After making and gifting that Aromatherapy Pillow to her dad even before Father's Day had arrived, Pari had been wanting to make some more Father's Day gifts. This last Friday, she saw the sweet Dad picture that Putti at PuttiPrapancha had made for her 'Appa' and liked it so much that she wanted to make it then and there.
In this technique, she cut out a shape from a thick paper (chart paper/card stock etc). Then, coloured the outlines of the shape with a bright coloured crayon. Next, she placed the cutout on another sheet of paper and by pressing down the cutout tightly at the center, rubbed the colour off the outline with one finger in an outward direction – to form gorgeous rays on the sheet underneath.
Not only is the process interesting, the results are so beautiful too that this is bound to delight any child.
The daddy was dazzled with this gift and kept wondering how she made it until she explained the process to him step by step!
And, she made this one – for me!
In this pic, Pari cut out letters to form the word 'Daddy'. She rubbed the crayon colour off each letter cutout to reveal rays on the sheet underneath.
Using the same technique, she made leaves (adding veins in this pic) and hills. She made hills by rubbing colour off two sides of a triangular cutout
We mounted the painting on a beautiful handmade Ikat print paper. I'm in love with Ikat prints. If I could, I would have them for my curtains, sofas and all over the house!
Here are some closer views:
This crayon rubbing technique is pretty simple and using one's imagination, a full fledged painting can be made with it.
The only trick is to use the type of crayons that will spread easily when rubbed. Pari used oil pastels which was easy too. But, I thought there might be any other type that will be even easier for a child's hand. So, today in the morning, I got a pack of Camel's "Soft Pastel" crayons. This pack comes in 20 vibrant shades. Pari was so excited to use her new art material that she got going immediately and made some more paintings using the same technique. I'll share those in tomorrow's post.
It amazes me to learn the different ways crayons can be used in child's art. One material, so many effects!
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