National Crayola Crayon Day 2014

Ninja Turtles Crayons
Photo-A-Day #3279

I think I’ve stated this on more than one occasion but Crayola are the only crayons that I will buy for our family. I’ve been getting some great Crayola products lately to review. Products like the My Fashion Show and a bunch of other great items. They must know how much I love their crayons because I recently got a 150 crayon tower. I assume it is for the kids but they aren’t touching it. I know I’m selfish but 150 brand new perfectly shaped crayons. No way am I letting my little crayon peeler and tip snapper at them. Nope they can use the My First Crayons that also arrived.

To celebrate National Crayon Day, which I call National Crayola Crayon Day, I decided to take a box of 64 crayola crayons (A box I already owned) and do my Use Every Color experiment on a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Coloring Page (also from Crayola, which I bought myself because I love the Ninja Turtles). so here is a little progression in the form of photos.

150 Crayola Crayon Tower

When I got home from work I selected which of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles coloring pages I wanted to use. I also opened up that super cool 150 Crayola Crayon Telescoping Tower.

Crayola Crayon Facts:
The first box of Crayola crayons was introduced in 1903. It sold for a nickel and included the same eight colors available today: red, blue, yellow, green, violet, orange, black and brown.

Ready to begin

After sleep and then after the kids went down for bed I set things up to get started. I took out each of the four boxes and used 16 crayons at a time. I also set up my own Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles figures as a reference for the coloring.

Crayola Crayon Facts:
Crayola produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of 12 million wax sticks daily. That’s enough to circle the globe 6 times!

32 Crayons in

At 32 Crayons in I stopped to take the first progress shot. Each turtle is slightly different in color. I blended a bunch of greens together to get the shade of each turtle as close as possible. I spent much of the first 32 crayons on coloring Raphael.

Crayola Crayon Facts:
The average child in the United States will wear down about 730 crayons by his or her 10th birthday (11,464 boxes or 7 lbs of crayons) enough to cover an NBA basketball court!

Finished Picture

The completed coloring page. 64 crayons were used to complete this coloring page. I was pretty close at 32 colors but really refined the coloring page with the last 32. You can see how Leonardo was more blue in the 32 crayon photo. While the actual shades of green of each turtle weren’t spot on they were pretty close. I was focusing on using all the colors and quickly than complete show color accuracy. However, by blending with each of the crayons I got really close.

Crayola Crayon Facts:
According to Christian Science Monitor, parents buy enough crayons in a year to make a giant crayon 35 feet wide and 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty!

One thought on “National Crayola Crayon Day 2014”

  1. Makes me want to get some crayons 🙂

    For the past few years I’ve just got felt tips for the kids, I should get some crayons though.

    64 sounds a bit much for one page, or do I just not remember how many are needed?

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