Thursday, August 10, 2006
Color Me Creative
Am I the only one who is drawn to new boxes of Crayolas? I bought TWO boxes from the back-to-school displays, just because I love new crayons! That smell takes me right back to my childhood and those hours of enjoyment.
Since attending a Sharon Sala (Dinah McCall) workshop some years back, I always have a few crayons lying on my desktop. She passed out three crayons and a page from a coloring book as people entered the room. We were told to color as people got settled and she began. Into the program, she asked people to hold up their pages. She asked how difficult it had been to color without all the correct colors. Some people hadn't colored their picture at all.
The whole point was to do something different; to make Daffy Duck green and purple for example, and to be okay wuth that. Put a twist to your story, don't do the predictable. Take chances and color outside the lines. Numerous beloved kids have tried to take those three special crayons (orange, denim and fuscia) from my desk, but they never get far. Those crayons are my reminder to think outside the box.
Crayola brand crayons were the first kids crayons ever made, invented by cousins, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith. The brand's first box of eight Crayola crayons made its debut in 1903. The crayons were sold for a nickel and the colors were black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow, and green. The word Crayola was created by Alice Stead Binney (wife of Edwin Binney) who took the French words for chalk (craie) and oily (oleaginous) and combined them.
My favorite Sharon Sala books is Out of The Dark. What's yours?