A lot of people – adults or children – have used the crayon resist and many of them are so pleased with the results. This technique is very simple to do: just draw with a white crayon on white paper (or the same-color crayon on the same-color paper), paint it over with watercolors or sponge it with dye or pigment inks, then wipe it off. It’s that simple.
Cardmakers even use it by highlighting certain areas of stamped images with the crayon the same color as the cardstock, often coated or glossy. While this technique is stunning, it’s pretty dodgy for scrapbookers. Sure, some crayons are acid-free, but they leave residue on the page protectors because of the soft wax. So how does someone who specializes in scrapbooking do this technique while keeping the coverings to protect the pages clean?
First, gather up your materials. You’ll need some sponges (craft or cosmetic), dye or pigment inks or watercolors, a crayon (preferably high-quality, or Crayola for the frugal scrapbook artists), a heat tool, and cardstock in the matching color as the crayon, preferably matte (doing it on glossy cardstock is just going to fuss up the page protectors and will not absorb the wax). If you like, you can use the clear crayon that is from your egg-decorating kit – it matches any color of cardstock you use.
Draw your design on the cardstock or stamp your image using an ink that does not run (like Ranger’s Archival ink pads or Tsukineko’s StazOn, which come in a variety of colors besides black). Use a light touch for a more subtle resist (as in muted backgrounds) or heavy pressure for a bolder look.
Next, sponge over the drawing with the ink. You can use multiple inks or just one for a more monochromatic look. If you are using a heavier-weight cardstock or watercolor paper (a lot of it is acid-free), feel free to brush acid-free watercolors or water mixed with pearl powders with binders (like Ranger’s Perfect Pearls) over it. Wipe your project with a paper towel to reveal your crayon markings.
You can set your project to dry or you can heat-set it for 10-20 minutes (depending on how much pressure you applied with the crayon) with a heat tool and immediately press a paper-towel over it, or place a doubled-up paper towel over it and use a craft or travel iron with no holes in a low setting. If you have allowed it to dry in the air, heat-set it and press with the paper towel or cover it up with that and iron. The paper will absorb the crayon and the towel will absorb the surface wax.
Your project is ready to complement your next layout, without having the residue ruining the page protectors.
A lot of expert scrapbookers scoff at using crayon techniques for the art because crayons leave a waxy residue and some may fade. But crayon resist is an exception – you just draw with the crayon the same color as your paper, ink over it, heat set, and blot. You really don’t have to worry about marred page protectors with this technique.