Coloring the world as we imagine is one of the great joys of childhood!
Types of Crayons
Beeswax crayons smell like honey. They yield vibrant color and blends smoothly. The wide sticks are perfect for small hands but are difficult to color fine details.
Beeswax blocks are perfect for coloring large surfaces or backgrounds in pictures quickly. Beeswax crayons need to be stored separate from one and other. You can see in the picture above how flecks of wax transfer onto the other crayons. To prevent this, make a wool felt storage case, a complete kit to make one is available in our shop.
Traditional crayons are economical and have a nice point for finer detail. Perfect for older children! Use an open container for easy organization and keep a jar on the side to collect bits of broken crayons so that you can make...
Recycle broken crayons into fun color mixes by melting broken crayons (with the paper removed) in a muffin tin in the oven on the lowest setting. These type of crayons are fun, and great for little ones but, not the best for drawing pictures.
A fun novelty. Not the best for coloring and definitely not for young children as they are easy to swallow and look like candy.
Drawing with crayons is best done on a medium weight paper (found in most local craft stores) but standard copy paper works as well. Having a smooth pad or a few extra pieces of paper underneath your drawing will prevent the work surface from rubbing through to the picture on top.
How to Draw with Crayons
Characters are easy to draw if you know the proportions. The adult form can be divided into five equal sections. For a child, there are only three sections. And, a baby can be simply drawn, making a small oval for the head and slightly elongated oval for the swaddling. Above, we've drawn some common action poses that should help you tell almost any story!
Background landscapes are simple too! Above, are some examples of the seasons and times of day to get you started!
Sunrises are made by using buttery shades of yellow.
Sunsets are created by using dark shades of red, orange, and sometimes violet.
Night scenes can be colored by tinting everything with blue.
Day scenes are perhaps the most well known; with a blue sky, green grass, and yellow sun.
Summer heat can be created using yellowed grass.
Autumn colors of yellow, orange, purple and red.
Winter is best created by using cool shades of blue and gray and white for snow.
Spring will have early grass and buds. Yellow greens are perfect.
Animals are easy to draw by using the form outline (what an animals shadow would look like). We've drawn some animals above to get you started!