If you think you might enjoy a fun and simple tool to create art, try the Neocolor crayons made by Caran d’Ache. They come in waterproof (Neocolor I) and water soluble (Neocolor II) versions. Each are highly pigmented and super smooth. They are not at all the waxy bits you remember from your childhood. The Neocolor II’s are way cool because you can use them like watercolor paints! Draw on paper, run a wet brush over the painting and viola! Portable paint! You can also try dipping the crayon into water then drawing with them, or touching a wet brush to the tip of the crayon and then painting with the brush.
I’ve had a set of the Neocolor II’s for a few years and though I’m not using them every day, they have lasted a long time. I especially like using them on darker paper. I am looking to get a set of the I’s, to see what kind of art experiments I can come up with using a waterproof crayon. Maybe use them under acrylic paint? The II’s are easier to find and come in various sized sets. You can typically buy them at specialty art stores. I’ve only been able to find the Neocolor I’s online from a few of the specialty stores. Sooner or later I’m going to just bite the bullet and get a set. A 30 piece set of either will set you back about $48. The Blick near me also carries the II’s as open stock – so you can buy a few in your favorite colors just to try. (About $1.75 each)
Have you ever tried these? Do you think you would want to? You know that blank Webbie is calling you….