Farewell, Dandelion. Crayola has decided to retire that particular shade of yellow, even sending "Dan D." on a month-long farewell tour around the US. For some of us, this is not a big deal — in my kids' 128-pack of crayons, there at least five other yellows and oranges; and if the Sun now has a little more red-sky-at-night feel to it, who cares?
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If you're in the "oh well" camp and have a 64-colour box, Goldenrod is pretty close. In the 128-crayon box, you have a few more options in the yellow family: Canary, Laser Lemon, Unmellow Yellow, (presumably mellow) Yellow, and even Banana Mania.
But for some of us, change is hard. One gets used to a crayon colour like one gets used to a lipstick shade or a cut of blue jeans, and we take it hard when the brand discontinues it. So how will those true aficionados of Crayola colours adjust?
I contacted some artists who work primarily in crayon to get their thoughts on the news. Jeffery Robert, who is known as the Crayon Artist, had this to say:
I personally like the Dandelion crayon and will miss it. Many times while creating, I want a subdued yellow to give me a lot of saturation... and not a bright yellow, so Dandelion fulfils my need. It's a yellow without much orange and I like that because the Yellow-Orange Crayon is not a good substitute for Dandelion.
He suggests layering either Yellow and Peach or Yellow and Apricot to make Dandelion, and he notes: "Keep in mind the amount of hand pressure or saturation of each colour will give a variation of the colour desired.
And then I asked Herb Williams, a Nashville-based artist who builds sculptures out of crayons. I expected him to say something like "Banana Mania will do", but Williams' answer was more... artist-like, and a nod to the bigger role that crayons play in children's lives.
"I will miss Dandelion, we were tight. It would be cool if Crayola created a new colour called 'Galaxy' that was black with flecks of metallic blue, pink, red, silver and yellow. They could donate a portion of sales to NASA. Maybe inspire a new generation to dream big and think outside of our earthly 'box'."