Today is all about making a resist with wax crayons!

How to: You rub your crayon length-wise on your paper (thin paper like printer paper) over a textured surface to create some kind of pattern. This crusade challenges us to find all kind of textures and use those crayons some more this month.

My crayons
The crayons I have are these greasy Pastel wax crayons that I got from my friend Marika. This pack has a lot of nice colors and they smeared nicely on the papers. My 10-pack of Caran d’Arche crayons (classic neocolor I) are more dry and less messy to use. I like both.

Messy self
I sat down on the floor to have some fun with this. I remained sitting for hours and got gesso on my jeans. I had to get lunch in the middle of the creating, I didn’t want to stop.

Want to see what I made?

First I tried with a tiny rose stamp:

Wax rubbings
Because of the height of this stamp it was a bit difficult to make a pattern. The edges made an appearance too, but I wanted to continue to explore was rubbings…

Wax rubbing
Next one made a great patterned paper!

Vax rubbings
And my unmounted stamps from Bonker’s was great for making great prints and patterns. I made several of these! I’ve had these stamps for a long time but I haven’t used them because they are so huge (and still unmounted and uncut). Now I’m rather glad I hadn’t cut them apart, especially the rows of numbers!

Vax rubbings

Another one of the stamps I own;

Wax rubbings
Swirls! Rarely used because it takes so much stamp ink to color it and then the stamp impression often are bad or uneven anyway. But with when I rubbed a crayon over this surface I felt happy I own this stamp – finally!

The “resist” part happens when you use acrylic paint and paint over your crayon marks. Then you get those background or collage papers that you can use in many different ways. I love mine! This is posted to Crusade number 21.

My creation
1. Number stamps, 2. papers & 3. swirls (click to get a bigger view)

Have fun!