Today we are playing with Faber-Castell’s Crafter Crayons. These are part of their Design-Memory-Craft division that is geared towards using high-quality art products in mixed media and paper crafts. So, these aren’t your average crayola’s! According to Faber-Castell,
“Paper Crafter Crayons™ are highly-pigmented wax crayons that can be used on all types of crafting surfaces.”
These crayons pack a powerful punch of color when using. They are housed in a plastic casings that have a twist-top which is great for storing them, ensuring that no crayon breaks off the end. It’s also great for sharpening your crayons; there is also an end that screws off nearest to wear the crayon comes out. Take this off before trying to sharpen them. I found this made it easier. I also measured the actual crayon inside the housing and you’re getting approximately five and a half inches of colorful crayon.
So what do they look like??? Here’s a traditional dummy swatch; I used a lighter and darker crayon so you could see the difference.
The texture of your surface makes a huge difference on how these crayons are going to look on your projects. Things like canvas and textured cardstock the crayon really brings out the texture. With surfaces like vellum and glossy cardstock the crayon glided on smoothly.
Remember how earlier I was saying you could sharpen your crayons? Well, don’t throw away those shavings! Keep them on your craft matt and whip out your embossing/heat gun!
All tags I used Claudine Hellmuth’s Studio black gesso to prep them. For Tag A, I simply sprinkled my little bits of shavings all around and melted them. Make sure your gun is heated up a bit before you get close to the tag or you will just blow all of the little bits off. Tag B, I used the same technique except I took one of my hot glue helpers on my fingers and once the waxed bits were melted I swirled them all around to make a fun, abstract effect. Tag C, I just color blocked the tag in different colors, heated it up and gently blended the colors together creating an ombre effect.
Now you can’t really stamp with crayons? Or can you? Well, kind of… I took a large background stamp I had and using a plain piece of copy paper, I used the crayons to create a resist image. Way cool! I also used the crayons to color in some patterned paper flowers I had and voila! A quick card was made!
For this project I took a flat-back canvas and mod-podged sheet music on top of it. After that I doodled a design, colored it in with the crayons and then I whipped out my heat tool and hot glue helper finger. As I melted the wax I used my finger to blend the colors together and filling in any little gaps that I had missed. When I was done I used Ranger Enamel Accents to fill in the outline.
In conclusion, I had fun playing with these crayons. I think it depends on how often you use crayons in your creative process. I’m not a crayon user in general, so I don’t know how motivated I would be to purchase these. However, I do love playing with wax so these would be great for mixed-media and art journaling. There are three sets of artist crayons available for approximately $9.95 each. I played with the blue/green set but there are also neutral and red/yellow sets available. For the amount of “crayon” you’re getting (5.5″) and the fact that they are highly-pigmented, it’s not a bad deal at approximately $1.25 per crayon. What do you think crafters? As always, let me know in the comments.
Make sure you check out some of the other Faber-Castell reviews we’ve done here at Craft Test Dummies!