Mixing techniques

A combination of wax crayons and water-resistant coloured pencils will produce extraordinary effects. Try them out with your kid, find out what can be mixed and jointly admire the outcome. 


Watercolour salt technique


You need a sheet of paper,

watersoluble pencils, a paintbrush, water and salt


coarse-grain salt will produce a better texture than fine grain salt


Shade an area in a specific colour with a watersoluble pencil and subsequently apply a wash by means of a damp paintbrush. Salt may be sprinkled onto this area as long as it is still damp. These salt grains will absorb the colour and once the salt is removed after drying, the coloured area will display a fabulous texture. 


Wax cover technique


you need a sheet of paper, wax crayons, watersoluble pencils, a paintbrush and water


each part covered by white wax or drawn with a water-resistant pencil will remain unchanged


Magnificent effects may be achieved with wax crayons. Take watersoluble pencils and draw a pattern on a sheet of paper. Then use wax crayons to draw a figure on this pattern. If you take a damp brush and apply a wash by using large strokes, the lines covered with wax will act as a resist and remain unchanged while the background colours will blend. So you can work with a foreground and a background. White wax crayons are nearly transparent. When used for covering purposes, the drawing underneath remains in its original state. 


1. the heart in the pattern is covered with white crayons 2. tiger stripes and background are drawn with wax crayons and, thus, remain unchanged 


Contour line technique


for obtaining this effect you need a

sheet of paper, water-resistant and watersoluble pencils, a paintbrush as well as water.


Water-resistant contours remain unaltered. The background will blend.


Little artists find it pretty hard to colour a picture without smearing the contours. Show your child the effect of using a water-resistant pencil for contour application. Then colour the area inside the water-resistant contours with watersoluble pencils. If you take a damp paintbrush and wipe over the picture, only the colours in the centre of the pattern will blend, while the contours remain undestroyed. Of course, you may also proceed vice versa and use watersoluble pencils for drawing the contours, while colouring the centre of the pattern with water-resistant pencils. When applying water, the contours will blend with the background.


1 wax contour, 2 washed wax contour, 3 wax contour with 3D shadow produced by washed pattern, Despite superimposition the bottom drawn with wax crayons remains yellow.