They're bright, beautiful and so much fun to use.


You'll find all the information you need to know about liquid chalk markers. Learn how to activate and care for your markers so you get the absolute best results.

Watch our video for step by step guidance.



Did you know that liquid chalk needs to be activated before use?

Follow these steps to get started.

  • Brand new markers don't have any colour in the nib and need to be activated by priming the nib.
  • Remove the cap and with the nib facing upwards, press the nib with your thumb to release any trapped air.
  • Replace the cap firmly and shake the marker vigorously until you can hear a ball bearing moving in the barrel.
  • Using the reverse side of this card, press the nib in and out repeatedly until the colour saturates the nib. Please persist as this may take a while but it will work.
  • If after activation the marker is watery, this means that the product is not mixing properly. Repeat the steps above ensuring the ball bearing is moving.

Care tips

  • Store upright - cap end facing upwards.
  • Did you know that the nib is reversible. One end is a bullet tip and the other is a chisel tip.
  • Liquid chalk erases best when it's completely dry.
  • Stubborn stains can be removed with whiteboard cleaner or isopropyl.
  • Avoid spraying liquid directly onto liquid chalk. It's a water based product and will dissolve very quickly. Instead, spray onto a cloth and then wipe clean.
  • Use a lint free damp cloth or magic eraser to remove chalk.
  • Do not store in direct sunlight.
  • If you're not sure how the ink will react with your board, do a spot test by picking a small corner, Place a small dot of ink, allow it to dry and then erase.  


Q. My chalk is watery, how do I fix it
A. There's a small ball bearing in the barrel of your marker, you should be able to hear it moving when you shake your marker. If you can't hear it, the ball needs to be to dislodged - tap the marker firmly on a solid surface a few times e.g. the kitchen bench, then shake the marker vigorously.

The ball bearing moving in the barrel is essential for mixing the chalk and water solution. As always, make sure to shake your marker before each use. 

Q. My chalk isn't bright like the pictures
A. Please follow the steps above to make sure the ink is well mixed. Shake vigorously prior to each use and in between use, store the marker with the cap up. This stops the chalk from continually saturating the nib. For the first 1 or 2 uses, write with your planner on a bench instead of the fridge - this will help gravity to load the nib for writing. 

Q. What surfaces are compatible with chalkboard markers?
A. Smooth non-porous surfaces work best. Such as: laminated magnet material, glass, metal, plastic, granite, glazed ceramic, porcelain chalkboards, chalkboard contact paper paper, vinyl labels

Q. Can I use them on chalkboard paint?
A. Generally, chalk markers don’t work well on chalkboard paint. Paint tends to absorb the ink from the markers and it doesn’t erase easily. Though some brands of chalkboard paint may work, we recommend you only write on unpainted, non-porous surfaces.

Q. There are marks left after I tried to erase them – what do I do?
A. We have introduced the OLB Whiteboard Cleaning Kit which will dissolve the chalk leaving your planner fresh and ready to use.

You can also use a Magic Eraser and a bit of water and the ink will come off most surfaces. You can also try using Isopropyl (min 80%). A cleaning wipe for glasses may also do the trick

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