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Crayon Rays Dazzling Daddy Picture

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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  • Melissa @imaginationsoup June 20, 2011, 3:45 pm

    Gorgeous! I love this idea!

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 22, 2011, 6:01 am

      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your comment :)

  • kiran June 20, 2011, 5:15 pm

    Nice idea…

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 22, 2011, 6:00 am

      Thanks, Kiran, for stopping by!

  • Preethi June 21, 2011, 4:57 am

    Lovely Work…we can make our kids engaged with such things..Nicely done pari……..Lots of hugs to u dear

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 22, 2011, 5:58 am

      Thanks dear, for stopping by and sharing your lovely comment :)

  • himadri June 23, 2011, 7:42 pm

    this is a really nice idea and one actually wonders how this is done…..loved the science experiment pari did….i got so busy in checking the long list of experiments and activities on arvind gupta’s website that i simply forgot to leave comment on the post:). His website is very intresting and educating. thanks for sharing. and yes just wanted to share that in my house forest fiesta craze is still on. Imagine i wrote a comment on ur other blog telling u tht we’ll nt participate and now mishu is in love with this theme. Waiting for another project to do with u.

  • Parinita July 9, 2011, 5:42 pm

    Mama you are very nice in ideas in everything mom wow
    what a mama you are and you know na that i love you so much
    are you going to tell me what thing’s you like to do?
    and you like to do drawing? you will play with me tommory?
    and you are very nice and i love you do you wan’t i give you a kiss now
    and can i play with you all day
    i don’t think so hanaa janu do you know that i love you
    you are so beaudifull
    and you are so cute too
    you love more to your mom not
    me ok and you are very nice. love you.

    • Rashmie Jaaju July 9, 2011, 5:45 pm

      Pari, my kanha thank you for writing me such a long mail. I love you more than anyone, okay? :)

  • Parinita July 9, 2011, 5:49 pm

    thankyou for your your lettr love you