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Coloring with Crayons and Heat

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I think crayons are a great, low cost way to enter the world of coloring. The problem is that they can be a little difficult to blend because of their high wax component. In a previous tutorial I’ve given you some ways of blending using various solutions. You can watch that video on blending with crayons here.

Another way of getting a smooth finish with crayons is by using heat. In the video above I show you two ways of creating the heat that is required to blend out your crayons.

I used Crayola Crayons in both videos, as they are a well known brand. If you have another brand of crayons, feel free to try them out.  They should all work the same. As always though, try on a test image first before diving into your masterpiece.

Crayons are thick and lack the fine point of a pencil, so they are not really suitable for finer detailed images (unless you are a wizz at sharpening to a point). Choosing an image like the one that I used, with large open spaces, is great for these large pointed mediums.

The image that I used is a free download from Christine Aldridge (CL Aldridge Art) which you can download from here.   You can also see the image in her Flowers of Fantasy Coloring Book

If you want to try this out with a finer detailed image, then I would recommend purchasing the twistable crayons as they have a smaller barrel and point for coloring.

As always, there are a lot of options and ways to do things, but the most important thing is to have fun and enjoy yourself.

Happy coloring x

Lea

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coloringqueen

I'm Lea and I love everything to do with coloring! If it is a coloring book, a poster or even a bookmark that you can color in, I'm all over it. Of course, a girl has to have some pencils, markers, gelly rolls, pastels and what not to make those pictures pretty and I love those as well.

Whilst my coloring style lacks skill, I am enthusiastic and focused on enjoying the moment and having fun.

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3 Comments

  • WOW these work like I wanted the Faber Castell Gelatos to work. I was disappointed with them. Crayola have a good name in the UK and its good to see them being promoted. Can you blend them with your finger after heating ?
    I gave a little chuckle when you brought out the heat gun ……..its just like the one my hubbie uses for his bike restorations 🙂
    I have a good little heat gun by Ranger……hotter than hairdryers as the heat isn’t thrown out at great speed its intense but localised for the work you want to do. This is an amazing idea, many thanks Mandyx

    • I’m not keen on hubby’s heat gun. I really wanted the pink one that I seen at a craft shop but they stopped selling them. The shop said they were bringing them out in different colors but it had been delayed 🙁 so I had to resort to hubby’s grubby work tool 🙂 You can blend with your finger …it will get messy though 🙂 I had a similar problem with the distress inks that are meant to be water soluble …you may laugh but you might want to try your Gelatos with baby wipes that’s how I got a good result. Either wiping straight across or wrapping around my finger or a cotton bud for smaller details. Happy coloring x

      • Brilliant idea – I have a box of wipes with me all the time, used for my dylusions paints but forget to use them on my many soluble media. I’m sure it will work a treat. Thank You Mandyx