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 500+ 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 500) 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 binge-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?
Yes! We can create a 100%, fully customized or personalized crayon design for your next event, wedding, party, or special occasion. Visit HERE to see past work and contact us about your next idea!
Do you have kids, a family, a life other than your Original Rainbow Crayons®?
I am a mom to two amazing boys (almost 4 and 2) who bring so much joy into my life. I started this handmade business out of my love for art and teaching and it has been amazing to see how everything has changed and evolved to center around my boys and their interests. I have an amazing husband who works in education and is a night Law student, so needless to say, we are busy around the clock when he pitches in during the holiday busy season.
I have a cat named Webber as well. He is a rescue cat and is one cool dude.
Outside of being a mom and Rainbow Crayon Artisan, I LOVE to travel and sew for fun.
I love meeting new people and especially those who are crafty like I am and own their own handmade businesses. I want nothing more in life than to see small shop and business owners become successful and happy in what they do and the goals they set! It takes a village of support to make that happen.
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 send us an e-mail or fill out our contact form found HERE.