Blending With Crayons
Some fun ideas, tips and tricks for blending with crayons for beginner and younger artists!
In this guide, we’ll learn how to create beautiful, realistic-looking drawings by blending with crayons. If you haven’t already, check out our other video guide on drawing with crayons first, as it covers all the basics you need for working with the medium and practicing some basic crayons ideas before moving on to more advanced techniques like blending. The most important is Tip #4 which is mixing and overlapping your colours, which is how we will be blending them to get the most out of your different colours and shades!
Watch the video below for some blending with crayons ideas that are simple enough to try yourself with the packs in your creative kids arts and crafts kits, before moving on to bigger pictures with lots more colours. Like we previously explained in the drawing with crayons video guide, it’s important to start by applying pressure evenly and running the crayon in a uniform direction, as you can see in the sunset picture in the video. This makes it easier to then add more layers of colours on top where you need them to blend with one another, slowly increasing the pressure.
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1. Know what colours to blend
When blending any medium, the best practice is to choose colours that are close to each other on the colour wheel. As you can see in the sunset example, the yellow, orange and red colours are close to each other on the colour wheel, so they blend more easily and create an effect similar to photos of sunsets. Using photos as references when blending with crayons is very helpful because you can pick out what other colours mix nicely together; you can add hints of pink or purple to a sunset, or you can mix blue, green and purple shades to create tropical water.
Are you blending colours to create skin tones? Look at pictures of people from all over the world and blend together peaches, oranges and browns to get them right. Think of what would make the prettiest picture, and use all the shades in your box!
2. Always blend from lightest to darkest
Because they are made of wax, it becomes harder when blending with crayons if there is too much wax on the page, and darker colours will not allow lighter colours to be visible when they overlap. So always start by colouring in the lighter shade, because then you can add more colour of the same shade with more pressure or a darker shade in a layer on top, and you can leave spaces blank white to create highlights. You can even use a white crayon to create a base to layer other colours on top.
As you can see in the sunset example, the artist starts with the lightest shade, yellow, for the main sunset, and gradually moves to red. In the reflection, they go in reverse order, but keep the pressure low so the colours blend.
3. Making outlines, shapes, and textures
For this step, it’s good to make sure your crayons are sharpened in a triangular shape with a rounded point, using the child-friendly sharpener provided with your arts and crafts kits. (Younger children may require adult supervision to sharpen crayons.) This way, you can create textures like the reflection of the sunset in the water, or use the black crayon to create silhouettes of shapes in the background or foreground which we also covered in our oil pastels drawing activity guide.
Tip: As we illustrated in our drawing with crayons guide, it’s best not to use the black crayon for blending as it is a very strong colour and might create a rough or messy appearance when you blend it with lighter colours. Instead, use black to create solid shapes or silhouettes, and use darker shades of base colours for outlines.
4. More ways to blend
There’s more ways to blending with crayons than just the ones shown above, that are also safe for young artists to do! If you want to achieve an oil pastel-like look, you can use a Q-tip or earbud dipped in a little baby oil and lightly run it across the area to be blended. This is a good method for blending smaller areas, like in a colouring page.
For bigger areas, another good option is to create heat from friction by rubbing across the coloured area, which will meld the colours together. If you don’t want to mess up or burn your finger directly, you can use a tiny piece of scrap paper and rub it quickly but gradually in the same direction of your colouring, going from lightest to darkest. Be careful not to go too quickly, or you may damage your drawing paper!
Now that you’ve mastered both drawing and blending with crayons, it’s time to grab your Kids Circle arts and crafts kit and get inspired to create your own masterpieces! You can try out the crayons ideas shown in the video, or you can use references from photos or the outside world. Practice makes perfect, and here in the Kids Circle creative community we believe there’s no limits to your creativity!