Here’s a quick word from Chalkola themselves: “Here at Chalkola, our philosophy is pretty simple: live a vibrant life. And we think the best way to accomplish that is through pure, joyful, freedom of expression. That's the idea behind our chalk markers: Unlimited bright, rich, vivacious colour. 21 incredible choices at your fingertips. Freedom to choose the perfect surface. Anytime creativity strikes. Ultimate flexibility to wipe and start again. Life changes. So can your design. All the ingredients for an incredible creative experience (we know, our customers told us).”
I was sent a lovely pack of Chalkola’s new 21 Markers which include a beautiful set of 6 metallic markers within the pack. I also received the chunky 15mm Markers which come as a pack of 8 bright neon colours. Both sets looked very exciting and when the kids spotted them that was it, we had to get them open straight away and try them out.
The kids have an early learning centre easel that has a chalkboard on one side and a whiteboard on the other. This was the perfect starter to our Chalkola investigating so I set that up ready to go. I then opened the pens and read the instructions on how to get them started. For the 15mm chalk markers it was advised to shake the pen well before pumping the nib a few times to get the ink flowing. True to form it took about 3 minutes or so per marker to get the ink to fill into the nib completely so that the kids could use them to write and draw. Make sure when shaking the marker that you keep the lid firmly on as the toddler shook it with the lid off and it splattered a bit. Luckily it’s easily cleaned with a wet wipe thankfully.
Once the 15mm markers were ready to go the kids were delighted to draw and write on the chalkboard side of the easel. The colours were so vibrant and definitely neon. Logan was thrilled with the results and wanted to make sure and try out every marker he could get his hands on. Harlow too was just as excited by all the gorgeous colours and proceeded to copy her brother with some scribbles. After this I turned the easel around and let the kids have a go on the whiteboard side. The markers worked just as well and the colours didn’t run or drip like I thought they might. I did find that the bigger markers took a wee while to dry, not long, but that's only if you were using a lot of ink to colour something in. You’re not going to really be touching the ink hopefully so shouldn’t be a problem.
The 15mm markers come with a few benefits which I thought was really good. They have a 3 in 1 nib so you can write thick, medium or thin and they have a massive 28g of ink so won’t be running out any time soon. The fantastic thing about these chalk markers is that not only do they write on chalkboards and whiteboards but they write on most non-porous surfaces like your windows or cars windows and mirrors! It’s brilliant and perfect for business as well as for family use.
The 21 markers (with 6 metallic markers included) have a much smaller nib at 6mm but this is perfect for writing on things like labels, small signs or maybe even toy storage boxes? Harlow has a nice storage unit in her bedroom with little chalkboard plaques on the front and these pens are perfect for writing and decorating them. The 6 metallic markers which are included with this pack look amazing when writing with them. They’re so fancy and some would definitely be great for Christmas time. We have a big mirror in our hall and I can see myself writing Merry Christmas or something on it over the festive period.
Both sets of pens were super easy to wipe off both the chalkboard and whiteboard. One of the blue pens seemed to leave a bit of a ghosting mark on the whiteboard but it looks to have died down now. No other colours did this, only the blue pen but apart from that the kids and I have really enjoyed using these chalkboard markers. Once prepped the ink flows smoothly and easily which allows for some beautiful drawings or scribbles in Harlow’s case. The 15mm markers cost £14.95 per pack and the 21 markers cost £16.90 per pack.
For my lovely readers there’s a brilliant 15% off code you can use to get your own set of chalk pens. Just enter 15OFFSTR at the checkout. Or you can simply enter my giveaway below via the rafflecopter widget to win a Pack of 21 Chalkola Markers.