Beate Johns answers your technique questions
Q: dcTDiver asked: "I have never used chalks. What are some easy ways to use them? I've seen other things that have been done with them and love pastels. I just need some ideas to get me started."
The easiest technique with chalks is called Poppin' Pastels. Check our step by step tutorial
Another basic technique is to color images with chalk. After you have stamped your image, pick up chalk with either the little applicators that came with the pastels, Q-tips, or a blender pen and then color your image.
You can also use chalks to add color to heat embossed images. Check our
Pastel Embossing tutorial
for step by step instructions.
Try coloring white grosgrain ribbon with chalks. You can find a tutorial
There are many more chalk techniques, and I hope this is enough to get you started.
Another way to use your chalks is in the Chalkboard technique. Stamp an image in white pigment ink on dark cardstock. Apply chalk over the stamped image while still wet to add color.