You'll need: white copier paper, crayons, shoe polish, and paper towels or a soft cloth.
If you want to mount your artwork, you'll also need cardstock or other colored paper and a glue stick.
Your paper can be left 8 1/2 by 11. But depending on how much time you have, working smaller is a good way to speed things up! The samples above are 6x6 so they were faster to make and easy to mount on already cut 8x8 card stock. For the bookmarks, I cut the paper into 5.5 inch x 2 inch strips. (Or complete a full-sized piece, and then cut it up to make several bookmarks from one artwork.)
Color your design with crayons. Using lighter colors works best. Press hard so the paper is completely covered.
Cover completely and wipe off quickly with a paper towel or soft cloth.
If you're making bookmarks, mount on 2 1/2-inch by 6 1/2-inch card stock. Laminate if you'd like.
Use a hole punch at the top and add a yarn or ribbon tassel.
I've used this technique lots of times- it's great in between more involved, longer projects. I've done abstracts, monograms, hearts, concentric shapes, and even stained glass themed pieces with my students. (For a stained glass look, use a gray or silver crayon to make 1/4-inch outlines around colored shapes. Only crumple very lightly before shoe polishing.)
This is an abstract in bright colors...Before...
Let me know if you have any questions! I'd love to see your artwork if you try this out.
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