Crayon is defined in a dictionary as:
cray·on n. 1. A stick of colored wax, charcoal, or chalk, used for drawing.
Chalk: The development of the chalk used 30,000 years ago to the present is minimal. Chalks are calcium carbonate and maybe some color pigment, if used and a binder. Blackboard chalk is the simplest version.
|My drawing of white pastel on burgundy Canson Mi-Teintes|
Pastels: A sophisticated crayon composed of mostly pigment and a minimal binder to keep it in a stick form. Softer pastels are usually wrapped in paper to help hold them together. The harder pastel sticks are shown in the lower right
|A few pastel samples from Dakota Pastels. See this chart and the details HERE.|
|Pastel of my grandson|
Pastels also come in a pencil form. The pastel in the wood pencil casing is a little harder for better detail work and sharpening. It still crumbles easily if not careful.
|My drawing using Conte pastel pencil|
While in the local hardware store, I happened into the kitchen area and saw a Microplane zester. I could tell that it was going to work. It was a stainless steel woodworking tool initially with very small razor sharp raised edges.
|This is the Microplane zester in the lemon zester mode.|
|Microplane, pointed Conte pastel pencil. pointed Sanguine Conte crayon, and a pencil extender for bits of Conte crayon. Notice the sharp points without breakage.|