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.
The idea is to fill an area by coloring the fabric behind the embroidery. Usually, this means that only the outline is embroidered, with some details added. However, tinting isn't only for coloring inside the lines. Many artists use this technique to create spectacular backgrounds, borders, and accents for their embroidery work.