Shelley Szcuzcki is a successful Illustrator and creative design artist.
How to Use Chalk Markers on Glass
Liquid window chalk markers or pens are perfect for writing messages and creating art on any glass surface. I've used my liquid chalk pens to paint designs on the inside of store windows for local businesses. Using your pen to adorn a display is a great way to creatively tell a story, decorate for a season, or write up a special menu.
Here's how to maximize their potential!
What You'll Need
- Liquid chalk marker
1. Decide What Direction Your Display Will Face
Should your design face inside or outside? The way that you write your caption or draw your image is dependent on which direction will get the most eyes on it as possible.
For example, in a laundromat, I would put orient writing so that it could be read from the inside. So many people just sit and stare outside. How nice would it be to display a poem or saying so that it can be read from the inside? Don’t forget to mix it with pictures so that the outside can look nice too.
Most of the designs I do are meant to be read from the outside, for example, by people walking down the street. It’s nice to see an original design welcoming you into a store. Because of the easy application process for liquid chalk markers, you could do a different design weekly to entice more traffic.
2. Take Breaks
Don’t forget to take breaks while you're drawing. Your hand can get sore from remaining upright for lengths of time. Also, your eyes can get sore from looking through the glass on a sunny day. Try wearing sunglasses to help with this.
3. Choose the Right Tool
I find that the white chalk markers look the best and stand out the most. The white makes designs look more trendy and modern. I have found, however, that the green markers look good with the white if you need to add additional color. You can see in the photos that I used green for a few trees and blended them with white.
4. Clean up Carefully
The liquid chalk pens I use are water-soluble. Make sure of this before purchasing, otherwise, you will have a messy cleanup process. It will say right on the package that the pens come off with just water and a damp cloth. It's as easy as wiping with a damp cloth to remove the liquid chalk from the glass. The window designs you see pictured above were all removed within half an hour.
Use the liquid chalk pens inside only. They are water-soluble and will wash off with any water. Please do not use them in high-traffic areas, as hands will smudge the design and rub off easily. The marker liquid lasts a long time—as long as it is not touched. It even lasts for a good period in direct sunlight.
Do Designs Look the Best During the Day or Night?
I find the white liquid chalk markers look the best from the inside during the day and the outside when it's sunny. They also look amazing at night from the inside. I hope you learned a few useful tips and are inspired to design your own!
Shelley Szczucki (author) from Ontario Canada on May 15, 2018:
Rama from Sangli on April 13, 2018:
Great idea !
Ahmed2okasha on April 08, 2018: