Where is Art 2 the Extreme and The Original Rainbow Crayon Studios located?
Our studio is located in McCordsville, Indiana (just outside of Indianapolis).
Who is the Crayon Artisan behind Art 2 the Extreme?
Each of our 300+ Original Rainbow Crayon styles are cut, created, and packaged by artisan Nicole Lewis, creator and owner of Art 2 the Extreme. Nicole’s husband Eric helps during our busy season, as well as several amazing family members and friends during our holiday rush.
How did you start creating your recycled crayon creations?
I was an elementary Art teacher for 10 years. During my first year of teaching, I planned a lesson with my Kindergarten artists around texture rubbings and Earth Day. The first Rainbow Crayon was created in wax cups and horrible as they were, they worked well and the kids LOVED them! From there, I began creating basic shapes like hearts and stars, opening an Etsy shop in November of 2007. Our shapes and sizes offered (over 300) have come a long way and now created everything from a Ring that actually colors to fortune cookies with real fortunes inside!
Where on Earth do all of your crayons come from?
We collect old nubs and stubs from local churches, daycares, and schools as part of a recycling program. In exchange for old crayons, Art 2 the Extreme offers an exchange for newly recycled Original Crayon goodies to use for school projects such as Santa Shops, school bookstores, or carnival prizes. There are times that certain colors are needed in bulk, so new crayons are mixed with old ones as well. We only use the “name brand” crayon in our creations for the most vivid color.
I tried to make these once. Do you really peel all of the wrappers off yourself?
YES! Each and every crayon small and large is peeled by hand. Up until December 2016, we had been using an exact knife to cut each crayon while spending hours and hours bing-watching our favorite TV shows. For Christmas 2016, my AMAZING brother-in-law invented and constructed a crayon peeling machine (Purdue Engineer) that slices each crayon and dumps it into a bucket. It is the best gift anyone has ever made for me! If you want to see it in action, make sure you check out our Instagram page (@art2theextreme) for exclusive footage.
What age do you recommend Original Rainbow Crayons for?
While we offer plenty of chunky Original Rainbow Crayons perfect for young kiddos, we recommend that Original Rainbow Crayons be used for children ages 3+ (due to some styles with small parts). All Original Rainbow Crayons are made from recycled, “name brand”, non-toxic crayons.
Do you ship Internationally?
Yes. Please contact us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through Etsy to set up a special listing for the correct postage to your destination.
Do you offer wholesale?
Yes! If you have a shop and would like to carry our line of Original Rainbow Crayons, please visit our “WHOLESALE” tab HERE for information, our current look book, and how to receive our line sheet and terms. Due to demand, we are not currently consigning at this time.
Do you make customized crayons for events, businesses, and exclusive styles from ideas suggested?
We are in the early stages of 100%, fully customized and personalized Original Rainbow Crayon Styles. We have so many new ideas and uses for this new technology and cannot wait to create crayons with Logos, special event information, and custom drawings/designs. Contact us using our contact form HERE for more information. We announce information to our Facebook and Instagram pages first, so be sure to follow us!
Do you have kids, a family, a life other than your Original Rainbow Crayons?
Thank you SO much for taking the time to learn more about us and for visiting Art 2 the Extreme. If you need any further information, feel free to sent us an e-mail or fill out our contact form found HERE.