Can you believe in all my years of mixed media art and journalling that I've never picked up one of these crayons before? I think I'd read about them at least 10 years ago but never searched them out. Luckily for me, my amazing local art store had them displayed right at the check out last week and I picked up a few on a whim. THEN I went back the next day and bought a bunch more. It's a super fun new tool and I've been having fun just experimenting.
I've been using them more like watercolors for the most part, I shave off a tiny piece of the crayon with an x-acto, then mix with water in a palette. I'm also finding it's a nice effect to layer dry crayon markings over the watercolor-style painting once it's dried. The pigments are so vibrant. It's really exciting.
These experiments are also part of my new goal of adding more color to my work. The more I mix different colors, put new shades next to each other, and just mess around with color in general, I know I'll start to feel comfortable.
The ony downside is that these really do look like crayons, and therefore tempt my children. I know i shouldn't let them play with my nice art supplies, but as I was taking these photos, this happened:
And then this:
Aaand now I need to go buy a new piece of white posterboard for photo backgrounds.