Tuesday, September 15, 2015

20 Amazing Pictures of #3DChalkArt on Instagram Right Now

Chalk artists have brought 3D chalk art to an entirely new level creating mind-bending optical illusions that will make you a do a double-take. With only chalk and the sidewalk, these artists create masterpieces for the modern, social-sharing world we live in today.

Check out the 20 best pictures of #3dchalkart trending on Instagram right now.

@romtoronto

@chriscarlsonart

@davidzinn

@juliangreg

@sarah.campbell.13

@body_and_street_art

@body_and_street_art

@jaydido

@beccimus

@3d_chalk_drawings

@andrea__catalina

@slybovyu

@broony25

@amazingstreetpainting

@perctuckertcc

@3d_chalk_drawings

@3d_chalk_drawings

@body_and_street_art

@jake_snake_5h1t

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

3 Easy Back to School Organization Ideas to Keep You Sane

As summer nears its end, you can almost hear the collective groans of school-aged children everywhere mourning their losses. Long days without obligations will soon give way to long days in the classroom, and evenings will once again be filled with last-minute projects, soccer and basketball practices. Life simply gets a little more hectic for everyone, so we’ve come up with some great (and fun!) ways to make getting ready for back to school as painless as possible.

Check out 3 easy ways to get and stay organized with back to school chalkboards!

What you’ll need:

Time Management Calendars
Time management is an invaluable tool. Help your child understand how to manage his or her time most efficiently by allowing them to plan out daily after-school activities using their own chalkboard calendar.

Steps:

  1. Make a grid by using a yardstick and a marker, or simply tape the grid onto the chalkboard for a more permanent solution.
    • Your grid should contain five rows and enough columns to contain the hours between the end of school and bedtime.
    • For example: If your child is finished with school at 4 pm and has a set bedtime at 10 pm, your chart should contain six columns.
    • You can create as many time slots as you’d like by simply adding columns.

  2. Label the rows Monday through Friday.

  3. Label the columns in hour, half hour or any other time increments you’d like.
    • Make more simple calendars for younger children by creating a template you can help them fill in, and allow older children to create their own more complex daily timelines.
    • For very young children, this might mean labeling columns “before dinner” and “after dinner,” while older children should break their time slots down further according to their commitments.

We recommend this activity for children of all ages and love it because it provides a visual guide that helps to nurture a sense of independence and responsibility.

Pro Tip: Start by plotting events that aren’t negotiable, like “homework” and “soccer practice,” then fill in the remaining available time slots with activities like “playtime” or “TV hour.”



Rewards Chart
We all know that the best way to nurture a good habit is by making it a rewarding experience. Because your kids’ schedules are likely already jam-packed with activities that will help them along in their athletic and academic success, we recommend focusing on creating a reward system that fosters emotional wellness.

Steps:

  1. Use a chalkboard and create one row using a chalk line or masking tape for each child in your family.

  2. Hang your chalkboard in a common area and note any good deeds next to the child’s name using tally marks or fun symbols whenever he or she exhibits exceptionally helpful, patient or giving behavior.

  3. Reward your kids when the agreed-upon number of tallies has been collected!

We recommend this activity for children of all ages and love it because it’s important to nurture selfless acts of kindness.

Pro Tip: To nurture even better habits, discourage rewards like money or food. Instead, encourage your children to choose activity-based rewards like “bowling with friends” or “having a sleepover,” or educational rewards like books or puzzles.


Ideas Board
Keep the whole family engaged by giving everyone a chance to submit their unique ideas for weekend activities, getaways, staycations and movie nights. Everyone can contribute and no idea is too big or too small!

Steps:

  1. To start an ideas board in your home, simply hang a small chalkboard in a common area and keep an assortment of markers nearby and within reach.

  2. Encourage everyone to contribute their ideas whenever they spring up.

We recommend this activity for children who are old enough to write and we love it because it nurtures your child’s confidence and creativity.

Pro Tip: All ideas should receive acknowledgement and consideration, even those that seem slightly absurd. If you must take ideas off the table, talk to your children about why.



Here are a few more ideas:

  • Keep track of after-school obligations
  • Create color-coded chore lists
  • Solve complex math equations
  • Writes notes to each other
  • Jot down inspirational quotes or ideas
  • Nurture your artistic talents
  • Draw and doodle

Chalk Ink Markers work great on most non-porous surfaces and cleanup is as easy as 1-2-3, so we encourage you to explore!

For more information about Chalk Ink, check out our video guide below!


Monday, July 27, 2015

18 Ways Whole Foods is Winning with Their Chalk Signs

If you’ve ever been to a Whole Foods, it’s pretty likely one of their chalk signs caught your eye. Whole Foods is a stellar example of how to effectively promote your business in a fun and creative way.

Check out these Instagram pics that prove Whole Foods is winning when it comes to creating amazing chalk signs. Some are so awesome, it would be wrong not to call them what they really are – chalk art.


@mrbrownbt


@wfm_nashville


@jeremyrfitzgerald


@illusoryart


@whateverletters


@ccynthialynn


@allie10


@kitchenpride


@wfmwinston


@t_morgan11


@assezcourageux


@fiehh


@delbiyonce


@gary_heng


@sarahsibby


@vegan_preneur


@boba_nett


@lydia_jean


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Chalk Ink Markers - What Are They & How to Use Them

Chalk Ink Markers work like a paint pen but look like chalk. They are perfect for retailers, artists, grocery stores, weddings, teachers, businesses, home design and so much more. Whether you need to decorate a single board or an entire room, these markers are the perfect no-mess solution. Unlike traditional chalk, Chalk Ink Markers are easily erasable, will not smear, and can be used on a wide variety of surfaces. From chalkboards to glass, plastic and metal, liquid chalk markers work on any non-porous surface and easily wipe clean with no residue or shadows!

