Monday, April 29, 2013

Crayon Melt Painting Tutorial

 Here is my version of the popular crayon blow drier art featuring some of my favorite colors.  Enjoy!

Supplies needed:
Canvases (I used these 11"x14" canvases from JoAnn)
- Large Box
- Crayons
- Acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- hot glue gun
- blow drier

Step 1: Paint the canvas.
Step 2: Glue crayons pieces to the end of the cardboard, glue a piece of cardboard behind the cardboard so that the crayons will be flush with the painting and attach the cardboard with the crayons to the canvas using tape.  

Step 2/3: Blowdry the crayons so that they melt onto the canvas.  Continue until you have the desired amount of melting.  Do this step inside a large box to minimize the mess.

Step 4: Make a knot on each end of a string. Glue the string onto the canvas ~2 inches below the top.

  • Update: This method of hanging up the paintings did not work for long. After ~3 months, both paintings fell down. A better way to hang them up is to superglue a sawtooth picture hanger to the back of the canvases or to use superglue instead of the hot glue as pictured below.

Step 5: Hang the paintings and enjoy!

Tips: Make sure the crayons on the cardboard are flush with the front of the canvas.  This will prevent wax from running down the back of the canvas.  Any wax on the back of the canvas can be scraped off with a knife.  I went with the cheap option and used the off brand of crayons, but judging by online research, the general consensus is that Crayola works the best.

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