How To Create Backgrounds For Coloring Pages With Crayons & Petroleum Jelly (And Solve The Problem Of Too Much Whitespace!)
|All the supplies you need for some crayon coloring fun|
are probably lying around your house! Fancy coloring
one of my HCWT colorable cards? Take a look at
all five collections HERE.
Why Crayons & Petroleum Jelly?
Making Coloring Page Backgrounds With Crayons & Petroleum Jelly
|I chose to color the background of |
this card from my Flower Power colorable
card collection with swirls to echo the
many wonky circles of the vase.
- Crayons (I’m using Crayola)
- A tub of petroleum jelly (PJ for short) meant only to be used for art projects
- Cotton swabs
- Scrap paper
- A protected flat surface on which to color (remember: PJ is goopy & oily)
- Something awesome to color
|Coloring hard is the goal for creating the swatches|
with this technique, so if you’ve got a ‘heavy hand’
when you write or color, feel free to let your pressure
go as hard as your heart desires!
|I used jewel tones for this project, but my |
crayon and PJ experiments taught me that most
colors in a Crayola 120 box work pretty well with this technique.
|I found creating a little well in my PJ tub|
to be helpful. It made it easier for me to
get just the right amount of PJ (not too much
and not too little) onto the swab tip.
|Rather than holding the cotton swab like a pencil|
pinch the swab stick and scrub the PJ coated tip
into your color swatch. This will help you avoid bending
the flimsy swab stick in two.
|The texture scumbling with this technique creates is so fun!|
It reminds me of cotton candy or tumbling piles
of colorful embroidery floss.
Pro-tips and Final Thoughts
- Have a dish or spare bit of wax paper (I used the lid to my petroleum jelly tub) out on your coloring surface for you to place oily coloring cotton swabs on as you play around with different colors. It will keep the PJ where it should be (on the swab and your coloring page) rather than letting it migrate to where it shouldn’t (your clothes, furniture, etc.)
- Remember that coloring experiences created with PJ will take some time to dry/cure (usually a day or two depending on the weather). If you’re coloring a card like I did in this tutorial, be sure to let it dry before you send it off in the mail to avoid oil stains on your envelope. If you are coloring a full size coloring page using a PJ art technique and you wish to frame your coloring art (which I highly encourage), give it ample drying time before placing your piece behind glass or plastic to avoid fogging. Coloring art made with PJ will feel dry to the touch (unlike the tacky feel it has when you’ve just finished coloring) when it is ready to be mailed off or framed.
- Be sure to wipe down your crayons fully once you’ve come to the end of your art session IF they’ve come into contact with PJ. Petroleum jelly softens paraffin wax based art supplies (which crayons are), and if it is left in contact with your crayons, it will continue to soften them until the PJ residue dries out.
|I’m constantly asking “What if?” question with my art practice, |
but often I don’t give myself the time to follow that curiosity.
2023 is the year that I make time for answering those questions!
|Be sure to pinch and zoom on this photo to |
check out the fabulous texture a Stabilo 3-in-1
colored pencil creates on top of a crayon and
petroleum jelly background! It’s so cool!
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