Many crayon artists (you can find a few online) use solvents to soften their appearance. It can be a wonderful look but, personally, I love the pixilated look the crayon creates when applied just as is. Look at the art examples in this post _ you can see the speckled look crayon has when applied in layers. This adds to the realism, especially when creating an out_of_focus background, such as in these two images.
As the Huffington Post points out, coloring books for adults are best sellers in France and the U.K. Hachette, a French publisher, has even capitalized on the trend by selling a 20_volume collection of stress_reducing coloring books called Art_Thérapie. Using coloring books to de_stress has been especially popular amongst French women, who have even taken to posting their creations on social media and forming Facebook groups to share coloring tips.