Notebook, 1993-


Drawing - Crayon Encaustics - Crayon Resist - Crayon Scraffito

C r a y o n s

Any drawing material available in stick form. The term includes charcoal, conte crayon, chalk, pastel, grease crayon, litho crayon, and children's wax colors. The pigment is often bound with gum tragacanth or wax, and the sticks are wrapped in paper or embedded in wood. [Harris, William H., and Judith S. Levey, eds. The New Columbia Encyclopedia. New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1975.]

Crayon is a term that has been confused with chalk and other media. "Crayon" should be used only to refer to a stick composed of powdered pigments held together with a waxy or greasy binder. Such crayons became popular in the nineteenth century. Crayon's advantages are the richness of its intense black, its uniform quality, and the fact that it does not smudge. However, it does not lend itself to fine transitions or great subtleties of tone. [Drawing Techniques, Gallery Notes P5 - Works on Paper Series. Print, Drawing, and Photography Galleries. 1984, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.]

Crayola Crayons were invented in 1903 and are a basic art material made from pigment and paraffin wax in stick form. They are easy to handle, versatile and involve little mess. Seventy-two [and now more] different, brilliant colors present a rich and wide range for learning about color. [Crayola]



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