One of the biggest questions people have about Chalk Couture is the difference between the chalk and the ink. So here we go
Chalk Couture Chalk
Chalkology Paste was specially formulated for Chalk Couture’s Porcelain Steel Chalkboards. Can also be used on other nonporous surfaces such as mirrors, windows, glass, painted walls and painted furniture. Hard, matte finish when dry.
Chalk Couture Ink
Our Couture Ink offers permanent color when heat set and is ideal for fabric, apparel, and other soft surfaces. Read all use and care instructions for fabulous results, and test a small area on your favorite surface before use.
How many colours are available?
Chalk – currently there are 35 different colours
Ink – currently there are 15 different colours
Can I mix colours together?
ABSOLUTELY, but only mix chalks with chalks and inks with inks And while you can use them both on the same project, make sure that they don’t mix. You can’t heat set the chalk. (Simply put, keep them apart!)
What is the shelf life of the product?
Couture Inks and Chalkology Paste will last longest when stored in its jar, tightly sealed and in a cool, dry place when not in use. Cap immediately after use or between projects to prolong life. Shelf life of Ink is 1 year unopened and 6 months after opening, with proper care (similar to Paste). If you are having a package delivered to you, and you are dealing with extreme temperatures, make sure that the package does not sit outside. The paste can freeze.
Is Chalk / Ink non-toxic?
Yes, but it is not for human consumption and should be kept out of reach of children. Note that the metallic inks do contain trace metals. Any accidental ingestion should be reported to your doctor immediately.
Is there a different “look” in the dry finish between Ink and Paste? (matte, glossy, thickness, rough vs smooth, etc.?)
Yes. The paste is more matte and tends to level on its own. Ink dries more glossy and doesn’t level on its own, you will need to smooth it to get the finish/thickness you desire.
Can I do different “techniques” with the Chalkology paste and couture inks?
MOST DEFINITELY, the techniques like ombre and marbling are trickier with the inks, but it is doable.
If I want to make the Couture Inks permanent, what do I do?
You will need to heat set the ink to make it permanent. Then it is dishwasher safe on plates/cups and washing machine safe on fabrics. The sky’s the limit with Couture Inks.
Can I use the same transfers with both the Chalk Couture Inks and Chalk Couture Pastes?
YEP! But you will want to clean the transfers quickly after using the inks, and you may notice some staining on the silk screening when using the inks, but if you have washed them well, you will not see any issues.