.. the lovely but unassuming Watercolour Wonder crayons. from Stampin'Up. I thought they were just glorified Crayolas, but no! In fact, they are sticks of pure water based colour but with a waxy texture, which means as well as using them for anything you would use water colour for, they have additional versatility. They come in colour families of 10 but are unfortunately being withdrawn due to a problem with the supplier so this is your last chance to order them! Regals are already sold out, but at time of writing the others are available. (UPDATED TO ADD: SUBTLES only remaining...snap them up while you can!)
(Here's a roundup of some of the techniques I've spotted around and about on the interweb...
1) Outline and blend. Lay your colour down by drawing a single line inside a stamped or printed outline. Use blender pen or water brush to draw the colour out gently and fill in the shape. Use on already stamped images to add shading, like Vicky did here:
2) Colour and blend. Colour in your image with the crayon (if you stamp it, stazon is a good choice) then blend if you like with water to get a lovely even finish (this image from Jessica)
3) Use the crayon as a palette. Using your implement of choice (aqua painter or paint brush), lift the pigment straight from the crayon, or scribble the crayon onto non-porous surface and lift it from there. You can create a great travel palette by scribbling each colour onto a folded piece of acetate, it will only take a few minutes... (this image from Michelle)
4) Create Backgrounds. Lightly scribble rows of colour dry onto watercolour paper and blend to create subtle backgrounds for over stamping.
5) Use the crayons direct on your stamps instead of ink to achieve a watercolour effect. Colour quite heavily over your stamp with the crayon, then spritz the stamp or the paper before stamping. Spritzing the paper will give a more vivid image.
6) Turn your watercolour crayon sharpenings into a watercolour wash by mixing them in a small pot with a few drops of water.
7) Use a sponge brush to create this Batik effect
Stamp and emboss in clear on a piece of paper (mulbery paper is very effective). Wet a sponge brush and stroke it with the crayon. Dab the colour onto your paper, but dry it often as it becomes very fragile when wet. When you have got the colours you like, place a piece of photocopy paper over it and iron. Repeat a few times until all the embossing powder is removed and you are left with the lovely batik effect below. See here for more details.
8) Sprinkle and iron crayon fragments. Here is a card I recently saw on Michelle's blog, and fell in love with the pretty effect of the flower:
Isn't it cool? Just shave tiny fragments of your crayons onto watercolour paper, using a craft knife. Arrange them as you want, then lay another sheet of watercolour paper on top. Iron on a medium heat, and like magic, you have two prints in this very quirky and appealing style. Here's a video that Michelle made of how to create the card.
Have you got a favourite watercolour crayon technique? Please leave a link to your project here and remember to order these soon before they are sold out.