TTCO Chalk Paste Tips
Use our smooth and creamy TTCO Chalk Paste for your wood, glass, paper, metal, ceramic, fabric projects, and more! So buttery from the jar, the paste glides across stencils with a squeegee and creates a matte, chalk finish when dry. You simply cannot get the sharp, crisp stenciled edges from acrylic like you will with our chalk paste.
Check out our tips below and be sure to watch our video to learn how to utilize and revive your chalk pastes. You can also view our Stenciling Tips for info as well. Feel free to Contact Us if you have any questions!
WHILE SHOPPING, KEEP IN MIND:
- Kit & Project Size Jars are designed for just a few uses.
- Workshop & 1 oz Jars are intended to be used for several projects within a short amount of time.
- 2 oz & 4 oz Jars are designed for many or large projects and longer storage. Jars come with liners to help increase shelf life.
IF YOUR CHALK PASTE BECOMES DRY OR TOO THICK:
We've gone through many trials and errors in an attempt to create the perfect chalk paste. Due to the nature of most paints, inks and chalk pastes, products may separate or be dry upon receiving. We've also learned that the smaller the container, the quicker a chalk paste tends to dry out. This is totally normal! TTCO Chalk Pastes have been tested and proven to have a shelf life of greater than a year and can be revived using the following helpful steps:
- Simply add sterile or sealed bottled water to paste by using our Chalk Paste Mister. We highly recommend this mister since it has a fine spray allowing you to better control the amount of water added, but other methods may work in a pinch.
- Stir chalk paste with provided spatula or another tool until paste achieves a yogurt-like consistency.
- If the sides in the container have dried while working on a project, avoid stirring it into the smooth chalk paste portion until after your project is done to avoid a lumpy consistency.
- Once your project is complete, spray dry sides with Chalk Paste Mister to soften and scrape down into the creamy paste. Continue spritzing paste, one to two sprays at a time, until it's thoroughly moistened and mixed with no lumps.
- Store your TTCO Chalk Pastes in a cool place away from direct sunlight.
- Pastes can be easily revived, but may not always fully return to original consistency.
IF YOU USE TOO MUCH WATER:
- Sometimes chalk paste may become too watery and thin if you've added too much water. You can try leaving your container out and opened for 10 minutes or so to allow the paste to dry a bit.
- Once time is up, mix paste well with provided spatula and check for a yogurt-like consistency.
- Repeat steps until your chalk paste seems to be the right consistency.
- Be sure to add only one or two sprays of water at a time and mix well to avoid this problem.
TO HELP PREVENT CONTAMIMATION:
- Always use a clean squeegee and spatula.
- Be sure to use bottled or sterile water any time you add water to your pastes.
- Wash your squeegee and spatula with soap before storing.
- Keep your chalk paste and supplies in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
TURNING CHALK PASTE INTO PAINT:
It's very easy to turn TTCO Chalk Paste into paint. Simply spray sterile or sealed bottled water with Chalk Paste Mister to a scoop of paste in a bowl or palette and mix until smooth and fluid. How much water you add will determine how opaque or translucent your paint will be. Paint will dry with a matte, chalk-like finish.
HEAT SET CHALK PASTE ON GLASS, CERAMICS OR METAL:
- First, make sure your glass, ceramic or metal project is oven safe.
- Allow your chalk paste project to dry and set for one hour after it's completed.
- Place project in a cold oven and set the temperature to 350°F, allowing your project to pre-heat with the oven.
- Bake for 30 minutes then turn off the oven.
- Let your project sit in the oven as it cools down. You can remove it when it's cool to the touch.
- Allow chalk paste to fully cure for 3 days, then your project will be waterproof and top-rack dishwasher safe!