see earning potential and LOVE the product, I go for it. Chalk Couture is the first company that fit.
Direct Sales Company
When I realized Chalk Couture was a direct sales marketing company, I stopped my research. I’m the gal that hosted a Tupperware party, invited all the ladies up and down our street, only to have two people show up. Me and the Tupperware representative! I started researching again when I talked to friends (bloggers and non-bloggers) about the selling possibilities.
Chalk Couture allows many different ways to sell. Online, pop-up shops, workshops, live events or create home decor using Chalk Couture and sell online or local. A direct sales company you can make money at any level!
Transfers vs Stencils
Chalk Couture Transfers differ from stencils in that they have silkscreen material that paste is pushed through to the surface using a squeegee. With stencils you use a flat round stencil brush and pounce or swirl the paint on the surfare through the cutout areas. There’s no pouncing or swirling of the paintbrush with Chalk Couture transfers.
What is the learning curve to use Chalk Couture?
If you’ve ever used a stencil, Chalk Couture is easier. If you’ve never stenciled, Chalk Couture is a breeze. I suggest starting with an easy project first. Work your way up to a multilayer transfer with many colors on the window glass.
How to use Chalk Couture?
Basic supplies to get started
Decided if you plan to use Chalk Couture surfaces or something you have at home. I suggest using one of their surfaces for your first try. The surfaces are made for the paste. Even though, I’ve had amazing results on old chalkboards set in an old window, a piece of wood, and on an old book.
Picking your transfer is the hardest part.
Note: along the left side you can view transfers by size. Also, note the surfaces match the sizes of the transfers.
Next, pick the Chalkology Paste or Ink. The luscious colors go well together, just pick your favorite color. But if your surface is black chalkboard, then black velvet or bark may not show well. The paste is not paint but chalk in a paste form. It is water based. If you paste ever dries out, squirt a bit of water using a spray bottle. Then mix to the desired consistency. The paste dries quickly.
Finally, get a squeegee. The small squeegee works great for most projects and especially for your first project. Squeegees help push the paste through the silk screen.
Addition supplies to have on hand.
-Cake pan or shallow plastic bin with 1/2 inch of cool water to clean your transfer.
-Towel to “fuzz” the transfer.
-Marker to mark the back of the backing sheet of the transfer.
– A few paper towels
-Cleaning wipes, these work amazingly.
Basic steps for your first Chalk Couture project
- Remove the backing from the transfer. Lay the sticky side on a towel to “fuzz” the back. This helps remove the transfer from the surface when finished.
- Lay the transfer on your surface. Make sure to lay smooth and lift to remove any air bubbles. I use my finger to go over the silkscreen areas well.
- Open your Chalkology Paste and remove the seal. Stir with a craft stick or a Chalk Couture stir stick. The paste should be the consistency of sour cream.
- Add a small amount of paste on your squeegee. Apply over the transfer using the squeegee to move over the silkscreen areas.
- When the areas are covered, use the squeegee to remove any excess paste on transfer, and scrap back into the jar.
- Lift the transfer. Life from top to bottom or side to side. Lifting corner to corner may stretch the transfer.
- Lay the transfer sticky side down in the water.
- Add the lid on your paste, it dries quickly.
- Use the cleaning wipes to clean the transfer. Then lay on your towel, sticky side up to dry. When dry add the backing and your transfer is ready for your next project.
- Admire your first Chalk Couture project.
- Go make another one because now you’re hooked!
More Ideas for Chalk Couture projects
Additional videos coming soon
Reverse transfer on glass
Chalk Couture on wood
Mistakes and how to fix them
Since I tend to push DIY to its limits, I’ll add more as I make mistakes. Although Chalk Couture is easy to use.
I removed the transfer and noticed I missed a spot.
Solution – Replace the transfer and fix the area.
When I removed the second transfer from a layered project, some of the first layers of chalk came off with the transfer. As in the pickup.
Solution – Use a blow dryer or craft dryer to dry the chalk faster, on the coolest setting. Then, lay the second transfer. Or let the chalk dry for a few minutes.
Some of my paste is drying, while I’m working on other areas.
Solution – Use a damp paper towel to cover areas already completed.
While removing the transfer from the backing, the transfer stuck to itself.
Solution – Place your transfer in your cool water and slowly let the water help release the transfer from itself.
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