Inspired by…crayons. Yes..crayons!?

I got a present!

I love presents. I definitely do not get enough of them. My husband and I do not usually exchange presents,  opting to share experiences together instead. So, I was quite excited…and apprehensive..when he presented me with a gift all the way from Geneva.

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Lo and behold…it was not a box of chocolates. I thought it might be. Beautifully wrapped in textured black paper and  tied with a red ribbon. Hours of entertainment with half the calories.

Well, actually who is kidding who. I often find myself cruising the cupboards when creatively frustrated so it’s debatable which would result in more calories consumed. I will save that experiment for a later date and blog post.

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Do I dare say he is supporting my art habit? Is this his offhand way of saying that he would like me to give up my homely duties and paint all day.

….of course!

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Caran D’ache wax pastels are just juicy. Just add water and watch…brilliant color explosion!

They can be used wet, or dry, on paper, cardboard, canvas and even glass. They are semi opaque so great for mixed media work when you want a little special something showing through. They are great for sgraffito…great for mark making.

Even the white works well…love the dry brush look it creates on canvas.

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Check out the greens and yellows too…

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My 10 yr old son has been eyeing them, but truth be told…I am hiding them. Pathetic? Yes. Very little in this household is mine and mine alone.  I just need a good couple of hours with just the two of us and then I will pull them out for him to play with.

So who would have thunk I would be inspired by crayons?

The wonders never cease…..

Have a happy week!

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14 thoughts on “Inspired by…crayons. Yes..crayons!?

  1. I’d be hiding those for more than a couple of hours! They give lovely looking effects. I really out to get out the water-soluble pastels I have hiding in the cupboard …

  2. I hide the good new toys too… we have to have little special things just for us… a little bit of selfish can be a good thing and can I tell you there is no way I am sharing my Caran D’ache crayons… they live in a box on top of the shelves… don’t tell anyone… have fun playing and can’t wait to see what the results will be… lots more lovely bright colours I am sure… can’t wait …xx

    • Good question heather. I have a piece I just finished on paper..mixed media collage. I will see if it holds. Julie p.s. still want to hear about the trouble you are stirring up with one of your pieces and the council!

      • Let me know how it holds up. I like adding things to my acrylic work, but I like to put a coat of varnish on my pieces so they aren’t quite so fragile. Love the colors those crayons come in.
        There is an art gallery inside the Shoreline City Hall. They asked to me to hang there next month, based on some of my earlier works. I emailed the owner about my nude piece – Flightless http://heatherunderground.com/2012/02/14/flightless/
        because I don’t know this gallery. The gallery agreed that it would have to be run by city hall. I just found out last night, City Hall said “no.” It made me a little sad, but part of me also thought, the gov’t just rejected me, “I must be doing something right!” Controversy never hurts art, ya know! 😉

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