I done jumped on the melted crayon art bandwagon. My first attempt looks vaguely Jackson Pollock-y, so I’m sort of in love with it.
For this project, you shall need:
– Canvases (I used the Artist’s Loft brand bought at a Michael’s craft store)
– A heat gun or hairdryer
– Hot glue gun (optional)
First, lay newspapers down to protect your work surface. Then take the paper wrappers off some crayons and break them into chunks.
Now. If you’re using a hairdryer, which is the
less badass safer method, you’ll need to apply a bead of hot glue to each crayon and glue it to the canvas. Otherwise the crayons will just roll all over the canvas. Heat guns don’t put out as much air, so the crayons shouldn’t roll around too much before melting.
While I’m on the subject of heat guns (which I used because I don’t own a hairdryer. DON’T JUDGE.) do I even have to mention they are very dangerous and hot and burny? The fact that I did this project without setting the newspaper, canvas, or myself on fire is miraculous. Safety first, bunnies.
Now. You’ve got your crayons and heat source, so get melting! Heat the crayons until they start to melt, and tilt the canvas so the wax runs in whichever direction you like.
If you have any little leftover half-melted crayons…
Stick ’em in a hot glue gun.
The hot glue gun will melt them and you’ll be able to put little round blobs wherever you like. Note: Some hot glue guns are large enough that you can just stick an entire crayon in one and make your crayon art that way, without having to use a hairdryer. My glue gun is tiny and lame and could only hold leftover fragments.
When you’re happy with your work, hang it up or set it on a shelf because you are done.
Now go forth and craft, my son.