Monday, July 25, 2011

material evidence: watercolor crayons


This weekend, I got out my watercolor crayons.  When I started, they didn't seem to work right with the water.  Stupid me!  I pulled the wrong container off the shelf, and started drawing with regular crayons. 

So I went back to my shelves and picked out the right box.  I took these to mom's house for the weekend, along with a paintbrush.  Lots of people have spoken about watercolor crayons, and I just had to try them out.  They sat on my shelf for months; I think I tried them once - a good example of me using the same supplies over and over... 


Away from home, I sat staring at my journal, wondering where to start (BTW, our current mission is to go the week without our five "must haves!")   



There are 8 colors in my box of crayons:  purple, orange, red, blue, black, green, yellow and brown.  Here are all the colors on the page, my material evidence.  I like the light shading underneath my note-taking ink.   I need to do a little more research and see how experienced artists use them.  If anyone has any good tips, feel free to chime in.  How do YOU use watercolor crayons? 

7 comments:

Erika said...

I have tried to use them in the past and prefer to use watercolors instead. But I did sign up for a workshop and I am excited to be using oil pastels again. I will have to tell you how I like those...

Crafty Moira said...

The different ways I use the watercolor crayons are:
1) Color on dry then wet with either a brush or my fingers dipped in water to smear the color around.
2) Color onto wet paper. This changes the consistently and color (usually makes it darker and creamy. You could brush water on page then use crayons on top
3) Use wet brush against end of crayon to pick up color then paint with it. Some crayons this works really well... Others not so much.

There is a video on youtube you might like:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zw4o4m24i4&feature=related

Saffron Road said...

Actually afraid to pick up a blank book and try ... don't have any other creative materials, so would have to buy them. I do however enjoy your time w/your book, and think that it is great that someone answered your question in such detail & w/a link! Never heard of water color crayons until now.

Athena said...

I started using watercolor pencils earlier this year, and love the soft effect they bring to my drawings. I basically first color the areas I want, then with a damp brush, lightly brush over the colored areas. The Bristol Board I use takes it very well.

Have fun with them! :)

storybeader said...

Athena - that reminds me! I bought two watercolor pencils about the same time. Need to incorporate then into my inventory! {:-Deb

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

LOL...that sounds like somethign I'd do :) (use the wrong crayons)
Glad you found the right ones...they turned out great :)

randomcreative said...

I used to use watercolor pencils when I did more card making and whatnot, which were a lot of fun.

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