Craft Ideas for Adults | 30 November 2016Crayon in the Mix Share article facebook twitter google pinterest The Art of Crayon shows us that crayons are so much more than just for kids coloring books! Check out this awesome project on using crayons in your mixed media creation. Your choices for working in mixed media are wide open: every variety of paper, all kinds of paint, plus crayon, pencil, chalk, stencils, and markers—it’s up to you. The materials you choose, and the order in which you use them, determine what direction your work will take. TOOLS AND MATERIAL – birch board – gesso – brushes – paper ephemera (sheet music, book, or magazine pages, wrapping paper, etc.) – scissors – gel medium or paper paste – acrylic paint – painted paper – crayons – soft or aquarellable pencil – spray fixative 1. Brush gesso onto the board as a primer. This will give you a beautiful base to work from. You can brush it on thinly and sand it for a satin-smooth surface, or paint on several layers of gesso in varying thicknesses to create a textured surface with brushstrokes. 2. Cut out or tear pieces of the paper ephemera. Use random shapes, controlled shapes, patterns, or details. Try not to overthink the process of placing the pieces on the board. Mix torn pieces with cut pieces to break up uniformity. Turn pieces with text upside down or sideways, and mix up varying shades of aging paper. Apply the paper to the gessoed surface with gel medium or paper paste. 3. Add color. Brush on acrylic paints in colors that work for you. Choose contrasting or complementary colors. Blend the colors in some areas. Apply the paint with a light touch so that it remains transparent and allows you to see the paper patterns underneath. 4. Make cutouts from the painted paper. These can be painted shapes and details that you prepare especially for this project, or bits from old drawings and paintings that you’ve set aside. Attach them over the painted areas with gel medium or paper paste. 5. When the painted and glued areas have 5 dried, get out your crayons. I like to work with a contrasting color and scribble on quick, random lines. The crayon can act as a visual string to tie the entire piece together. It’s your choice whether to work with water-resistant or water-soluble crayon. 6. Add stand-out areas of drawing with a dark-leaded pencil or an aquarellable pencil. I alternated the dark marks with white crayon. Your crayon and pencil work can be simple scribbles, doodles, handwriting, or lines. 7. When you’re pleased with your composition, spray it with fixative to seal the work. You will still be able to add more drawing or cutouts if you change your mind, but the crayon and pencil lines will be protected from accidental smears or moisture. Buy from an Online Retailer US: Create astonishing artwork with crayons! Crayons aren’t just for kids anymore!Sculptors use them whole, bundling thousands of crayons to create environmental and installation-size sculptures. Carvers pierce and reshape crayons with scalpels, turning them into mini totems, helixes, and portrait busts. Landscape and still-life artists layer crayon shades in works on paper that rival paintings in their subtlety and depth. What will you do?! The Art of Crayon will guide you through a gallery of works by contemporary artists who use crayons as a diverse and dynamic medium. Each chapter includes a specific style of crayon artwork, complete with engaging projects from author Lorraine Bell to help you learn different techniques. From sculpture, to carving, to melted wax and drawing, you’ll soon become a master crayon artist! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.