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Slick Stix and Gesso Experiment

I’ve been making space in my studio for 2012.  What does that mean?  Facing the reality that if I haven’t gotten to something in a very long while I probably won’t and that space needs to be freed up for other creative endeavors.  I have had the slick stix by crayola for a very long time (got them at a great price in kids clearance at a craft store) and haven’t used them much.  They are creamy and vibrant.  So, I had a choice – use it or lose it!  That is my perfect recipe for experimentation!!


Slick Stix by Crayola





Scribble on a magazine page.  A slick surface lets more of the color mix with the gesso in the next step.







I also scribbled on art paper.  It is not a slick surface but it too worked for this experiment.




Use gesso and cover the scribble pages.  The look you will get will depend on your  scribbling (hard, soft, lots of color, only 2 colors, etc.) , how much gesso you add, and how much you work the gesso around the page. Below are several pages I scribbled then gesso’d over.  It is a very serendipitous way to spread color – just relax and play!























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  • Gwen January 1, 2012, 8:48 am

    This a brilliant idea…..I love experimenting!
    Have fun!
    If I have not already said happy new year, then happy new year..to you

  • Maria January 1, 2012, 1:01 pm

    I’ve never seen those before…..interesting!
    Happy New Year my friend!!!!!
    Hoping we can see you soon!

  • Kelly January 1, 2012, 9:19 pm

    What a great project! i never would have thought of the gesso over marker but the result is just lovely! Thanks so much for sharing the process and Happy New Year!

  • Cynthia January 1, 2012, 10:43 pm

    I’ve never seen Slick Stix either. Very cool outcome! I love the muted effect!

  • Rita McGregor January 1, 2012, 11:04 pm

    Wow! What fun! I love that you could get either a pastel look or a deeper color. Great fun! 🙂

  • suzanne January 1, 2012, 11:25 pm

    OOhh… I them too and haven’t used them. Great push for me to use them (and good timing since i just took the UIU pledge)….thanks!! ~suzanne

    • Carolyn January 2, 2012, 11:57 am

      I’d love to see what you create!

  • Create With Joy January 2, 2012, 12:05 am

    Happy New Year to you! Your blog rocks & I’m looking forward to sharing a year of Creativity with you! 🙂


  • Karen January 2, 2012, 2:40 am

    Visiting from CED, nice blog. Thanks for sharing the Slick Stix technique, never have seen these before…

  • Valerie-Jael January 2, 2012, 4:03 am

    Great idea, must try this – looks like messy colour FUN! Valerie

  • Lou Belcher January 2, 2012, 7:42 am

    I think I’ll try this later today…. Nice idea.



    • Carolyn January 2, 2012, 11:58 am

      I’d love to see how your experiment turns out!

  • Vicki January 2, 2012, 8:04 am

    Looks like a lot of fun. I got some new oil pastels for Christmas that I think are something like your “slick sticks”. I think I may have to play with them today.


  • Evelyn January 2, 2012, 8:25 am

    Interesting result. Love the vibrant colours, also love the muted colours.

    Happy New Year Carolyn,


  • Lori Moon January 2, 2012, 9:05 am

    Carolyn – what a great idea! I’m visiting from CED. I love to learn new painting techniques. Hmmmm, I have some supplies that I haven’t used in awhile – I think I may need to experiment. Thanks for sharing.

  • Ginny January 2, 2012, 9:38 am

    I love watching you create and I am always fascinated by the end result. This looks like fun.

  • Nicole Foshee January 2, 2012, 10:45 am

    I love how these turned out. I am going to have to go hunt down those slick stix.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • Carol January 2, 2012, 10:46 am

    What fun and such colorful experiments ~ Visiting from CED ~ thanks ~ namaste, Carol ~ Share the Creative Journey and A Creative Harbor ~ Happy New Year!

  • Carol Samsel January 2, 2012, 12:36 pm


  • Belle Wong January 2, 2012, 2:18 pm

    So much fun! I have some Crayola portfolio oil pastels somewhere … must dig them out!

  • Connie Rawlins January 2, 2012, 11:14 pm

    Neat idea. Love your results.

  • Tracey Fletcher King January 4, 2012, 3:52 pm

    I am heading out to hunt these little beauties down… look like great fun and I actually like those two bottom pages as they are… they look like little abstract expressionist pieces all on their own…xx