Tutorial: Using Chalk Pastels to Stamp!

Howdy folks! My crafty mojo made an appearance today while I was playing with my chalk pastels.

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It got me to thinking, chalk ink is expensive but you can get  set of student grade chalk (aka soft) pastels at the craft store for cheap (48 for $10) so I used said cheap pastels to stamp with, have a look:

Extra bonus, this is a technique that I would use the expensive inktense blocks with and the pastels work just as well and they are more in the price range of average crafters. What’s more most of us have some type of pastel or decorator chalk in our stash from 10 years ago when it was all the rage (yes, if you can pop those suckers out of the palette they came in you can use them!)

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I love that you can stamp on dark-colored cardstock with these too! Is there no end to the fun we can have with these inexpensive goodies? Now, I got a lot of questions on YouTube about whether the stamped image needs to be sealed. Well, before I took the photos I rubbed may hand over the images, no smudging at all. Another reason I would not seal them is that it might darken the color or make them disappear on dark cardstock, also sometimes fixatives will make paper brittle over time (especially if you are a cheap skate like me and use Aqua-Net as a sealer LOL!)

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So there you have it! Another use for an old product you probably already have, if not you can obtain them cheaply. I spied many sets that looked pretty good for under $10 at my local ACmoore. Look for rich, vivid colors and you can’t go wrong. In case you are wondering if you should spend big bucks on artist grade pastels ask yourself this: Are you going to paint a picture with them? Do you have children who will share them with you? Do you have proper ventilation? I love artist grade pastels and I paint with them. The colors will last longer because they contain pigments, some of which are toxic such as cobalt, cadmium, and other baddies and you shouldn’t breathe the dust. You don’t have to worry so much about student grade products because they are non-toxic, I don’t recommended breathing the dust on purpose or anything but they are a lot safer and the results will still be lovely. Chances are if you are using them in a scrapbook, journal or card they will not be hanging in direct sunlight for an extended period of time either, the cheap stuff is fine for this, BTW all of the chalk in the scrapbook “archival” aisle is the cheap stuff with a bigger price tag. You’re welcome.  I hope this project unleashed some creativity in you today, feel free to share what you have created by leaving a link in the comments, I’d love to see! Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

25 Responses

  1. Beautiful Lindsay! Not only do I own pastel chalks, but I actually own that very stamp. I’ve had it for quite some time and it has been one of my favorites. I had no idea that you could use the chalks in this way. I’ll be trying that tomorrow. I have often stamped that stamp in white on craft cardstock and that is a very clean and simple look.

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  2. This was just so pretty and easy looking as well. Just had a card out to finish and my mojo was down so I walked away and now I now what I am going to do with it….Thank you for all you do for us

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  3. Just love everything you do Lindsey ,thank you for your time and effort,I have learned so much from you,don’t get snowed in. Xoxox

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  4. Love the idea! I have a set of pastels that were collecting dust. Had they not been so cheap I would have had buyers remorse. Glad I held onto them! See?!? This is why we hoard craft supplies… just when you think you can never use something you own, along comes a new technique or idea. Thanks for the inspiration Lindsay!

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  5. I’m definitely going to get some more use out of my pastels now. Thanks once again Lindsay for showing us a new (new to me) technique.

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  6. Don’t have any…but love what you did with them!!! TFS Lindsay!
    Jan

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  7. Saw this on your YT channel last night. Awesome idea – great possibilities – you are always so innovativve

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  8. great post and inspiration ….. a whole new idea for me to play with. Thanks so much

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  9. Great video and effect, you make it look so easy and I love your enthusiasm. Lindax

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  10. Oh wow. Had some of those chalk blocks for years and have never used them. I will now. I love the stamped background especially. Thank you so much for this.
    Beryl xx

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  11. These cards are lovely, I look forward to giving them a try, I really enjoy your blog and tutorials keep them coming…..

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  12. Great idea! I have some of those in my stash and rarely use them. They are coming out as soon as I get home! Cannot wait to try this.

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  13. Had no idea one could use chalks this way. I have a student grade set I bought when I started out making cards. Must give this a go. Really like the way this turned out. TFS!

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  14. Alas, the only chalk I have is the set from Stampinup. Thanks for sharing another great idea.

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  15. Hi Lindsey, loved the chalk video today, so pretty. I dont have chalk sticks like you used but I do have several palates of the Pebbles Chalk little circles that come with cotton Pom Poms. Can this chalk be used to make something like this also?? Thanks.

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    • if you and get it out of the palette, the pebbles are very soft, you can stamp with clear ink and dab it with chalk from pom-poms too!

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  16. O-M-Gosh!! Wow! Thank you Lindsay! I have a bunch of chalk pastel sets from a class I used to teach. I will definitely be trying this.

    Side note: totally off-topic of this post… Have you ever tried Oyumaru modelling compound? If so, what did you think of it? Tips tricks etc? I got some off eBay for like $2 for 6 pieces or more and was going to try it later this week but immediately thought of you and wondered if you had used it and figured out all the “do’s and dont’s” already and possibly save me a few failures. LOL

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  17. Love this technique and am very anxious to haul out my old chalks and try it! Thanks!

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  18. Lindsay, can this be done with acrylic stamps? I have one I really wanted to try this with but I just can’t get it to work! Any ideas?

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    • try lightly scuffing the acrylic stamp with an emery board then the pastel should stick, remember to we the stamp before coloring with pastel:)

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      • Yeah, I re-watched the video to make sure that I was doing it right. I tried multiple times with different amounts of water, both before applying the pastels and after. It just doesn’t want to stamp. It has stained the stamp (which doesn’t bother me)… in fact it looks beautiful! Wish I could get that on paper!!! I will keep at it cause I really want this to work. Thanks for the speedy reply!

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      • Lindsay, I finally gave up. This technique works like a charm on my rubber stamps, but not the acrylic (with or without the emery board scuffing). They work just fine with ink, so they will just have to remain ink-only stamps. If you get to messing around with your pastel chalks again, see if you get it to work with acrylic stamps, and please let us know if there are any special tricks. Thanks!!!

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