Melted Crayon Art for Grownups

One of the most popular posts from my blog archives is my take on melted crayon art- which I used in my daughter's room. Earlier this year I decided that I wanted to try the technique again, but I wanted to do a more grown up looking version. I actually wrote this post several months ago as a submission for a paid freelance writing gig with a popular shelter blog...but I never heard anything back from them.  Enough time has passed that I think it's safe to re-post my submission here. However, if for some reason they decide to email me tomorrow, offer me my dream job and post my work on their website, I may have to make this post disappear- but at least you'll know why.
 
So here is my submission, and my step by step instructions for creating a one of a kind masterpiece in your own home.
 

 
It's really no big secret that heat will melt wax, but when pictures started popping up on Pinterest showing what you can make using a blow dryer and a box of crayons, I couldn't believe my eyes. From the moment that I saw that first waxy melted Crayola rainbow, I knew that I wanted in on this trend. But I wanted to put my own spin on it and make something that I could hang someplace other than just the playroom. Several months, and many boxes of crayons later, I'm just a few masterpieces shy of having crayon on the wall in every room of my home.


What you'll need:

Small to Medium sized artist's canvas
Crayons or crayon pieces (exact number will depend on the size of your canvas and thickness of wax that you'd like on your canvas)
Blow dryer with a diffuser attachment
A few small wooden sticks such as a chopsticks
Optional- acrylic paint and a foam paintbrush


Directions:
1) Unwrap the crayons and break them in half (or smaller).

2) Pick 2-3 crayon pieces to start with, and place them in one corner of the canvas. Ideal color mixing will occur when more than one color of crayon is melted simultaneously- but be sure to give each crayon its own space if you want to clearly see the individual colors in addition to an area of blended color.



2) Slowly heat the crayons to melting using the blow dryer on high heat.  The diffuser attachment will allow you to successfully melt the crayons without blowing them off of canvas.

3) Using the wooden chopsticks, move the melting crayons around the canvas and swirl the different colors of wax into your desired pattern.


4) Work across your canvas, a few crayon pieces at a time, until the entire space is covered with melted wax.






5) You may melt wax all of the way to the edge of the canvas or leave a small border. After the wax is completely dry, the edges can be finished using a small foam paintbrush and some acrylic paint to create the look of a frame. 



6) Hang your creation and let the compliments flood in!



Tips:

For best results, use a collection of crayons from one brand so that wax will melt and mix evenly.

Choose adjacent colors carefully. Complimentary hues such as orange and blue will produce brown when mixed.

The entire canvas can be re-liquefied for touch ups with direct heat from the blow dryer- but always use the diffuser attachment so that the wax is not blown off of the canvas.

This project is not recommended for children, as very high heat must be used to melt the crayons.

5 comments:

  1. Love this! Can't wait to give it a try :)

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  2. This is fabulous! I would love, love, LOVE to get something like this as a Christmas/Birthday gift. (Hint Hint) Those blues look like waves.....

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  3. This looks like so much fun, love it!

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  4. You are very talented. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

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  5. I have been planning this for weeks waiting for the perfect day off for my attempt. It's here and I REALLY hope it works!! Thanx so much for the easy to follow directions!

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