8 Shades of Multicultural…


A few days ago my daughter sent me this photo of the multicultural box of colored pencils. (Nice, crayola)

I got a little curious about crayons and looked up a few fun facts. I was surprised to learn that the multicultural shades were actually introduced in 1992. The decision made from feedback provided by consumers and educators.

I have also heard people claim that the crayons are just not the same rich color as in their childhood. I hate to break it to you guys, but (and this is a whole new topic of conversation) actually the formulas for crayons have changed only very minimally for over a decade. This means, that since the 1960’s crayola crayons are basically the same. Their smells, richness and so on. Oh and if you are wondering, the original crayons were made in 1903, there were 54 names for 38 separate colors until 1958.

My interest in crayons, colored pencils, and markers was ignited again a few years ago, when I began creating coloring books for adults. I like to find out what medium people prefer when the color. There are many opinions and preferences. Some intense ‘colorists’ have created even broader techniques, using materials like eye shadows and blush. I have learned from some of these that a cotton q-tip softened with baby oil will soften and spread the materials to create even more elaborate appearances. Coloring has gone beyond what I remember as a child. If you haven’t given it a try and are curious, don’t hesitate, the rewards are worth the effort. You can keep as simple as you like or go as deep and intricate as you prefer. If you happen to give my books, Abstract Expressions and Dog Rule & Cats Do Too, please share your thoughts, images, and materials with me! I’d love to hear from you.

Those who do not know, the technique below makes a great art project for your colorful world! All you need is glue, crayons, canvas and a blow dryer!

Peace,  Valerie







used Crayola Crayons Site and this Huff Post article to share this information.