- Ranger Distress Crayons: costing approximately £10 - 15 per pack of six, from many UK retailers, available in packs of colours to co-ordinate with other Ranger distress products (inks/re-inkers/sprays/stains/paints/embossing powders etc)
- Crayola twistable Slick Stix: costing between £6 (for 6) - £15 (for 12), from a number of UK retailers, most notably Amazon. Colours - mostly primary colours though the pack of twelve also includes silver and gold
- Maped Colour'peps smoothy gel crayons: costing less than £8 for a pack of twelve though the only place I've seen them is Amazon. Colours appear brighter in the dispenser but we'll soon find out if that's carried across to the end result.
- Ranger Distress Crayons ... small and neat "crayons" with a pull off cap, stored in plastic wallets so it's easy to keep colour sets together. Because of their "crayon" like appearance and size these are probably the easiest to transport for classes, crops, travel etc.
- Crayola Slick Stix ... chunky and fun with an easy to remove cap, stored in a cardboard box with an acetate insert which comes out (if you're not careful) when trying to put the slick stix back in the box. However, given the size of the box I suspect most people will find an alternative way to store them.
- Maped Colour'peps smootheys ...... chunky crayons with easy to remove pull off caps, stored in a transparent plastic case which clips shut, it's easy to see what colours are in there - again - IMHO pretty good for travelling purposes like crops and classes.
- Ranger Distress Crayons: are small and neat, like a crayon, the pull off cap is easy to use and has a clip front which stops the crayon from rolling - but only when the lid is on. The colour simply twists up so never needs sharpening
- Crayola Slick Stix: are much chunkier so likely to last longer - though, obviously, I've not had them or used them for long enough to say this is or is not the case. The pull off ventilated cap is easy to remove and has ridges on either side of the cap to prevent the crayon rolling when the cap is on. The colour simply twists up so never needs sharpening
- Maped Colour'pep smoothy: fall between the neatness of the DC's and the chunkiness of the Slick Stix. The pull off cap comes off easily but neither the crayon nor the cap appears to have anything in place to stop the crayon rolling. The colour simply twists up so never needs sharpening
|Ready to roll with my crayons, gesso'd card, stencils and a trusty baby wipe!|
|Blending with a baby wipe|
|Using a baby wipe to knock back colour|
|My completed piece with the top samples being baby wipe blended, the bottom|
samples being blended with a finger and, as soon as the last bottom panel was knocked back
I went back to my first sample panel and stamped with Archival ink
- Ranger Distress Crayons are the most expensive option, best designed and fairly well packaged in a clear soft plastic wallet. They are creamy and easy to apply and offer the widest colour choice. They blend easily, remaining vibrant and dry to an almost silky finish. They dried the most quickly too. If I'm honest, these are probably the best product of the three but you have to really use them a lot to make them worth the expense unless you can find them at a bargain price
- Crayola Slick Stix are the middle priced range offering a well designed crayon but not so well packaged. They too are creamy (though not SO creamy as D.C.'s) and are easy to apply and blend though they do take a little longer to dry in order to stamp on top of. They remain vibrant and also dry to a silky smooth finish. This product represents the best value for people who like to play with many techniques, especially as they do seem significantly larger than the Distress Crayons.
- Maped Colour'pep smoothy gel crayons are the cheapest option with sturdy packaging (brilliant for transport) in a click seal transparent rigid plastic case. The crayons don't appear as well designed and seem prone to rolling and take the longest time, of the three, to dry. They also dry to a silky smooth finish though perhaps not QUITE as silky, or as vibrant, as 1 and 2. This option may be the best if you don't plan to use the techniques a whole lot or are, perhaps, on a budget.