Wednesday, October 18, 2017

My love for Distress Crayons


In January of 2016, Tim Holtz of Ranger expanded his Distress Products with Distress Crayons. Of course, the colors were gorgeous and matched up with all the other Distress products. But the crayons themselves, oh my oh my. Intense color in a creamy crayon, what more could a girl want? I started traveling with them, carrying them places where it wasn't convenient for me to use paint especially, and I fell deeply in love. 

Here's a video of some of the ways I use them.


Distress Crayon Video

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76 comments:

  1. As always, just LOVE you're ideas Mary Beth!! cindykl2006 at yahoo dot com

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  2. Very nice work MaryBeth Shaw. Experimentation is the name of the game.

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  3. I am so inspired. I love this match up!

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  4. Great palette, of course. I want to go rub out some edges right now.

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  5. They do have great pigment. Love the use of gesso.

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  6. I have these but have not used them and you have me excited MaryBeth

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  7. Thanks, I have distress crayons and now I learned anew way to use them👍

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  8. Love watching you play....great ideas!

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  9. Love watching you play....great ideas!

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  10. They would make for great travel art!

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  11. Brilliant techniques, Mary Beth!!
    Can't wait to try them all!!
    Thank you for using my Map 6 stencil in your video...my heart started to race when I saw you combine it with 3 of my favorite colors of Distress Crayons! :) xo

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  12. Thank you so much!! I have some of the Distressed Crayons but I havent been too successful in using them...now I think I could do something with them thanks to your tutorial!!

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  13. Thanks so much for sharing how you used the Distress Crayons with stencils. Great techniques!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

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  14. I'm off to buy some Distress Crayons now!

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  15. You've inspired me yet again :) I'm going to dig out my distress crayons this afternoon & have a play. Thanks MB!

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  16. Tried to sign up for the Scoop, but it said there was an error because janisgraham (at) yahoo (dot com) is already on the list. Even without a giveaway, this tutorial is a gift in itself, Mary Beth! Now where did I put those Distress Crayons again?

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    1. Darn it, the sound on my computer is off and I can't hear MB! Where is that IT guy when you need him for the important stuff?

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  17. Love this Mary Beth! I'm off to find my distress crayons and play!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Great Inspiration...all these new products! LOVE LOVE LOVE

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  19. I've been on the fence about the crayons (I do have a set), but seeing the various ways that they can be used with the stencils is really inspiring!

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  20. How Fun! I don't have any Distress Crayons but now I want to try them!
    Kate

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  21. Gorgeous Mary Beth! I don't have any Distress Crayons, but after watching your video, might have to invest!!
    Thanks for the inspiration and the fun hop!
    Jackie xx

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  22. Sweet! Loving your method at 6:50!

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  23. Will have to give these crayons a try! Love how you play with them!

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  24. I haven't seen the crayons but I'll
    be looking into them. The inks are
    fantastic so I'm sure the crayons
    are too. thanks for the video.
    I'm sure it will be a big help
    when I get the crayons.
    txmlhl@yahoo.com

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  25. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE watching you play and teach. I could do it all day. Oh, wait. I have done it all day!!! :) ~Rachel Bell

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  26. LOve these colors and effects! must go play!

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  27. ok, need to add my email. banec1@yahoo.com

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  28. I love this technique and use it a lot! Beautiful results. I also love the color combos you use. Some I never would think of like the grape and peeled paint. Thanks for expanding my knowledge!

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  29. Thanks for the great inspiration and video.
    Gilda McCain

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  30. I love the colors you use! Looks like a lot of fun.

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  31. I'm alway motivated by your creative exploring and techniques, MaryBeth!

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  32. Thanks so much! Several months ago I bought all the crayons that were available but they have sat in my basement unused. Thank you for the video demonstration. I have one question: Since these react with wet surfaces, how do I seal my project to protect it? If I use Matte Medium or something similar, won't the color smear?

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  33. Wow, talk about looking at those crayons in a new light. I played with them on clear gesso when I got them. I was just (re)organizing and came across the crayons. Now I’m glad I know where they are!

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  34. Mary Beth, I LOVE this distress crayon play! Will definitely use these.

