Growing up, you probably colored some things with crayons. You probably also noticed that it leaves a weird, waxy texture on the paper. Sometimes it looks cool. Other times, it looks cheap.
That textured look on the paper could be something you like in your art, but in case it’s not what you’re looking for, there’s an easy hack that takes that texture away.
So, How Do You Do It?
To start, you’re gonna wanna color like usual, just harder than you usually would. This will deposit more pigment to the paper.
Now, you know that waxy feeling on the paper? Believe it or not, you can keep the pigment and remove the waxy, textured look… just scrape it off!
Yup, that’s right. Just scrape it off. YouTuber Echo Gillette uses a sculpting tool, but you can use pretty much anything.
You’ll notice that the pigment sticks around and the texture leaves. All that’s left is a glossy look… it makes it look professional!
Along with the scraping, coloring in gradients helps a lot too. It’s so easy to do, and it makes such a difference.
I never knew growing up that I could get these sorts of results out of a plain ol’ box of crayons. Seriously, if I had, I would’ve been the best artist in my class!