Wax crayons are really effective for colouring large areas quickly and for creating large, simple drawings, but their unique characteristics make them especially suitable for the following kinds of projects:
Leaves, bark, brass rubbings, coins, wood grain, stone - lots of fun can be had with a piece of paper and a wax crayon - it's something that everyone must have done at some time or another - simple, but magical to a child, as an image appears before their eyes.
|A dark wash over bright crayon creates strong contrast|
|A pale wash over white crayon creates a delicate effect|
|First create a brightly coloured background|
1. Create a colourful background with wax crayon, felt tips or paint (or cheat and use colourful paper)
2. Cover it densely with black wax crayon, applying as much pressure as possible.
3. Using something like a cocktail stick, draw your picture by scraping away the black wax crayon and revealing the coloured surface below.
|Add a dense black layer of crayon over the top, and scratch a design or picture into it.|
|This example was created with a felt-tip background|
The same effect can be created rather less cheaply using Crayola Color Explosion - Rainbow paper and pens. I bought some of this for my kids (OK it was for me really) and they (or me) had great fun with it.
|Firework scene created with Crayola's Colour Explosion paper and pens|
Valentine's Card Water-painting