That is what a Crayon Box Should Look Like

On Sunday I wrote about using every color in your crayon box. I even put out a challenge to people to try this in the literal sense. So yesterday when we went to the store I picked up a 64 count box of Crayola Crayons. I opened the box to see 63 perfect crayon tips staring back at me. One tip must have gotten damaged in transit. I removed the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet, Black and Brown Crayons from the box.

Take out the crutch colors.

These are the defaults, the standbys the go to colors that are most typically used in each box of crayons. I didn’t want to fall back on what I was already completely familiar with and used to. So often we get stuck in a rut and end up going to the things that we use as crutches. I didn’t want to have the crutch of those colors holding me back from exploring every other color in the box.

I took a sheet of my daughters giant Hello Kitty Coloring book.

Starting Out

I think it is 16 X 20 or so, anyway it was big and I needed that because I was going to use 56 crayons to color it. I decided to up the ante from 30 minutes and colors to 56 colors in 56 minutes. I took out my iPod Touch set the timer and began. I would hit the minute timer, grab a crayon and furiously color for 1 minute with that color. When the timer went off I would reset grab another crayon and continue to color.

The Completed Colored Page

What did this experiment teach me?

For one thing I had to make quick decisions and commit. If I pulled out a blue and I went right to the trees then the trees would be blue. I didn’t think about what color to use in which particular place. I just grabbed and colored over and over. After a while I got into a little rhythm and began to see this new color in my hand and see also how it would become part of the picture as a whole. Can this color be used to shade an area? Would this be a good primary color for the ground, the sky, trees? This freed my mind from thinking and planning ahead. I saw each color in front of me and found the perfect place for it.

Close up

What Can This Experiment Teach You?

You do not have to do the same thing over and over. Experimentation is fun. Think of everything that you have at your disposal. You have Facebook, Twitter, Your Blog, E-mail newsletters and so many tools. What are your “crutch” tools? What do you use most often to get results. Try this for a day, don’t use any of your crutch tools, take the time to experiment with tools that you are not as comfortable or familiar with. Do you really know much about Technorati or Stumble Upon, maybe you can spend some time there. Are you writing sponsored posts, maybe look into running a great CPC campaign.

The trees

What To Take Away From This?

Every color in the crayon box has a purpose and can be used to create something extraordinary. Every tool that you have at your disposal as a blogger can be used to make extraordinary things happen for you. But you must stop relying on the crutches and experiment with new and exciting things as often as possible.

More detail

Would You Like to Recreate The Experiment?

  • Get a box of brand new crayons.
  • Remove the Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Violet Brown and Black crayons.
  • Get a coloring page (or blank sheet of paper if you are really serious)
  • Get a stopwatch or something to tell you when a minute is up. The stopwatch on the iPod or iPhone works great for this. Set the stopwatch for a minute.
  • Start the countdown and grab one crayon at random.
  • Color with that crayon for one minute.
  • Repeat until every crayon has been used.

I’d love to see your finished products. Shoot the box of crayons before you start, shoot the coloring page or blank sheet of paper too. Then take some photos during the experiment, or have someone shooting photos of you doing this. Then take photos of the box when you are done and also take a photo of the finished product.

Job Well Done

I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Please share your experiments with me.

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14 Responses to “Use Every Crayon In The Box Experiment”

  1. Bert says:

    The result of experiment was absolutely nice and creating something or trying something has a different result. I was amaze with the creation.
    .-= Look at what Bert | UPrinting.com wrote blog ..14 Business Card Designs in Dark Colors =-.

  2. Drew says:

    Thanks Bert, glad to have a fan of my crazy experiements.

  3. Laura says:

    Good experiment. I’ve been colouring with my nieces several weekends this summer. They have tons of crayons and colours. Most of the time I end up using whatever colour they leave me as they like having both fists full of crayons, hoarding them, as they work. They laugh at the colours I use for dogs, trees, etc. I just think of them all as space aliens.

  4. Drew says:

    Laura,
    Yes, my daughter takes all the crayons as I use them so I can only have them for a little while at a time.

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  6. Sally says:

    This would be a great activity in the classroom! It would go great with the book, “The Crayon Box that Talked.” Hmmm…I might tweak this a bit and use it in my Micro-Teaching class next week! Thanks for the great idea!!
    .-= Look at what Sally wrote blog ..Springing to Life =-.

  7. Drew says:

    Sally,
    I hope that you can incorporate this into your classroom. I would love for you to send me the results as photos and maybe a write up. Guest post if you’d like? I will have to get that book, is it a children’s book?

  8. vagabond blue says:

    Thanks for this seriously cool experiment, Drew! It really helped me to free up the creative flow.

  9. Drew says:

    Vagabond Blue,
    I am glad that you tried the experiment, I want to keep this going and I hope that more people attempt it. I’ve also got to come up with some new experiments too as they seem to be well received.

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  11. Hannah says:

    Thanks for this! I did a bit of a variation of it using chalk and posted on my blog with pictures if anyone’s interested : http://notoriouslygenius.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/an-experiment-here-or-there/
    Definitely got the creative juices in action :]
    Look at what Hannah wrote blog post ..An experiment- here or there

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