Saturday, August 17, 2013

Magical Crayons

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I’ve been travelling quite a bit this summer and I wanted to take easy, portable art supplies with me so I’ve been grabbing the watercolor paints and crayons.
Turns out kids love these “magical crayons” as much as I do.  It’s easy to make some fun, vibrant art like the photo above.
You can sketch out whatever comes to you (we used Pitt pens) or you can just draw patterns or shapes with the crayons themselves. You’ll want to use a heavy paper that has some absorbency.  We used watercolor paper.

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Then whip out your box of magical crayons-we use Staedtler watercolor crayons

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They look like your average, old dollar-store crayons but they have secret powers

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Just use them to color in your sketch-you can combine different colors for highlighting and variation.  Here I used green, yellow and blue.

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Then take a brush and some water and begin blending. (My daughter is in love with the travelling watercolor brush-as am I.  It’s self cleaning!)

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And that’s all there is to it.  Just coloring and painting with water.  A perfect project for a summer’s day.
Here’s my daughter’s work that she made during some down time in the Adirondack Mountains.

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Wouldn’t these make sweet greeting cards for the grandparents?


Marjie Kemper said...

They are so vibrant... your art leapt off the CED page at me. Beautiful!

Kelly D said...

Thank you Marjie, I have just recently started using watercolors more-I had no idea how vibrant they could be! I still prefer acrylics but love the portability of the watercolor crayons and paints.

Laney said...

Love these! thoe colors are so rich. And I love your daughters painting, too!! I have used watercolor pencils, but never the crayons - another art supply to try!! :)

Kelly D said...

I'm a bit of a supply addict Laney-I love experimenting. Today I bought some gouache. I have no idea how to use it-it's all an adventure!