Sunday, March 27, 2011

Watercolor Crayon Backgroounds

Check out the article by Caroline Rondel in the March issue of Somerset Studio.  She uses watercolor crayons to make some interesting backgrounds.   I have a box of these that I've never used, so decided to give it a try. 

She explains the technique -  either on dry or wet watercolor paper, color with the crayons and then "paint " the crayoned section to create a watercolor image.   I had better luck on dry paper- it was hard to get much color down on wet paper.  I also did better with  a very light touch with the crayons..  If I pressed too hard with the crayons, the hard line of color was difficult to "wash" with water, leaving a distinct color line. 

It takes lots of water to disperse the color!   After painting the colored areas with water, I stood them up, shook them around and generally tried to get some little rivulets of color to drizzle down the page.

Caroline  recommends blending only two colors to avoid getting the dreaded "mud" wash.   On some I used three colors, but made sure the first colors were totally dried before adding a third - no mud involved!

Some of the backgrounds:

I made a quick birthday card with one and a tag with another.  

These backgrounds would make great journal pages .  I'm going to try it on some text paper too. 


  1. Loved the end results! I use Caran d'Ache Neocolours and they are so rich, that a little goes a long long way. They're also quite "creamy" in texture, so they disperse really easily... Hope that helps. After buying a small tin initially, I now buy them one at a time!!

  2. @Rosie

    Thanks so much for stopping by and the extra info! Mine are most certainly NOT "creamy" and bet that makes all the difference. I may have to go out and get some better ones.

  3. Your bakcgrounds turned out nice. I really, really like the tag...beautiful.


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