Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Making Crayon Paper

Well, I am hale and hearty. I visited with a homeopath about the headaches and am having some very wierd dreams on the Constitutional, as well as a bit of luck staving off the sad behavior that begets the headaches. (See the entry below for why in the world I am chatting about my head health.)

So, back on board, I was perusing last summer's issue of QA>>>>>

and came upon this great article/lesson about making what I am calling "crayon paper".

Oh! And I am so sorry: I cut off her name in the picture of the article and the mag is not with me at the moment.

She starts with paper - like bond I think, or drawing weight? I started with brown paper bag because, well, I had it.
And I got out my box of colors:

Drew a little like the article instructs.

Then, instead of using an ink wash, as she says, I decided to try my very watered down acrylic paint spray water.


It worked sooo well!

I rubbed and scrubbed the now wet paper with a paper towel and the paint water gently soaked into the empty part that the crayon missed.

Then I kept drawing - there is something so calming and lovely about drawing with crayon on an old grocery bag: the materials are uber-inexpensive, crayons have a fit to one's hand and a scent to bring one comfort and sureity of talent ... what could go wrong?

And look what went so well.
I love this look.
Tomorrow I will give you some pics of the rest of her instructions ...
... which will include running the paper and backing of some kind through the sewing machine. :)


Robinsunne said...

Oh! yuck. I hate the way the writing came out in this post. I can't figure out how to fix it. I won't do that again. eeps. Sorry.

Jan said...

What? It's fine! blogger is a continual learning experience, like art. Your project looks like fun, I may have to dig out my issue and play along.

Robinsunne said...

Hi Jan,

It was the letters running along the edges of the pictures. I thought that I'd get fancy and put the pics off to the right or left, but I should have also made the pictures smaller.

ANYway, I would love to work "along side" with you! We can comment back and forth to each other. Honestly, have you ever followed instructions to the letter? It seems that I am always missing one thing or another and so improvise with what I have on hand.