Here is my chalk drawing of an eagle. I am not showing you this eagle because it is very good, but I am showing it to you because of the beautiful, perfect, formerly-elusive blue. Yes, blue chalk! Finally, after all these long years, I have blue chalk! I have many kinds of chalk… some bought from Mercurius (decent chalk, but expensive). The blues in the box below look nice, but in my boxes (bought years ago) the blues are so light they look white, or so dark that they don’t show up at all on the chalkboard. However, these chalks erase easily, which is nice.
I also have Prang Ambrite Gallery Colored Chalk, which is wonderful, and the price is great, but still, the blue is not quite right for some things. On a whim, I purchased Sargent Colored Chalk at Hobby Lobby for only a few dollars. The chalk is bright an beautiful, and finally… blue! I usually find Hobby Lobby an annoying place to shop (I mean, it takes ages to check out), but they came through for me this time.
From now on, I will be buying both the Prang and the Sargent, and I will skip all the way home!
I read on a teacher’s blog a couple of years ago that it is helpful to keep the chalks separated by color, so I use an old make-up organizer to hold my chalks, and this keeps them much cleaner and easier to find:
I am not much of a chalk artist, I cannot yet create anything like those beautiful creations by Waldorf class teachers, but I do find it inspiring to have a large part of the board covered in a drawing!