Chalk Ink Markers:

  • Are fast drying
  • Are available in a wide variety of colors
  • Can be blended and layered for depth
  • Can be used for detailed work
  • Range from extra fine tipped to broad tipped


With many bright, bold and beautiful colors that can be used on numerous surfaces and easily erased when you’re ready, these all-purpose chalkboard markers are guaranteed to help you get the job done – right! Whether you’re ready to announce to the world you’re “Just Married,” your restaurant needs to advertise a new special, or you’re just looking for an inexpensive and innovative way to decorate your home, there’s no better medium than Chalk Ink Markers.

Check out this video to see what our markers really can accomplish!

What have you created using chalk markers? Share with us in the comments below and inspire others!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

10 Best Chalkboard Paint Ideas for Decorating Your Home

Whether you want to get a little bit more organized, want to create an inspiration wall or are looking for inexpensive ways to update your home décor, chalkboard paint can help you with it all! Because chalkboard paint can be applied to any non-porous surface, the design possibilities are endless. Even better – it is extremely affordable and easy-to-use so you don’t have to be rich or an artist to see your visions come to life.

The uses for chalkboard paint are incredibly versatile, so if you are feeling overwhelmed with choices or need a little inspiration, this list is for you!

Check out our top 10 favorite home design ideas using chalkboard paint:


10. Chalkboard Paint Table for Dinner Parties – If you love throwing dinner parties and wine tastings for friends and families you NEED a chalkboard paint table! You can use any table you have lying around or pick one up from your local thrift store. Paint the table with chalkboard paint and let fully dry. Once completely dry, it’s ready to use! Arrange food and wine pairings on the table and use traditional chalk or a liquid chalk marker to label each delicious item. And when it comes time for you to be the hostess with the mostess again, simply wipe clean with a little bit of water!



9. Outdoor Chalkboard – If you have kids, this one is definitely for you! You can either purchase a blackboard or use chalkboard paint to create an outdoor hanging art wall for your kids to unleash their imaginations on - time and time again. The best part: it encourages creativity and gets your kids outside in the fresh air away from screens!



8. DIY Framed Chalkboard – This is perfect for repurposing broken frames or creating your own wall art. If you have a picture frame or broken mirror you are no longer using, you can create an inspirational saying board for just a few dollars! Use the frame or mirror as-is or paint it a bright, fun color. Next, paint the frame or mirror background with chalkboard paint and let fully dry. Viola! You know have the perfect place to write inspirational quotes and sayings to brighten up your day, every day.



7. Chalkboard Paint Plant Markers – If you grow fresh herbs or love to fill your home with plants, take note of this DIY garden project from Garden Therapy. Simply paint wooden sticks with chalkboard paint, let dry and then use a chalk marker in your color of choice to label individual plants and herbs. If you plan on using your plant markers outside, be sure to use a water resistant marker so they don’t get washed away in the rain!



6. Reusable Spice Containers – This one is great if you’re looking to organize your spice cabinet in a unique and innovative way. It is also particularly useful if you like to buy loose spices in bulk from your local grocery store. Using an empty jar (baby food containers, old spice jars, etc.), paint the lid with chalkboard paint and let fully dry. Remove old, existing labels using warm water and soap. Once the jars and the chalkboard paint has fully dried, fill with your spice(s) of choice and use a wet wipe chalk marker to label the contents of each container. It’s that easy! The best part? With just a little bit of water you can reuse your new storage jars over and over again. Eco- and time-friendly!



5. Chalkboard Bookcase – Spice up any plain-old boring bookcase by adding black chalk paint to the back. You can ultimately use any color chalkboard paint for this project, but black really makes everything pop! It’s a fun and easy décor element you can add to bring new life to a room without spending money and buying brand new furniture.



4. Chalkboard Calendar – With hectic schedules, appointments, meetings and social events, we could all use a little help staying organized. Using chalkboard paint to create a chalkboard organizer is incredibly easy but there are ways to make it your own and complement the aesthetic of your home or office. We love the rustic feel of this old window chalkboard calendar. Bonus: repurposing materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill. It’s a win-win!



3. Organize Your Kitchen Like A Pro – If you can never seem to remember how many teaspoons are in a tablespoon or you have to dig and search for the measuring cup you need, this one is for you! With only chalkboard paint, a couple hooks and some chalk you can organize your kitchen like you’re a modern-day Julia Child. Write out measuring equivalents for quick and easy reference and hang measuring cups and other kitchen gadgets to cut down on clutter and clear out your kitchen junk drawer.



2. Chalkboard Menu – Chalkboard menus are not just for restaurants and cafes. If you like to plan out your meals for the week or are looking for a cool and innovative way to let your family know what’s for dinner, get inspired by this chalkboard menu you can create just about anywhere in your home or kitchen with minimal effort!



1. Chalkboard Subway Tile Backsplash – Give your kitchen a much needed face lift without spending thousands on new countertops or appliances. Using black chalkboard paint and a white chalk marker, The Blooming Hydrangea created a faux subway tile backsplash that we just can’t get enough of! Get the step-by-step instructions here.

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