Layering chalk paste: tips you might be surprised to learn

Tip & Trick Tuesday

Every Tuesday, I will try and make you aware of useful tips or tricks you might not know about to help you make the best of your Chalk Couture products. It might be about an accessory, or chalk or surface… whatever gem of wisdom and experience my little heart desires to impart to you.

This week, I will let you in on some techniques you may not have known about the when it comes to layering chalk paste.

So what does it mean to layer?

Is it hoodie over t-shirt to stay warm? Maybe it’s a slab of cake on top of another slab of cake? Or maybe it’s something we did to our hair at one point in our life? Well, no. In this case it’s chalking one color over top of another to complete your design. Like this:

Red Layer First…
…then line up white layer
…and Voila! layered design.

Layering is an essential skill in designing great projects. So, here are five tips on making your layered design a successful creation.

5 Fuzz well To successfully layer, you want the transfer to adhere just enough to not scoot across the surface, but not so much that it rips all the paste off the first layer. That would make Baby Jesus cry. That’s where fuzzing the transfer comes in. Just get out your Chalk Couture Fuzzing Cloth and…

4 Let your surface cool back to room temperature. After you blow dry your surface after the first layer of paste, let it cool down. Without being too Sheldon Cooper about it (cos let’s face it, I can’t) the warmer surface seems to somehow activate the adhesive on the transfer and that sucker will tear off that first layer of paste like wax takes hairs off your body. Just don’t.


3 Work as quickly as you can when doing second layer. Time is of the essence with the second layer of paste. Sometimes, the moist (shudder) second layer can cause the first layer to reactivate, which can lead to an unfortunate smudgy mesh of your two colors. This will also make Baby Jesus cry.

2 Lightly place transfer for second layer Like sneaking away from the crib after putting the baby down, you must place your transfer down lightly, but not too lightly that it doesn’t stick. If you press hard, you will most certainly tear up some first layer paste. Kinda like stepping on the creaky board when you sneak away from the crib, waking the little devil, er darling from his 5 minute nap.

1 Slowly peel to reveal Take your time and slowly pull up that transfer. There’s no racing here. (If you ever see me running, you should run too!) Slow and steady wins the no-peel-off-paste race.

Here’s another example of layering chalk paste I did recently using the Beach Vibes transfer.


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