Playing with Crayons

August 29, 2013

Back-to-school bin of crayons for sale

Back-to-school bin of crayons for sale

“It seems probable that there is always an element of play in creative living.  When this playful element disappears, joy goes with it, and so does any sense of being able to innovate.”
— Anthony Storr, Solitude:  A Return to the Self

It’s hard not to succumb to the tempting bins of school supplies that fill the stores in the week before school starts again.  I almost bought a new box of these crayons, on sale for just 50 cents, but then I told myself to be satisfied with the box, hardly used, that I already have at home.  What brings back memories of childhood better than the smell and waxy texture of crayons? I gave in to urge to pull out my crayons and play!


Coneflowers, crayon with watercolor wash

Coneflowers. Crayon with watercolor wash and Sharpie

There is a charming picture book about crayons called The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.  A young boy goes to school and opens his desk to pull out his box of crayons.  But instead of the crayons, he finds a pile of letters, each one written by a crayon.  It’s clear that there are rivalries among them, each trying to persuade the boy that its hue is the best of all or that they are over-worked and unappreciated.  This is a sweet book with a clever storyline, and I’d urge you to look for it at your library.

The Day the Crayons Quit

The Day the Crayons Quit

End papers from this book, charmingly illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

End papers from this book, charmingly illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

The red crayon's letter

The red crayon’s letter

8 Responses to “Playing with Crayons”

  1. Sandy bessingpas Says:

    We could all learn a lot from crayons…some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, some have weird names, and all are different colors..but still they somehow exist very nicely together in the very same box. Your post brought this quote to mind, one of my favorites

  2. camilla wells paynter Says:

    Wonderful quote and the book looks darling. I especially like your drawing. You inspire me to get out the crayons! Is the dark black in the final version done with crayon, too?

    • Rosemary Says:

      I started with the crayons. Next I used watercolor over the crayons for color throughout. I tried black with crayon first, but that didn’t seem enough contrast, so then I used a black Sharpie pen. Thanks for asking!

  3. ebbtide Says:

    Love crayons! And I love perusing the school supplies this time of year – I have a thing for new, fun pens and now’s the time to find them. 🙂

  4. Chris Says:

    I’m going to have to find that book…it looks like a fun, wonderful read! Is it a children’s book? Love that you haven’t forgotten how to “color” 🙂 Just curious if you ever found “Hailstones and Halibut bones”…another fun book about colors!

    • Chris Says:

      Hi again Rosemary,
      Not sure if you saw my previous comment about the book, hailstones and halibut bones! Did you ever get a chance to see it?

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