Crayons & Coloring
A big thanks to LuLu for sharing her expertise about magic in last weeks blog. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check it out, I highly encourage you to take a look. She even shares how to make slime, which looks a lot like magic.
Friends, we are working really hard to get ready for Holiday Extravaganza. As you know, this is the 40th year, and our special surprises are taking up a lot of our planning time. Instead of spending this time how I normally would, readying McLaren to host Santa in just over a month, I’ve been running around preparing for our first special surprise.
We’re hosting a coloring contest. The other elves and I were illustrated without color for you to fill in and submit to win a special prize. Give us fun and interesting outfits, or make the sky purple, we just want to see your talent. You can use paint, markers, colored pencils, or crayons to make your art.
Speaking of crayons, did you know that the basic components of the popular art supply are colored dye and wax? Your favorite brand of crayon show up at the manufacturing facilities as hot wax and are then mixed with pigment of your favorite colors. A color like red gets far more pigment than a color like pink.
The next step is to cool the hot wax in appropriately shaped and sized molds. This is how each crayon is the same shape and size when you first open the box to begin the coloring journey.
After you’ve spent some time coloring, you’ll notice the crayon gets smaller and smaller. If you love to color, chances are you have a stash of brand new crayons and ones that are a bit broken or too small to use to color a picture. At McLaren, I recently learned an HGTV recipe on how to make those broken bits into new and improved crayon pieces.
If you want to make fun, new colors grab an adult and all the broken pieces of crayon. To get started rip all the paper depicting the colors off of the crayons and place like colors together. Find a muffin pan and sort the colors into each muffin container. Bake the crayons at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the wax is completely melted. Wait for it to cool and bam, you have crayon blocks to use for coloring. How fun, right!?
Send me some images on Facebook if you give it a try. I’d love to see the fun colors you make.