How to Make Your Own Chalk Ink Markers

by Chelsea Hoffman

Chalk markers provide your creations with a pastel-like appearance that has the longevity of permanent markers. They produce a rich, bold texture on a variety of materials from canvas to fabric and allow you to emphasize intricate works of art. Making your own chalk ink markers provides you with a creative task that gives you the opportunity to create your own signature colors for a variety of craft and art purposes.

Grind up about an ounce of white chalk using a mortar and pestle. Grind it into a fine powder.

Add the powdered chalk to about 1/2 ounce of rubbing alcohol.

Introduce five drops of palm kernel oil and three drops of polysorbate 20 to the bowl containing the chalk and alcohol. These ingredients are easily purchased from craft and hobby supply shops.

Stir in powdered mica pigment. Choose any color of your choice to create a chalky creamy version of the hue.

Suck up the mixed solution with a fine-tipped plunger and inject it into the empty marker casing. Repeat steps 1 through 5 with a separate color of mica pigment per each empty marker casing.

Tip

  • Make shimmery markers by using pearl toned mica pigments.

Items you will need

  • Chalk
  • Mortar & Pestle
  • Mica pigment
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Palm kernel oil
  • Glass bowl
  • Plunger
  • Marker tubes

About the Author

The author of such novels as “Planet Omega” and the romantic drama, “Chloe and Louis,” Chelsea Hoffman devotes her time to writing about a myriad of different topics like gardening, beauty, crafts, cooking and medical research. She's published with Dobegreen.Com, The Daily Glow and other websites, and maintains the site Beauty Made Fresh.

Photo Credits

  • colourful markers #3 image by Adam Borkowski from Fotolia.com