Watercolors Made Simple with Yo-i Crayons

*This product was sent to me by Tombow USA but all opinions are 100% my own*
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Earlier this week, I blogged about How to Use Crayola Markers for lettering, and now, I'm talking about crayons. Did I ever think this kind of week would come? Hmm...no. But, wow, I'm really excited it did!

The Yo-i Crayons from Tombow USA are pretty cool. First of all, look at that adorable, portable packaging?

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Second, these are totally perfect for the tiny artist in your life. Even though I'm not yet a mom, I am already gathering a small art supply for my future kids to learn the foundations of art in all mediums. Not only are these crayons water-soluble and will wipe off of glass, metal, or wall surfaces with water and soap (that's HUGE), but they're very similar to pastels. And pastels are something I used to play with as a child. Pastels were so much fun, and are an incredible medium to work with for a kid bursting with creativity!

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Here, I quickly scribbled out some swatches of each crayon on some watercolor paper.
You can use these crayons on any kind of paper, but because I wanted to test these as watercolors, I jumped the gun and used them on the watercolor paper, which is why there's so much texture from the paper showing through. 

My first impressions were: 
1. The feel of these is really great. They're softer than regular crayons--definitely a crayon/pastel hybrid. 
2. The colors are SO vibrant!

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Next, I tried adding water to a paintbrush and applying it directly to the pigment on the watercolor paper. Although it wet easily, it didn't work nearly as well as how I ultimately ended up using these......

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I got out my trusty Tombow blending palette and scribbled some pigment from three of my favorite colors onto the surface.

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Then you just add water....

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And you get the most DELICATE watercolor pigments ever!

So, here's my overall first impression:
Using these as watercolors is probably not going to be my preferred way of using them (I'm going to play around with using them like pastels in a future post), but for your little artists at home?! These would be PERFECT.

So stay tuned for other ways to use these Yo-I crayons...I'm thinking there might be a coloring page or something in my future!

Kiley BennettComment