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.
These extra sheet of paper will stop your coloring being affected by the texture of the surface you are working on. Colored pencils will easily pick up even the smallest dents, divots or wood grain textures. For smoother coloring give your page that little extra cushion! It is also useful to add paper between your page and the next when you are using a coloring book, the paper protects the design underneath from being damaged.