I've been working in my art journal and practicing backgrounds. I really love trying to create depth and layers in my backgrounds. This page has a little bit of everything. I started out with three colors, spread around with a credit card. Next I added some text torn from an old book and some rubber stamps. Then I added a thin coat of gesso here and there, followed by more rubber stamps, bubble wrap, and some tissue paper. This was the first time I had worked with tissue paper, but it won't be the last. I loved how easy it was to apply with some gel medium and it's so transparent that everything underneath showed through and it made a really nice effect.
I love working with these water-soluble crayons. They are so versatile and the colors are bright and beautiful. I use them a lot when I don't have time to dig out all of my paints and brushes, or when I'm away from home but want to paint. They can be blended with a baby wipe, your finger or a water brush, so if you're traveling these items are small and easy to bring along. The Caran d'Ache brochure has some neat techniques for using these crayons. Here's a link to the downloadable PDF if you'd like to have a look.
Do any of you use these crayons, or have a special technique to share? If so feel free to leave your link below so we can all check it out.
Until next time, happy creating!