Today’s post is for those of you who think they have no artistic ability: it’s a very simplistic way of creating something for your wall that is both colourful and enjoyable to look at.
You will need:
Canvas – These can be picked up at most art shops for a few pounds.
Crayons – I searched on Amazon for “Crayon class pack” and got 288 Crayola crayons for £17.
Glue – Some people use hot glue sticks with a hot glue gun but I just used some super glue.
Blow Dryer – I used my wife’s old hair dryer. Note: it will get covered in crayon wax!
Protective Lacquer – I used some fixative spray.
Start by picking out the colours of crayons you want to use. I would suggest that you start by using the brightest and most vivid colours and avoid using too many different shades of the same colour.
After you’ve picked out the colours you plan to use, begin lining them up in the order you want them to appear on the canvas. I then cut mine in half using an old knife as you do get quite a lot of melted colour from half a crayon. Once I had them in the exact order I wanted them I glued the crayons to a piece of card I had cut to be slightly longer than the canvas I was wanting to use.
Some people chose to glue the crayons straight on to the canvas, but I didn’t want the crayons to be visible within the final result. So once the crayons were stuck firmly to the card, I taped the card and crayons temporarily to an old canvas and placed it above the canvas I was wanting to create my artwork on, therefore allowing the crayons to melt down onto the new canvas before being removed.
Don’t forget to put the canvas on top of plastic, newspaper, or anything else you’re happy to get dirty.
I started by first melting a single crayon on its own to see how the crayon reacted to the heat first. Once you’ve experienced that, you’re ready begin. With the blow dryer on and held a couple of inches away from the crayons you will start to see the crayons melt and drip. Too strong a blow dryer and the melted crayon will splatter around quite a bit, so take your time moving the blow dryer back and forth, up and down, so you melt about 2-3 crayons at a time.
At first it seems like the crayons will take forever to melt, but once they get to specific temperature they will melt quickly and run down the canvas at different speeds. Use your blow dryer to guide and move the crayon wax down the canvas as required.
Continue moving all the way across the canvas and let your creativity take over. Depending on how large a canvas you use and how far down you want your crayon wax to go will dictate how long it takes you to complete the project. I spent about an hour preparing the canvas and crayons and then another hour playing with the blow dryer.
You could also experiment with the use of decals, painted images and crayon placement as shown in the following finished examples:
A couple of final notes:
- You might want to stick with the Crayola branded crayons as I’ve heard that some other generic brands of crayons won’t melt very well, if at all.
- The crayons dry really fast, so be sure to help guide your crayons down the canvas with your blow dryer as soon as they start melting.
- Allow the crayons to completely dry before hanging and don’t forget to get buy some protective lacquer from your local art shop. Although you will still need to keep the finished results away from direct heat i.e. above a radiator.