Couture Ink vs. Chalkology Paste

Can I mix Chalkology Paste and Couture Ink on the same project?

Yes, however, you need to make sure the ink and paste don’t mix together. You can’t heat set the paste. (This means if you are heat setting a project with an iron, do not iron the Paste. If you are heat setting an oven-safe surface, do not use Paste at all on the project.)

Is there a different “look” in the dry finish between Ink and Paste? (matte, glossy, thickness, rough vs smooth, etc.?)

Yes. The paste is more matte and tends to level on its own. Ink dries more glossy and doesn’t level on its own, you will need to smooth it to get the finish/thickness you desire.

Will either fade in daylight?

Any color will fade over time and that will be accelerated if exposed to daylight. It is best to avoid long exposures to sunlight, and always avoid direct sunlight.

Are the Paste and Inks designed to be the same colors (are the reds the same, green, navy, etc.) or are they different?

While some Pastes and Inks share the same color name, they are intended to be “coordinating” but not identical. Because of their formulation and unique pigments, they are not intended to “match” and will dry with different intensities.

Can I remove the Ink from a hard surface project? (Like scraping off a plate/board with a craft knife?)

If you have heat set your project you should consider it permanent. If you haven’t heat set your project, the ink may come off completely, smudge, or smear in water or when rubbed briskly. On hard surfaces, you may be able to scrape off non-set Ink with a craft knife. It will not come off cleanly like Paste can, and should be used carefully as it is not forgiving on surfaces, particularly fabric.

Is Ink non-toxic?

Yes, but it is not for human consumption and should be kept out of reach of children. Note that the metallic inks do contain trace metals. Any accidental ingestion should be reported to your doctor.

What is the difference in consistency?

Are the different colors different in consistency? Why?

With Paste, there is a difference in consistency. This is because we put natural pigments into the pastes and some colors require more or different pigment than others—this is an organic compound so it makes each Paste vary. The colors that require more pigment will be thicker and potentially “drier”. There is not a significant difference in consistency between Ink colors. However, you will note that Paste is typically thicker than Ink in consistency.

Can I heat set my project while the Ink Mat is underneath it?

No, you need to remove the Ink Mat first because it is not heat proof. Does Ink dry more quickly or slowly? Ink dries much slower than Paste. You may wish to use a hair dryer to speed drying, particularly if you are making a project with layered colors.

Will Ink bleed through the fabric?

Yes, Ink can bleed through the fabric. This is why we have provided the Ink Mats to help you protect your surfaces. Ensure you remove the Ink Mat before ironing your project to heat set the Ink.

Do I need to “Seal” Ink projects, even after heat setting?

No. The heat setting does seal a project.

Does Ink “interact” any differently with our Transfers than Paste? (Will Ink stain my Transfers?)

Yes. Ink will likely stain your Transfer, although staining does not harm your Transfer. Some of the darkest colors of Ink can stain the silk portion of the Transfer. This will not come off or discolor the next project you make with that Transfer. However, it is very important that Transfers be washed immediately after using Couture Ink. Because the Ink is permanent, it can clog the screen or pull at the Transfer if allowed to dry (and again, it will be less forgiving than Paste).

Can you mix Ink colors like you can Paste colors?

Yes, no problem.

Can I mix Ink and Paste together?

No. The Ink and Paste cannot be mixed together because the Ink needs to be heat set and Paste cannot be heated.

Can you still do techniques like marbling and ombre with Ink?

Yes. They are trickier techniques with Ink, but they do work.

How long do you heat set fabric? Can you “heat set” non-fabric items? What about surfaces that can’t tolerate heat (like plastics or melamine, for example).

You will need to heat set a fabric project for 4 minutes on each side (inked side AND non-inked side) with a medium heat iron. Ensure you use a barrier between your iron and Inked surface, such as parchment paper, and keep the iron moving in small circles—don’t let it rest in one spot. You can heat set non-fabric items in a medium oven (300-350 degrees) that can tolerate heat. If you use Ink on a surface that can’t tolerate heat, then you will not be able to heat set it. If an item can be baked—like many ceramics, glassware, cookware—then it will likely be heat safe. Please read all surface information about the item you plan to ink before putting in your oven. You can still use Ink on surfaces that don’t tolerate heat, you will just need to know they are not permanent because they haven’t been set. Note that Ink is designed for decor items, and while you may choose to decorate common kitchen items (platters, plates, mugs, etc.) the Ink was not formulated to be in direct contact with food/beverages.

Can I put Ink on my chalkboard? If so, do I need to heat set it or just let it air dry? Yes, you can put Ink on your chalkboard, however we don’t recommend heat setting a chalkboard. Please be aware that anytime you use Ink and do not heat set it, it is not permanent.

Is the Ink dishwasher safe?

Yes. Ink is dishwasher safe once it has been heat set.

What’s the best way to clean up after “accidents” with Ink (especially on a project—any “project rescue” suggestions?)

If it is only a small drop of ink, you can let it dry completely and peel it off (depending on where it has spilled; some fabrics it will soak into immediately). If it is a larger area and Ink won’t pull off, you may need to start over OR try to ink over the mistake. It will depend on the fabric, because ink may stain even if it hasn’t been heat set. How do you clean up your ink mat when you are done? Use water to wipe it clean. Do not use a Lysol wipe because it will take the adhesive off your mat.

How do you layer designs? You have to heat set the Ink between layers. After you have let the first layer dry, you are safe to layer on top of it. To speed this process, you can use a hair dryer after each layer.

What’s the life of Ink when stored?

Couture Ink, similar to Chalkology Paste, will last longest when stored in its jar, tightly sealed and in a cool, dry place when not in use. Cap immediately after use or between projects to prolong life. Shelf life of Ink is 1 year unopened and 6 months after opening, with proper care (similar to Paste).