Chalk Marker Review

One question I get asked frequently is what brand of chalk markers I use and where to buy them, so I thought I would do a little review of the brands I’ve used.  This is in no way all-encompassing because there are many brands of chalk markers.

Chalk Marker Review

I’ll review four brands in this post.

The first brand, Craft Smart, was the first chalk marker I bought.  I believe I found it at Michael’s Craft Store over a year ago.  While it is not my favorite marker for writing smoothly, it was the one that erased cleanly without the need for a Magic Eraser.

  • Tip: broad chisel
  • Likes: erases easily with damp cloth, ability to draw details with pointed tip
  • Dislikes: uneven edges, not very smooth, somewhat transparent

Chalk Marker Chisel Tip

Broad Tip Chalk Marker

Next, I used the Super Chalk brand marker.  The ink seemed to fill the tip and write better than the Craft Smart brand, but there was a “scratchy” feeling to its writing.  The appearance of the writing was fairly smooth, but it did leave thin wispy lines on the sides of the writing occasionally (not really visible in the picture below).  It was also the marker I used to write on the vinyl labels that did not erase without the Magic Eraser.

  • Tip: round, broad lines
  • Likes: chalk ink filled the tip nicely and left a full, even level of chalk when writing
  • Dislikes: does not erase easily without a Magic Eraser, round tip leaves wisps, scratchy feel

Super Chalk Marker

Round Tip Chalk Marker

Next, I tried the Chalk Ink brand marker.  I liked this broad chisel tip marker much better than the Craft Smart for its smooth writing ability.  The ink filled the tip fully and wrote very cleanly, resulting in a great opaque look.  As you can see in the picture below, with this chisel tip I was able to get smooth lines with the broad edge and also a fine tip using the point.

  • Tip: broad chisel
  • Likes: very smooth writing, excellent ability to draw details with pointed tip, even chalk distribution, opaque
  • Dislikes: may need to use a Magic Eraser to erase completely

Chalk Ink Marker

Lastly, I tested the Marvy Uchida Bistro Markers.  These were my favorite markers (although the Chalk Ink brand was a close second).

  • Tip: round, narrow lines
  • Likes: very smooth writing, excellent ability to draw details, erased with a damp cloth, variety of colors – some are very pretty
  • Dislikes: colors (other than purple) were a little too fluorescent for my taste.

Bistro Chalk Marker

As you can see in this picture, the lines of the Marvy Uchida markers are much more narrow than those written with the Super Chalk markers.  However, this is a matter of personal preference and depending on your project, the broad lines may be the desired effect.  I found the narrow lines much easier for writing on a small label as well.

Chalk Marker Review

I created an Easter design on one of my chalkboard signs using my favorites of the markers I reviewed.  You can see the different effects I was able to achieve with just two markers.  I used the pointed tip of the Chalk Ink marker for the fine lines and the broad edge for the wide lines.  I also used the Marvy Uchida marker for the flowers and the rounded writing.

Chalk Marker Art

Would you like to see how my sign looked when I hung it up?  I’m certainly no chalk artist, but it’s fun learning.  Need inspiration?  Just search Pinterest for “chalkboard art”.

Spring Shelf with Tulips

By the way, this is not a sponsored post.  I’m sharing my experience using these brands of chalk markers.  You may have had a completely different experience with the same brands.  If you have a helpful tip or would like to share your experience, feel free to leave a comment below.


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  1. Betsy Wilson says:

    I loved the posts the past two days. I adore using chalk board markers – although I am absolutely no artist…however your designs may inspire me! I have used them in very simple applications – weekly dinner menu, kids activities, etc. So artistic ability was not really what I was going for. The chalkboard stickers might be a new addition to my home – love that!

    • Tess says:

      Perrrrrfect! Thank you soooo much! I bought a chalkboard for my new place and couldnt find a chalkpen I heard all about.

  2. Janice says:

    Thanks so much for the info. I had been wondering where and what to get. I have a question. My boards are homemade with wood painted with chalk paint. Will theses work on that? They are a bit rough in texture. Thanks!

  3. Cecilia says:

    Thanks for the tips! I have a blackboard frame in my family room and had a terrible time trying to erase my christmas art made with chalk ink. Now I am trying the Marvy Uchida and the Magic Eraser. Love your designs. Best.

  4. Susan says:

    Very helpful. I’ve wanted to try chalk markers but didn’t know where to begin. Thank you!

  5. Jean says:

    Hi, Ginny!
    I love your ideas and my kitchen is MUCH more organized thanks to you!

    I wondered whether you’ve tried Stampin’ Up!’s new chalk marker? I’m a SU demonstrator, so I’m biased, but I’d love to hear how you think it compares. Here’s a link: .

    :-) Jean

    • Ginny G says:

      Thanks for the info, Jean. I haven’t tried them, but I would be very careful not to use them on anything you want to erase. They say they are permanent. I do love Stampin’ Up products though! :)

  6. Erin Hesse says:

    I’ve been using the Bistro markers for a little while and love them. I’m obsessed with chalkboard labels and I have a frame that I made into a chalkboard with vinyl on my front porch. I did recently find more sizes- a jumbo one with a 16 mm tip and then fine point ones. I got mine at Hobby Lobby but I think I remember seeing a small selection at Joanns as well.

  7. Debbie says:

    I’ve never heard of chalk markers, I take it they are only for chalk board material, what about chalk board paper and labels?

  8. Silvana Maccera says:

    hello, i’m Chalkboard art lover, thank you for this post was very usefull. I want to share my experience with you too:
    1. Liquid Chalkers from Paper & Twin (broad chisel tip) I dont like them, they have a “transparent” ink, the colors aren’t intense at all.
    2. Uni Posca: round tip: “transparent” Ink too.
    3. Artline Glassroom marker: for glass artwork, round tip, very nice
    4. Chalk Ink: broad chisel tip, the best of this four! Very intense color, smooth and perfect chisel tip. Same comments as Ginny

    I prefer broad chisel tips because you can do thin and smooth lines too. I’ll try Marvy Uchida Bistro markers for sure. Thanks!

  9. Vicki haines says:

    I just made a chalkboard, I had 3 coats of the chalkboard paint on it. I used the bistro chalk marker on it, I loved how it wrote. When I tried to erase it, it wouldn’t come off, this is where I found your website. I tried the magic eraser on it, it worked with a lot of hard scrubbing but it took my paint off as well. Do u have any hints or tips you can give me?

    Thank you,

    • Cams says:

      They don’t wipe off of porous surfaces well. Chalkboard paint, old old chalkboard, some vinyl, they don’t come off.

  10. Sandrs says:

    Thank you posting the reviews on the different markers as I’ve been doing chalk art for a while, but always with real chalk (so messy!). I’m not quite sure why I never thought to see if there were such things as chalk pens until today, but am I ever glad I looked into it!

    One company (I think it was Chalk Ink) said to remove the ink with Windex. Have you tried that for stubborn removal?

  11. Chelle says:

    Thank you for the magic eraser comment! It took off the Bistro Chalk marker from my board!

  12. Melissa says:

    MUST KNOW! If I can only afford to own one brand, which would you suggest!? ;0)

  13. Mary Grigsby says:

    I really enjoyed and appreciated your honest tips and opinions. Thank you!

  14. Katherine says:

    I was wondering where to purchase signs like that Easter one you made: or how to make it? I can only locate the tiny lables.
    Thanks in advance

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