Rainbow Crayon Artist and Founder of Art 2 the Extreme: Nicole Lewis
Since 2007, Nicole Lewis has made her colorful mark on the world of art supplies and children’s gifts through her playful collection of Original Rainbow Crayons®. Her rainbow crayon designs not only provides a unique gift for any occasion, but takes a creative approach to the fun and functionality of traditional crayons.
Before devoting her work full-time to her custom multicolored crayon business, Nicole drew inspiration for her specialty crayons from her 15+ years of expertise in the arts, with 10 of those years as an Elementary Art teacher. Not only did Nicole teach visual arts from a cart with the extra challenge of going from classroom to classroom, but also saw a need for adaptive art supplies for her differently-abled students needing an easier way to hold a crayon.
Nicole has set the standard on the handmade product site, Etsy. In 2020, her colorful rainbow crayons placed top 10 in the Kids Category Etsy Design Awards out of 5 million Etsy shops. In 2022, her family-run business was featured in the Etsy Quit Your Day Job series. You can watch Nicole on camera sharing her founder story and a peek behind the scenes in Etsy’s Meet the Maker series on YouTube.
The high quality rainbow crayon letters and shapes have captured media attention for years. Her rainbow crayons have been featured in major publications such as Food Network Magazine, Real Simple, Buzzfeed, Midwest Living, Good Housekeeping, US Weekly, and People.
In addition to her crayon work, Nicole is an educator for Etsy U, a community education program that connects shop owners with Etsy experts to learn how to get your shop started, how to take your business to the next level, the ins and outs of marketing and more! She specializes in the topics of branding and getting press for your handmade business.
You can watch her upcoming panel and branding classes during the Etsy Up: Holiday Edition on September 8th.
To inquire about speaking engagements with Nicole at your event or company, please email Nicole@art2theextreme.com.
Art 2 the Extreme specializes in customized and personalized crayon design for your gifting needs. Our Original Rainbow Crayons® are multicolored, uniquely shaped crayons that encourage creative thinking and imaginative making outside the traditional crayon box.
Our rainbow crayons empower people with different abilities and ideas. It's something we think about in having multiple ways to grip the crayons and chunkier shapes that aren’t going to roll off the table. Original Rainbow Crayons are also durable, which is nice as a parent or educator, so you’re not constantly having to sharpen them or buy a new set.
Watch our welcome video on YouTube
Watch our Meet the Maker Etsy Feature on YouTube
Read our Quit Your Day Job feature on Etsy
Watch Nicole on FOX59 Indianapolis - Indy Now September 2021
Watch Nicole on Fox 59 - Indy Now March 2022
On Camera - Watch Nicole on her Instagram Channel
Watch Nicole Live on September 8th, 2022 - Etsy Up Conference Speaker and Panelist
Mini Donut Original Rainbow Crayons® are a “healthy” treat for foodie friends.
Art 2 the Extreme® is proud to partner with Crayon Collection, a nonprofit with the mission is to inspire a commitment to environmental consciousness and the infusion of art education in underfunded schools. In addition to donating crayons to vulnerable classrooms, Crayon Collection partners with renowned artists to design and implement lesson plans that use art as a tool to teach STEM, literacy and social-emotional learning standards.
Art 2 the Extreme donates over 100,000 new and used crayons across the country each year through Crayon Collection. Your donations to Crayon Collection help our unused crayons ship to underserved communities and into the hands of students who need art supplies the most.
Watch Nicole discuss her work with the Crayon Collection on Fox 59.