I use colored pencils for many purposes. As highlighters/color coding, to write with, as book marks, to draw with of course, to color over newspaper pictures in collages. I use oil pastels for art but I don't have the regular chalky pastels anymore...I might get a new set since you also can paint with them. I never use crayons, and don't have any. But I know how to use crayons in a professional manner if I use them--they work like watercolor, you la<x>yer the colors to mix them and use different kinds of pressure. As with oil pastels, you have to pay attention to the texture and buildup because you don't want greasy smears or shine in the wrong places or messy work. That's why areas with strong color have to be build up slowly through sheer la<x>yers. Oil pastels are tricky because like with regular pastels you need blending and sharpening tools. Colored pencils are probably my favorite medium next to pencils. Markers are also very useful, but I hate how easily they dry out or tear/wear down. Acrylic paint is the most all-purpose paint because it works on any surface, even glass, and you can also use it as glue. Oil paints look the best and are most marketable but are a huge pain in the *** because they require lots of prep, tons of tools, and lots of cleanup, and you can't easily dispose of the waste products. Watercolors are nice, but time consuming, but, they are also really clean. Watercolor pencils are a huge pain in the butt. The blending is not predictable. If you want a combination of colored pencil and watercolor then use them, but you have to choose which effect you want, the effects can't be mixed. I really like guache paint but it's too easy to waste it.

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I call crayons crayolas *giggles*

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