I met Elle by reading her blog. We have never met in person but we have corresponded back a forth via our blogs.
What I know about Elle is she is always learning ... and eager to learn. She also is a loving grandma, likes to decorate, always has a project or to on the go and generous. So I asked her if she would play along and help me out this month. Just like any other busy person she said Yes! And I am so thankful she did.
I hope you enjoy Elle's post. You can find her blog at http://ellendacoop.blogspot.ca/ it is a great read and she is a fun person....
Mother, may I colour...
I do have a very vivid memory of my mum using pencil crayons on colour by number pages. The pictures looked just like the paint by number kits and were pretty involved. I also remember her putting crayon pictures between wax paper and ironing them onto fabric.
Crayons aren't just for the kindergarten crowd. There are some serious artists using crayons as their preferred medium, adding them as highlights or even using the simple wax crayon as a final layer to watercolours, gouache or acrylics. This makes sense when you realize what wax crayons are.
"Oil pastels and wax crayons are serious media in the arts and not only a toy for children. Oil pastels and wax crayons are names for basically the same type of medium. However wax crayon is usually the label for a cheaper qualities and children toys. This misconception probably is the reason why these media are not as popular as soft pastels or traditional oil color in the art world. There is a difference in the quality of the pigments and the binders that are used in the production of artists grades and more simple grades. Oil pastels and wax crayons are a very versatile and exciting media that allow creating unique artwork. Many illustrators use them in their mixed media work for special effects. Only if you want to create artwork for permanent display I would commend not to use less light fast,cheaper,wax crayons." quoted from here
The options for colouring on Lutrador are pretty extensive.
I used an old newspaper article featuring a Ruby Kim block of the week that my grandmother and my mother had saved. Not wanting to mark on the old newsprint I photocopied it, outlined the lines with a black marker and then placed it under Lutradur and copied the lines.
Then I was ready to try melting wax crayons.
I need to spend more time developing layers and achieving depth. In the end I didn't use the tulle. The lovely concise wax dots got melted when I ironed from the back in preparation for putting the back scrapbook paper on for strength and to hide any stitches, brads, etc. :( So I covered it with another try on mulberry paper. Not as good but... This was a good page to start with because I expect my pages to improve as I go along just as colouring inside the lines improves with the doing!
Some things that didn't make the time crunch:
-melting wax crayons between wax paper to make skins which are cut into shapes
-melting wax crayons and using a tjanting tool
-buffing wax crayon work, especially metallic crayons
-dripping melting crayons from the top of the page
-notching crayons and scraping them across paper
-using a texture plate
-using crayons as a resist with paint, even faux batik
-crayons used to antique brown paper bags
I'm so glad I asked if I could could color!!!
Whats up next... Paint Glorious Paint.