Where is Art 2 the Extreme® and The Original Rainbow Crayon® Studio located?
Our crayon shop and studio is located in Noblesville, Indiana (just north of Indianapolis).
Who is the artisan behind Art 2 the Extreme ®?
Nicole Lewis is the founder of Art 2 the Extreme and the creative behind the Original Rainbow Crayon®. The Crayon Crew is made up of Nicole, her husband, Eric, and a small team that creates hundreds of small-batch crayons by hand each day. You can learn more about Nicole and her story HERE.
How did Nicole start creating her rainbow 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 recycled rainbow crayons were created in wax cups and as horrible as they were, they worked well and the kids LOVED them! From there, she began creating basic shapes like hearts and stars, opening an Etsy shop in November of 2007 and became the first artist to create and sell a handmade crayon online through Etsy. Art 2 the Extreme is best known for our personalized crayons and customized crayon design options, but offer a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and themes for your gifting occasions.
Where on Earth do all of your crayons come from?
We only use "name brand" crayons in our creations for the most vivi, colorful crayons possible. At the same time, we also collect old nubs and stubs from local churches, daycares, and school as part of a recycling program. In exchange for old crayons, Art 2 the Extreme® offers an exchange for newly recycled Original Rainbow Crayon® goodies to use for school projects such as Santa Shops, school bookstores, or carnival prizes.
Art 2 the Extreme works closely with Crayon Collection, donating unused crayons to their Color Kindness Program. This program pairs community partners with underserved schools and children's programs in need of gently-used crayons that would otherwise make their way to landfills or go unused. If you are interested in sponsoring a shipment of crayons for this program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org and mention Art 2 the Extreme.
I tried to make these once. Do you really peel off all of the wrappers yourself?
YES! Each and every crayon is cut and peeled by hand. Our team cuts over 5,000 crayons a week. We put the HAND in handmade! We once engineered a crayon slicer that was really awesome. You can see that machine HERE.
What age do you recommend Original Rainbow Crayons ® for?
While we offer plenty of rainbow crayon styles perfect for young kiddos, we recommend that Original Rainbow Crayons be used for children ages 3+ due to styles with small parts or pieces that can break off. Adult supervision is required. All crayons are made from recycled or new, "name brand", non-toxic crayons with no other additives.
Do you offer wholesale?
YES! If you have a physical storefront and would like to carry our Original Rainbow Crayon® gifts, please visit our wholesale information page. Due to demand, we do not consign or wholesale to online-only boutiques at this time.
How can I order a custom crayon design for my business, wedding, party, birthday, or event?
YES! We can create a 100% fully customized crayon design for your next event, custom wedding favor idea, birthday party, or special event. Visit HERE to see past party inspiration and custom crayon designs, as well as contact us with your next crayon design idea!
Do you ship your crayons internationally?
We currently ship to the US and Canada. If you would like to set up a special shipment outside of these countries, please contact email@example.com with your request and for estimated postage costs.
I own a small business or brand. Does Nicole offer business coaching or brand consultation?
YES! Nicole offers business coaching for small businesses and private brand consultation. To inquire about your business needs, see more info HERE. To set up a "Pick My Brain" session (our version of buy me a coffee), visit her Calendly site to book an appointment.
How can I get in touch with Nicole for a speaking engagement?
To inquire about speaking engagements with Nicole at your event or company, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Nicole have kids, a family, a life other than her Original Rainbow Crayons®?
"I am a mom to two amazing boys, who bring so much joy into my life. I started this handmade business out of my love for art and teaching. It has been amazing to see how everything has evolved to center around my boys and their interests. My husband, Eric, worked in education and also graduated law school. He works side-by-side with me in the studio on crayon production.
I have a rescue cat named Webber. You can see him often in my Instagram reels and is the inspiration behind the custom cat portrait crayons.
Outside of being a mom and CEO, I LOVE to travel and sew for fun.
I love meeting new people, especially those who are also crafty and own their own businesses. I want nothing more in life than to see small shops 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."