Creative Ways to Use Chalk

Whether you’re trying to stay busy on a rainy day, looking for ways to improve your home and office, or you’ve simply got a lot of chalk on your hands, we’re here to help. Chalk is a great addition to any arts and crafts session, but it can stretch so much further. Here are just a few ways that we love to use chalk.

Creative Ways to Use Chalk

  1. Make a chalk wall. This is a functional, fun addition to any space. We love chalk board walls in the kitchen for writing grocery lists and messages. Use regular chalk for erasable use, and create sections or headings with more long-lasting pastel chalk.
  2. Change your hair colour. Use chalk pastels to give a temporary, funky new look to your hair. Housing a Forest has all the details for you. Try it out on your own hair, or set it up for your kid’s next slumber party.
  3. Remove grease and sweat stains. You just spilled grease on your leather jacket, and your new white shirt already has a sweaty neck rim. Chalk to the rescue! Apply chalk to any area that needs a little lift, let it set for a few minutes to absorb the oil and then wipe it away.
  4. Keep metalware — like silver and tools — pristine. You just learned that chalk absorbs grease and oil, but it also absorbs moisture from the air. This is good news for your silver — and everything in your jewellery and toolbox boxes — because a few sticks of chalk will draw moisture away from your precious metals, keeping them rust- and tarnish-free.
  5. Give your walls a makeover. Painting the house or office is time-consuming. But nobody likes the look of scratched-up paint. When you’re in-between paintings, use chalk — and especially pastel chalk — to hide nicks on your wall. Just find a chalk colour that matches your wall, and keep a few sticks on hand.

How to get your creative juices flowing

We’ve all been there: stuck in a creative rut. And the more pressure we put on ourselves — whether for work or hobby — the tougher it is to get those creative juices flowing. When your imagination gas tank is running on empty, don’t force the process. Instead, turn to one of these strategies to reignite your creativity.

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Spend time in the kitchen. When you lack creative ideas for that marketing campaign or watercolour painting, turn to a low-pressure, familiar form of creative work. Cooking is both therapeutic and creative, allowing you to unwind while improvising, and unlocking the creative side of your brain.

Keep a notebook. Often, we expect creative ideas to present themselves the moment we sit down to work. But creativity isn’t a switch you can flick on at will. Instead, keep a notebook for when creative ideas strike. If you jot down ideas as they come to you, you’ll have pages of creative kindling to help start the fire under your next project.

Meditate. A clear mind is open to ideas. When we feel stressed, we zero in on small details and miss the big picture. You know the saying, can’t see the forest for the trees.

Doodle. It’s not just for kids. Doodling unlocks the creative side of your brain through relaxed, intuitive movement. Put pen to paper without the pressure of forming a thought, and feel the creative juices flow.

Get moving. The mind-body connection is a powerful thing. Get your blood pumping, and your brain will thank you for the chemical reaction that triggers creative thought.

What’s your favourite way to shake a creative block? Let us know in the comments.

How to Stimulate Creative Thinking

Whether you are creative or not, there is some belief that creativity can be exercised and improved on. If you find yourself in a creative block, or you just want to exercise your creativity, try some of the methods from this article to stimulate your creative thinking:

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Consume content you wouldn’t normally consume

Reading articles and blogs in our own industries spike our interests, but they don’t help much with sparking creativity. That is why reading blogs, articles, and books in a completely different industry can help spike creative thinking. Just choose an industry you are interested, or moderately interested, in so that you don’t lose interest on the activity with something you find boring.

Write a 500 word article with no topic

This is a fun exercise as it gives you the opportunity to freely write. Don’t choose a topic, don’t make a title, and don’t edit what you’ve written. Just write whatever comes to your head, you’ll end up with a crazy article in the end that is sure to have you feeling creative.

Go to a Movie

It’s always fun going to a movie, but who knew it could stimulate creative thinking? Movies will pop questions and theories into our heads to predict what will come up in the next scene or even the next movie.

Talk with someone you don’t know

It can be a visit or a phone call with someone you don’t know. Have a stranger tell you their story; it could really be an eye-opening and mind-expanding experience. They may teach you things you never knew, or even give you a different perspective.

Eat differently

There are studies that say our diets affect the way we think. If you want to start thinking differently then try eating different and healthier.

Do a “No Bad Ideas Brainstorm”

Get at least one other person to join you in a 45-60 minute brainstorm session with no technology and no criticism. Come up with a topic and write down every idea you have whether it is good or not. Odds are, out of all of the ideas you came up with, at least a few will be good. The more you do this, the better you become at it.