Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Inspired by Crayons

Colorful crayons aren’t just a tool for art, but a symbol of youth, and a reminder of how quickly time can pass. So it’s now wonder that even though we grow up and move on from classroom crafts, crayons and colored pencils still make their way into our art, and the color palettes that we choose.

Box of Crayons Treasury

Box of Crayons

Colorful Crayon Creations

Colorful Crayon Creations

Did you know that the 64 pack of Crayola crayons has been around since 1958? The first Crayola crayons were created in 1903, and sold in packs of eight. Since then, the company has been creating new innovations in art for children and adults, as well as evolving with the times. In 1962, Crayola renamed it’s “Flesh” crayon “Peach”, in recognition of different skin colors in a multicultural world - a concept that the fashion industry is still catching up with.


Crayons 2

Crayon Candles


The wax crayon is a popular symbol in all types of mediums. They have appeared as Halloween costumes, novelty balloons, hair accessories, and even night lights. The basic crayon box palette of red, yellow, blue and green, with occasional highlights (orange, purple, black or white) is also popular in art of every kind.

Do you have a favorite crayon color?

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  1. Happiness is a box of 64! My favorite color was burnt sienna :)

  2. I can't! Choose just one, that is. Mine would be burnt sienna and periwinkle. Together on the page, they sing!! Love the photos - I can smell a just-opened box of crayons right now!

  3. Mmm...who doesn't love the smell of good quality crayons? Remember crayon batik? Oh the joy these little things can bring!

    My favorite color was the "Sky Magenta" pencil by Laurentien.


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