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From the back cover:Remarkable is the only word for this book that shows in color Professor Alkemas crayon art, along with the work of his college-student teachers-in-training and their primary school pupils. If you have always thought of theMoreFrom the back cover:Remarkable is the only word for this book that shows in color Professor Alkemas crayon art, along with the work of his college-student teachers-in-training and their primary school pupils. If you have always thought of the crayon as a lowly tool for childrens scrawls you will be astounded at what beauty can be drawn from a crayon.With various kinds of crayons -- oil pastels, water crayons, fluorescent crayons, pencil crayons, pastel crayons, and ordinary wax crayons -- using the crayons point, a peeled side or a blunt end, Professor Alkema shows what you or anyone can achieve. He illustrates each design and technique with colorful examples.Every conceivable sort of surface for crayoning is explored in this complete coverage of crayons. Cloth, crushed paper bags, oiled paper, graph paper, paper plates and sandpaper are among the more unusual surfaces. The author, whose Creative Paper Crafts -- in Color quickly became the standard book on that subject, even melts wax crayons and paints with them, shaves and chops crayons to make mosaics with them, applies crayons over stencils, creates multi-surface paintings, collages and string designs, pointillistic art, mobiles and window transparencies -- the list is almost endless. Crayon resist techniques are fully explored, and so is crayon etching.For the teacher there is a section on stimulating children to express their personal ideas with crayon. But actually, from first page to last, the entire book is inspiring. It is an eye-opener and a working guide that spells out in simple terms how to do it, and demonstrates in magnificent color pictures what amateurs have done. Papge after page you are challenged to put the book down and create with crayons yourself.