Kids, Your Coloring Tools Have A History!
Another Learning For Kids Mystery Revealed in Crayon Ezine Article!
Kid, coloring page crayons have a history.
Here are four free color crayon history facts most kids do not know. Add this crayon ezine article to your coloring fun know how braggin' rights, boy:
1) Kids Crayons
2) History And Inventors Of Crayons
3) How Crayons Are Made
4) Types And Uses Of Crayons
1. Kids Crayons
Five billion crayons used?! In one year?! Kid, you know you love coloring.
Crayons are divided into children's crayons and artists' crayons.
100 billion crayons have been made since before World War One. That means your great, great, great, great grandparents colored with crayons. They had eight colors - black, blue, brown, green, yellow, red, orange and violet.
An American kid uses about 730 crayons by his tenth birthday. If you're ten years old and haven't used 730 crayons yet you're gonna miss the mark.
So... you're between ages two and eight, you spend about thirty minutes a day coloring. You don't even get tired, do you?...
...2. History and Inventors of Crayons
You're not the only boy who loves to color. Somebody had to invent crayons and coloring sticks.
Best buddies cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith created wax crayons. They started the Crayola Company in 1903.
Edwin and Harold made shoe polish plus printing ink, too(?!).
During the French Revolution Jacques Conte invented the modern pencil by combining graphite with clay. Crayon is the French word for pencil.
Edwin, Harold and Jacques loved coloring. You love coloring. It's all about coloring.
Today crayons are made by Prang, Sargent, Roseart, Conte, Faber-Castell, Winsor and Newton, plus other art coloring companies...
...3. How Crayons Are Made
Kid, the crayon you use is a stick of colored wax. The crayon has a hardening powder, pigment powder and paraffin wax or soybean wax.
Hardening powder makes the crayon stiff. Pigment powder is like colored flour. Higher quality pigment makes colors more intense and brighter.
If you want a purple crayon mix purple pigment flour in the wax. Paraffin wax makes the crayon's color rub off onto your coloring page paper.
Paraffin Wax Facts:
• Makes candy shiny
• Surfboards slip-free
• Reveals gunshot powder on your trigger hand
• Melts candles
• Used in your mother's beauty treatment?! Smooth skin, kid.
Kids, you have access to 128 paraffin wax crayon colors. How many are in your crayon collection?...
...4. Types and Uses of Crayons
Crayons other than wax are: charcoal, hard and soft clay pastels, oil pastels, water-soluble and grease pencils.
Fine artists and glass makers use these crayons:
+ Specialty Crayons color cardboard, glass, leather, clothes, plastic, metal, stone, and wood.
+ Water-soluble crayons dissolve in water and have high pigmentation. After coloring a picture with these crayons, brush on water for a watercolor effect.
+ Graphite Crayon glides over most papers for sketching, layout, and design.
+ Pressed colored chalk crayons are firm and dustless - won't make you sneeze.
+ Litho Crayons help you make expressive lines and dark rich blacks.
+ Russian Sauce is a cross between a soft pastel and a Conte crayon - a velvety smooth drawing crayon.
+ Soft Pastel Sticks are rich and buttery. The pigments slide right off the stick without crumbling or breaking for brighter cleaner colors.
+ Hard Pastels are square-shaped and richly pigmented. They are ideal for sketching and tight drawing and produce very little dust.
+ Grease pencils, wax pencils or china markers: are used to write, draw on and stick to smooth glass, metal, polished stone, ceramics, plastic, and Mylar.
+ Colored Pencils are wrapped in wood like your school pencil.
Are you serious about art and coloring as a profession or hobby?...
Experiment with all crayons for stunning effects and increase your artistic skills. Check out the article "How Color Works"
You can attend art classes now. After you grow up you can get a higher learning degree from a professional art college or commercial art institute.
Kid, you can brag now. You learned in the crayon ezine article:
+ Millions of kids, plus you use billions of crayons.
+ Edwin, Harold and Jacques were the leaders of modern crayon inventions.
+ How crayons are made
+ Types and uses of crayons
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