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Monday, March 14, 2011

Crayon Art II

Combining wax and pigment has existed for thousands of years and has already been used by the ancient Egyptians to create images on to stone.

We can date the word 'crayon' back to 1644, but the coloring crayons our children, and us for that matter, use today are not that old; they were available for children for the first time in 1881 and could be bought in boxes of 6, 12, and 18 colors.

Crayons in cylinder shape for easy use, are said to came into existence in Europe and only used by artists. They were primarily made out of with charcoal and oil. The charcoal eventually got replaced by different powdered pigments and using wax instead of oil strengthened the crayon and resulted in the ones which we are so familiar with today.

One would think crayons are just for coloring, but as you can see, that is not true. Yes, these 'paintings' are made from crayons; the entire crayon that is.

By standing the crayons up and putting them close together, you can create intricate images. Even though it may take a little while, the result is a beautiful arrangement!

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