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Product Details: Only Paper & Twine’s Platinum Collection Liquid Chalkers contain the artist quality, hyper pigmented ink that provides bright, beautiful colors with marker tips that don’t dry out or crack. Dust free, these are a dream to use on any non-porous surface like glass, mirrors, desks, and metal. Let your creativity flow!
MSRP: $29.99; At the time of this posting, the are selling on Amazon for $18.99.)
Personal Experience: I was recently given the opportunity to try a fun product called Liquid Chalkers. Think chalk meets marker. These can be used on chalkboards, glass, and other non-porous surfaces. With the coming holidays I have been using them primarily to decorate the windows and mirrors.
The markers have been very easy to use. They truly are as simple as using a typical marker. They have a top that allows you to make narrow and wide marks. The ink flows easily to create designs smoothly. It didn’t run under normal use. (More on that later.) It dried very quickly on every surface that I tried it on. I was able to create many freeform and stenciled designs on several surfaces. With winter and its holidays on the way, I’ve been having a lot of fun using the white to draw snowflakes, snowbanks, and snowmen.
The markers are non-toxic, so I have felt comfortable letting my four-year-old draw with them though it did start to drip all over his hands and down the surface when he used the same marker for a few minutes. He’s finding it fun to use our patio window as a big drawing surface. We have also found the key to getting him to practice writing is letters. It was normally a task that he disliked, but he was actually asking me to make more letters. He sometimes traces mine and sometimes writes below them. It could be a great trick to help your little one.
I love that the ink is very easy to clean up. In most cases I just simply needed a wet towel. If it was on for a length of time, I occasionally needed to use a bit of glass cleaner. I did not personally come across a non-porous surface that wouldn’t clean up, but I did follow their recommendation to test surfaces before using.
I don’t have a chalkboard in our house to test them for that purpose. I don’t think that the colors would be vibrant enough on a dark surface. They’re quite translucent on glass, so I imagine it would be difficult to see these on dark backgrounds. You can’t really double up on the color for a more vibrant look, because coloring over the dried ink works a lot like an eraser.
Overall, it’s a good product for many things and works well. It falls a bit short on vibrancy and it can get runny if you’re using them for an extended time.
Pros: Bright colors. Easy to use. Cleans up easily.
Cons: Colors may not appear vibrant on darker backgrounds. May run with extended use.
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