Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Techniques on Tuesday

Jessica here, with another:

  Techniques on Tuesdays!
Each month, on a Tuesday, we'll show you a video or photo step-out of an art technique.  This Tuesday, it's our own Marcia Beckett with a fun and easy technique for us. 

Marcia:  Today I am going to show you a very fun technique for unleashing your inner child in your art journal.  When I was little, I would use this crayon transfer technique all the time.  It was so magical to me.  I had forgotten all about it until I saw a blog post on a crafty momma blog.  Visit the Chocolate Muffin Tree to see what she did with her kids.

First, start by coloring a loose piece of paper in patches.  Color really hard.. use those muscles!  Regular crayons work just fine, but you could also use gelatos or oil pastels.

My daughter helping to color a sheet.
Page covered in crayon and oil pastels
Place your colored page face down on top of a page in your art journal.

Write, draw and doodle with a ball point pen on top of the paper.  Apply lots of pressure with the pen.  While you are writing, the crayon will transfer over to the journal page.
Writing on top of the paper.

When you lift the paper, your drawings and words will transfer.
I don't want to confuse you, but another way to transfer is to place the colored sheet face up in between two pages.  Draw on the back of one of the pages, and the crayons will also transfer (in reverse).

Here is what I mean:
Colored paper underneath.  Draw on top with pen.

Here are a few more examples of in progress journal pages with crayon transfers on them.

What to do with the leftover crayon-colored sheets?  You can tear them up to create backgrounds!

Thanks for reading and feel free to say hi to Marcia on her personal art blog or her art teaching website with lots of art projects for kids.

So, what did you think?  Do you like this idea?  Or is it not your kind of thing?  (That's okay too.)  Tell us how you felt about Techniques on Tuesday.  What would you like to see for Techniques on Tuesday?  If you have a technique you would like to share with us in a tutorial, please let us know in the comments.

Have you checked out our Color This Quote challenge for AprilIf you haven't done anything for it yet, maybe try this technique paired with this month's quote and link up!


  1. Marvelous challenge and what's not fun about crayons - might need to use this to create a Friday Affirmation in my journal - thanks for the inspire both you and Marcia. xox

  2. Cute stuff, I remember doing that as a kid. Fun to see it again.

  3. I don't remember doing this as a child!

    I either have a bad memory or I missed out!

    I will be trying this :)

    Karen x

  4. I love this technique and I sure will try it in my artjournal!

  5. Thanks for reminding us of that technique, no doubt it will apear in my work!

  6. I love the transfer but I REALLY love the strips at the end!

  7. Must try it, wonder how it will look on different surfaces!

  8. how FUN!! i love your colored strips in the end - what a beautiful way to create a background! Fun fun... thank you! xox

  9. Very cool! I remember doing something like that with black crayon on top of other colors then scratching through... but I love the transfer idea! And yes I agree, the stripes in the last photos are great!

  10. Somehow I missed out on this as a kid. I must make up for that now!

  11. This is great, and no, never did this until printmaking class as a grownup and our version was infinitely messier!

  12. Loved the transfers...kids will definitely enjoy it...the strips of colours are also great...would make awesome backgrounds :)