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  35. Thank you for more techniques when using stencils and Tim's crayons. Love the effects.
    Suzschultz23(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. Love those Distress Crayons.
    Paperygoodnesspress at g mail dot com

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  38. I have never been sure what to do with the Distress Crayons, you've changed that! Thank you for your enthusiasm:)
    jakkigarlans (at) gmail (dot) com

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  39. So fun to see the video using the Distressed Crayons! This was a new product for me.

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  40. I've never seen this product - the crayons look fun!

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  41. Have not tried the crayons yet... thanks for the intro!

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  42. wow I have not used these yet, looks great!

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  43. Love all your videos
    ll_hanson@yahoo.com

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  45. Love the effects you get combining the Distress crayons and gesso and paints with the stencils - the color possibilities are mind boggling. swartell(at)gmail(dotcom)

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  46. I just was introduced to these crayons and am glad to see a different way to use them!

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  47. Mary Beth, I was so excited when I saw that you were going to demonstrate the way you use Tim Holtz's distress crayons! That's because I read your how-to article about using them in Somerset Studio's March/April '17 issue and went crazy for them. I love the look! I had purchased one or two of the sets but hadn't been too impressed with my own experiments so far and wasn't planning to do much more with them. (Who'd've thunk to add gesso into the mix?!) But when I read your article I tried your technique immediately and was SO happy with the results that I went and bought all of the other sets. In fact, your article still sits open on top of my sewing machine so I'm reminded every day to create more stuff using your technique. I had a couple of questions after reading the article, though, and wished I could just watch you do what you described. So now you have, and I think I have the complete picture (you must have been reading my mind). Thank you, thank you, thank you. Can't wait for Friday night to roll around so I can get all messy with stencils, gesso, and Distress Crayons. Whoopee!

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  48. Love it. I can hardly wait to try this fabulous use of the watercolor crayons. Your style I love. THANK you for the chance. C21claudia@aol.com

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  49. Mary Beth, I really enjoy watching your videos and how you use stencils it's inspiring. I have these distress crayons and now have a new use for them. Thanks so much.
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  50. That is such a helpful video, Mary Beth! Usually products come out & there's no explanation about their versatility or basic use. I have some of these crayons but couldn't quite get the hang of them - now I can!

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  51. Thx for the inspiration Mary Beth. You never disappoint!

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  52. Loved the stencil and the distressed crayons and how you used them. Thanks so much.

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  53. My distress crayons have been sitting in a drawer but thanks to your great ideas, they'll now be getting a workout!

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  54. I have been using the distress crayons since you taught us about them in August but I had forgotten about feathering the edges with gesso....you are so very clever Mary Beth!!!! Love this!

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  55. Great video!! I love the crayons I have but definitely need more colours! :) cathymp2119@yahoo.com

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  56. Fun to see a new way to use stencils and the squishy wonderfulness that is Distress Crayons!

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  57. What a lot of fun to watch you do all those techniques with the Distress Crayons! I am now on the hunt to find some to play with. I loved the way you showed different ways of using the crayons and being able to see them side by side. Thanks for a great video.

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  58. Thank you for sharing this awesome video. I am a newbie to all of these techniques and have become obsessed about learning! Thank you again.

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  59. What a fun technique! Thank you! I want to try this later with stencils. amanda (at) meadowdance (dot org)

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  60. wonderful MaryBeth, love how you use the distress crayons!!

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  61. Great use of Distress Crayons. Will be playing with these.

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  62. Love the distress crayon video that Mary Beth Shaw made. Magic with stencils!

    sharongiles@gmail.com

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  63. Every time I watch you create with Distress Crayons, you inspire me! ♥

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  64. Love your technique and Distress Crayons!!!

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  65. I'm a little bit ashamed to say I've never Distress Crayons so far....

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  66. Love watching you work with stencils.

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  67. Looked lovely - will get going!

    Eva (in stencil club)

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  69. Nice project, thanks for the chance to win!
    clen3(at)sbcglobal(dotnet)

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  70. love how they work with the stencils!
    aka(dot)snapdragon(at)yahoo(dotcom)

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  71. Wow, I do own all the colors of these crayons but I used them once I think. I love your video, it inspired me to use them more often. Thanks.

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  72. I do love Distress Crayons, too!!!
    Your project is stunning.
    Thank you for the video and inspirations.

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