How to Make Your Own Chalk Ink Markers

Written by chelsea hoffman | 13/05/2017
How to Make Your Own Chalk Ink Markers
Making your own markers emphasises your artistic creations. (colourful markers #3 image by Adam Borkowski from

Chalk markers provide your creations with a pastel-like appearance that has the longevity of permanent markers. They produce a rich, bold texture on a variety of materials from canvas to fabric and allow you to emphasise intricate works of art. Making your own chalk ink markers provides you with a creative task that gives you the opportunity to create your own signature colours for a variety of craft and art purposes.

Grind up about an ounce of white chalk using a mortar and pestle. Grind it into a fine powder.

Add the powdered chalk to about 14.8ml of rubbing alcohol.

Introduce five drops of palm kernel oil and three drops of polysorbate 20 to the bowl containing the chalk and alcohol. These ingredients are easily purchased from craft and hobby supply shops.

Stir in powdered mica pigment. Choose any colour of your choice to create a chalky creamy version of the hue.

Suck up the mixed solution with a fine-tipped plunger and inject it into the empty marker casing. Repeat steps 1 through 5 with a separate colour of mica pigment per each empty marker casing.


Make shimmery markers by using pearl toned mica pigments.

Tips and warnings

  • Make shimmery markers by using pearl toned mica pigments.

Things you need

  • Chalk
  • Mortar & Pestle
  • Mica pigment
  • Polysorbate 20
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Palm kernel oil
  • Glass bowl
  • Plunger
  • Marker tubes

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