Since I was little, I was fascinated by those big boxes of colorful pencils with all the crayons ordered by colors and I really would had liked to have one just for me. Unfortunately they were really expensive and so my parents substituted them with a little and super cheap box with 12 crayons in it.
My desire for having a giant box of colorful crayons always stayed in my heart though. Growing up I got closer or maybe I never got distance from the color that, according to me, it’s one of the most expressive type of art. Acrylic colors, water colors (my biggest passion), inks, but also natural colors, crayons, oil pastels , color pencils, markers… the color in any style to represent and extern emotions and feelings.
Imagine the joy when the courier knocked at my door and left a package. As soon as I opened it my child desire came true: a giant box of colorful pencils. Not standard ones but water soluble ones from Mondeluz : those that become stains of colors dropping some water on the pencils, those that can be used in different ways, those that… you wouldn’t stop coloring with just because they surprise you step by step.
Koh-I-Noor Italy kindly honored me, since I am a member of their design team, with a sensational box of watersoluble crayons and, without knowing it, they granted one of my dream since I was a child, the one that probably kept me so close to this world of colors. Thanks so much Koh-I-Noor Italy.
Of course the amazement left its spot to the creativity that I had to use to understand how these “sticks with hexagonal shape” could integrate with my way of coloring and painting.
and so… I started from the beginning.
According to me art is Change the rules but… first
you need to get to know them so day by day I started using these crayons in different way to understand their correct use in a drawing to be able to…. alter it later.
First of all, the most important thing to get to know them is to try to understand the gradation of color and shades that every crayons has according to its pigmentation.
I created a mini color schedule for every single crayon. The writing of every single color pencil allowed me to see the effectiv color of the crayon on the paper, how it changes when you watercolor it and above all to have a complete visual of all the color gradations that I could create.
So the choice of the colors is easier and so the combination of different crayons.
Then I did more.
I tried different way to use them effectively to create backgrounds, color areas and shade them but… since the post really long already, we can talk about it later.
Meanwhile if you are willing to try them and start the same way I did, I suggest you create a grill then color it filling every space with a single crayon. Fill just the part of the space with the pure color and then, watercoloring, shading it towards the area left white, so you can have for each color area the effective gradation of every single crayon.
Complete writing the code of the crayon you used next to the colored area. If you have any doubts or you want some other info hit me up!
I will be so happy to share with you everything I learnt using these awesome watercolor crayons.