Sunday, December 5, 2010

Crayon Factory

Who knew that the making of colored crayons could be so beautiful?

Thanks, Roberto
Previously on GJ: How Printing Ink is Made


ConnyNordlund said...

I love the rhythm of it all haha :D

Man, I remember when I was a kid and I totally hated the paper wrapping. It just felt so dry so I always ended up ripping that part off. It didn't make sense to me anyway to have it there since you'll have to rip it off when the crayon gets shorter.

Carolyn A. Pappas said...

If you had grown up in the 80's you might remember the Mr Rodger's video on How People Make Crayons. It is so soothing to watch. Sesame Street also did a similar version, only it didn't had narration but some trippy background music. Apparently, many other children loved it as much as I did.

bzyglowi said...

Not quite as awesome as the printing ink, but still pretty cool. I didn't know America invented crayons, for one.

Tom Hart said...

Made me wonder - if the crayon hadn't been invented, what could possibly have taken its place?

I love my oil paints, but I think watching those being made might be a bit scary!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to both Jim and Carolyn! I loved watching the crayons being made.

Do any of you know why Crayolas are so much better than Rose Art? Do they use more pigment?

Carolyn A. Pappas said...

I took a tour of the Crayola factory in Pennsylvania when I was a kid, and I remember them going on about how they made the highest quality crayons. I do think theirs have more pigment in them. The Roseart crayons feel a lot more waxy to me as well.

David Still said...

I love these kind of machines! I work in a bakery right now and the action of the machine that folds the cardboard boxes the loafs of bread go into is quite elegant!

Cacodaemonia said...

Carolyn, I was just about to post links to those same videos when I saw your comment. Those are probably the episodes of Mr Rogers and Sesame Street that I most remember from my childhood. :)

It's very interesting to see the differences between the older and newer assembly lines.

My Pen Name said...

they are fun but difficult to work with - my niece wanted me to draw 'realistic' animals and i found it really hard!

i am curious.. Does anyone know of any outstanding examples of crayon art.

Roberto said...

Back when I was a kid we had to grind our own pigments and harvest our own wax from wild beehives!
I really love encaustic painting. You can get wax mediums to mix with your oil paints and get some very wonderful, buttery effects.
I painted a 20’ x 30’ ceiling mural/oculus of Tiepolo-type clouds with this technique and it turned out great! Very luminous and muscular.

@MPN Here are some links to learn more:

Crayon Artists (Jasper John’s famous flag paintings are encaustics):

Encaustic art:



Enjoy! -RQ

David Teter said...

Love these 'how they make it' vids and love machinery, it's rhythm too.

I read somewhere that you can send your crayon stubs back to Crayola and they recycle them, melting them down again. Although if theirs are a better quality (ingredients) I don't know how they would separate out cheaper brands... especially since Conny "Loathsome" tears off the paper labels... Conny...☹ ✏

Sara Sydnor said...

As other people have mentioned, the Mister Rogers episode containing the "How People Make Crayons" was absolutely fabulous and enhanced my enjoyment and understanding of crayons since then. I wonder if there have been other videos with how other art tools are made, like colored pencils, acrylics, etc?

Making A Mark said...


David Yanchick said...

Ha! I immediately thought of the Mr. Roger's episode too!