Lettering…

IMGP5944Creativity isn’t my middle name. I enjoy others’ creativity enormously and I think I have a decent sense of my own personal style. However, creativity in general (drawing, sewing, knitting, painting, etc.) just isn’t my strong point. I’ve toyed with a couple of things for brief periods, but abandoned them.

So that’s why I’m kinda geeking out over this new book we discovered about creative lettering. The Art of Whimsical Lettering by Joanne Sharpe is a great overview of how to turn writing into artwork. Words? Into art? Now I’m listening…

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Lettering…

Have you seen this? COLOR APPEEL crayons

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We’re not huge product pushers around here. If anything, we try to live with the philosophy that it’s better to purchase less and invest more in experiences.

However, from time to time we run into things that are wonderful and worth checking out.

Today’s cool find is COLOR APPEEL crayons.

We originally found these in an indie children’s store called PLAY in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. They were pricy but you could see that they produced bright thick colors on the paper and the clear plastic case looked handy enough for use in the car during road trips.

Here we are nearly two years later and I recently ordered a replacement set. That’s how long they’ve lasted. TWO YEARS.

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Hands down, they are one of my favorite art purchases for our kids. First, these crayons are tall and slightly thicker than traditional crayons and colored pencils so they don’t break on a  regular basis. In fact, they’ve never broken. Plus the larger size makes them easier for adults to use when coloring with the kids.

You gradually peel the outer paper down via a string on the side, allowing the coloring stick to stay clean and fresh as you continue to use it. We recently lost a few and when I went to re-order I learned there’s also a metallic set. I snapped up both sets.

Looking for a gift or gift recommendation for grandparents and relatives? This might be a good one. They can be purchased on Amazon here, as well as Barnes and Noble and Paper Source. Happy coloring!

Have you seen this? COLOR APPEEL crayons