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Re: Crayon etchings

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Jerry Vilenski (jvilensk)
Thu, 21 Oct 1999 17:23:36 -0700


I find the best coating for crayon etching is Dick Blick Black Cat
India Ink. I have tried other brands, and the Blick product is the only
one
that consistently sticks to crayon. Oil pastels sometimes work
underneath the
ink, but some are so oily that nothing sticks to it. With HS students,
you
should strive for a more sophisticated look, and ink will provide a nice
surface
to work with. There are some essentials to keep in mind: The wax
crayon
coating must be thick, with no white paper showing through. I tell my
elementary students that if the crayon begins to flake off, it is thick
enough.
After crayon is applied, the ink works best if "stretched" from a pool
in the
middle of paper and moved to the outside edges. Liquid ink will let a
blush of
color show through, so when first applied, let the ink partially dry,
then go
back over it with a brush without adding more ink. That way, you are
applying
several thin coats instead of one thick one. Thick coatings !
!
!
will pool on the paper and flake off if you are not careful.
Tempera paint covering will work, but I think it looks mediocre, black
crayon is pretty bad and acrylic paint just peels off!

hope this works,

Jerry