Crayon Art

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One of my daily rituals is browsing the DIY section of Pinterest. If any of you do the same, then I’m sure you have seen the melted drippy crayon art. Intrigued by the concept of melted wax, I started playing around with crayons and hair dryers. I thought the “Drip” was cool, but over done and a bit boring. By exploring different methods of heating and blowing, I came up with something pretty cool and unique. Below is my process along with some tips and tricks.... OR if DIY isn't your thing just Click to Buy!

 

    

 

Supplies You'll Need 
LOTS of Crayons ( theres is one of each shade in a box, you can go through at lest 3-5 crayons of one shade on a single crayon painting)
Hair Dryer 
Heat Gun {Optional}
Canvas 
Exacto Knife or a sharp kitchen knife 
Paper Plate or piece of cardboard 

 

     

 

I suggest separating the colors {Red, Green, Blues, etc.} It keeps things organized, and its much easier way to pick the right color tones.  I then shell the colors you want. I use an exacto knife and make an incision in the paper jacket. If you don’t have an exacto knife use a small sharp knife.

 

  

 

Grab your canvas and a color and start!! I suggest starting with a corner, its easier to build upon. If you want a watercolor look, start with a dark shade like navy blue and layer with a lighter shade of the same color. If you want a dramatic shade contrast add a little white at the end. 

 

   

 

Tips and Tricks for Heating and Blowing 
You pretty much always want your heat level to be on hot, but high and medium speeds melt the wax in different ways. Medium speed is slightly more controlled and will allow you to thicken up a color by layering. High speed will give you a spray effect and is good to achieve the watercolor effect.  If you want to use a heat gun put it on low and about 75O degrees. I usually use a heat gun to puddle a color and then I use a hair dryer to move the wax in a certain direction. Heat guns are also key for the drip effect.

 

    

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Good Luck & Go Create!!

 

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55 comments

  • Comment Link Sandy Ramp Friday, 13 September 2013 16:10 posted by Sandy Ramp

    Instead of buying new canvas to paint on I went to thrift store bought old painting and repainted it with spray paint base then had at it. Recycling in the process. Green art. Can also find loads of crayons for cheap. Ask school at end of year to give you colors they throw away.

  • Comment Link Margaret V Friday, 13 September 2013 09:44 posted by Margaret V

    This logos so fun! I can't wait to try it and show my grandkids!

  • Comment Link Shelley Monday, 09 September 2013 09:58 posted by Shelley

    Laura, metal conducts heat and you'll get burned if you use metal tongs to hold the crayons!!!

  • Comment Link Megan Wednesday, 28 August 2013 13:20 posted by Megan

    My crayons didn't melt very well, they just dropped a lot of oil on to the page? Any help?

  • Comment Link Babette Thursday, 01 August 2013 22:56 posted by Babette

    This is wonderful! I was looking for things to do with what I already have in my home. This SO fit the bill! Thanks so much!

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  • Comment Link Mari Sunday, 12 May 2013 08:29 posted by Mari

    Hello,

    Is it possible for you to post a short video showing what you do in order to get the results you get? I tried doing this on both low and high speed but I get big messy splatters which I don't mind but I'd also like to get small ones like yours so I can fit more colors on the canvas.

  • Comment Link janet totten Friday, 10 May 2013 21:31 posted by janet totten

    My 9 yr old did this, and it came out amazing. She blew the Crayon across the page to make the tail of goldfish. She melted the crayon from the top for the body, so it did not run. She kept the wrappers on and used a blow dryer. Thank you for the great idea!

  • Comment Link Jennie  Scott, Scotland Thursday, 09 May 2013 09:32 posted by Jennie Scott, Scotland

    Just like to share with you that my 3 yr old and I did this this morning ... And loved it! He chose the colours (pink featured heavily!) and the results appeared fast enough to keep him engaged. We easily achieved the effects shown and have a beautiful canvas to treasure ... Thank you!

  • Comment Link Alexa Wednesday, 08 May 2013 22:54 posted by Alexa

    This is so neat and creative what you did. Can you do this type of project on wood like a paddle for my sorority?

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