Something you may not know about me is that I am a huge stationery lover. I love cute notebooks, different styles of pens, craft papers, adorable accessories. You name it, I’ve probably got a secret stash somewhere (remember the gel pen craze of the 00’s?) Something I have never tried before though, is chalk markers. When I was younger, I loved drawing and writing with chalk on the pavements and in the street (we lived in a cul de sac and it was gonna rain and wash it all away anyway) but now, chalk really goes through me. That is until Chalkola contacted me and asked if I’d like to try out their chalk marker pens, and the fun part for you guys, keep reading and you could bag yourself some!
So, what are these Chalkola pens I speak of?
Chalkola chalk pens are basically like chalks (without the feel and the sound when it rubs against a hard surface) but in marker pen form. You can get them in all different colours (like seriously, there are a lot of colours), styles (metallic, thick 15mm nibs & medium-thick 6mm nibs) and they’re all water based, non toxic and child safe! (not that Bear would ever be using these, or at least, not right now).
One thing I really love about these pens, is how they don’t have a scent at all. Because they feel and look like marker pens, you’d generally expect that strong odour that makes you want to put a mask over your face in case of inhalation. But fear not, I even sniffed them once I’d used them to see if there was any scent and there is nothing, nada, zilch. This means I won’t worry every time I use them that they won’t be good for when Bear is around as it might get on his chest.
Another thing I love is just how vibrant they actually are. Now, to get the ink out, you have to shake the pens for around 30 seconds and keep pressing the pen down until ink comes out. It’s a bit of effort I know, and I did lose my rag a little when I was trying to decorate the toy box (I’m so bad at this I’m sorry), but once the ink starts to flow, the colours are wonderful and bright. The chunkier pens, are very much like neon colours & the metallics are pretty much…metallic.
I have to tell you one thing to watch out for, and it did bug me a little I’m not going to lie. With the chunkier pens (the 6mm & 15mm ones) once the ink starts to flow, it is as if there is no stopping it. It flows a little too fast at times and I did find myself with kitchen roll trying to clear up a few errors & smudges. That’s another thing, depending on the surface, you have to remember to let it dry before touching it as it will smudge, and if you’re anything like me, it will frustrate the heck out of you.
As you can see from the pictures, I tried the metallic pens on a small chalkboard & the 6mm ones on the toy box (of course I tried the 15mm ones too but I’m so silly and didn’t take a picture of my ‘artwork’ with those. The smaller pens were lovely to work with, I definitely felt I could have been a little more creative with those, should I have an ounce of creativity in my body. One problem I did encounter, was when I wiped the board with a damp cloth as instructed, everything but the pink pen came off. It definitely faded but it’s still visible. However, the pens wiped off perfectly well on the plastic toy box and the plastic tubs I wrote on.
All in all, I think these pens are fab, though the thicker pens will take some getting used to with the flow, but I’ll just remember to try and take my time and keep an eye on what is coming out and how quickly haha! They make such great alternatives to chalk and marker pens though, they’ll definitely be something I’ll be sending Bear out in the street with to allow his creative juices to flow.
Do you want some money off?
Chalkola have very kindly given me a discount code for my readers to use, should they wish to purchase some chalk pens from Amazon. The code to use for 15% off ALL Chalkola products is;
And for the fun bit; you can win a set of 21 markers (so that’s the 6 metallic ones and 15 6mm nibs) all for yourself to graffiti the floor and re-live your childhood with (or you know, you could obviously use them for something better & more creative). All you have to do, is complete all steps in this rafflecopter widget & the winner will be contacted in 2 weeks (the competition will run for 2 weeks so the winner will be contacted once all entries have been verified) and your details will be passed over to Chalkola so they can get in touch about sending over your items. Good Luck!