Remember that one time when you were a kid and you left a crayon on the back seat of the car on a hot day? Long-story-short, mom was really mad. Well, lately I’ve been seeing this crazy thing where people melt crayons on purpose to make some really quirky pieces. It’s here, there, and everywhere. It’s been really popular on sites like Pinterest and Instagram lately. It’s a fun new spin on creating a watercolour effect and a great excuse for older people to pull out their beloved childhood Crayola Crayons! The best part, mom won’t flip out because you ruined the car seats this time! Here is my very first attempt at ‘grown-up’ crayon art!
~Crayons (classic Crayola has the best colour variety)
~Hot Glue Gun
Step 1: Make Your Cut-Out
**I chose a peace symbol. Heart shapes are really popular as well.
Tip: If you want the cut-out section to stay completely white, use alot of tape on the back side to keep it down and the wax from bleeding under (you’ll see what happens if you dont soon)
Step 2: Pick Your Colours, Position Them, Glue Them Down.
Tip: Try to envision how colours will look side-by-side and what colour they might make if they bleed into each other.
Step 3: Crank Up That Blowdryer!
Tips: Don’t wear clothes you don’t want crayon splattered on. Lay lots of paper-towel down–do yourself a favor and tape it to the table. Hold the dryer directly over top of the crayon to start melting and then angle the dryer towards the edge to ‘spit’ the melted wax across the canvas. Melt the orange crayons last as they tend to create a yucky brown colour if mixed too much with other colours.
Let The Wax Dry, and Voila! You’re Done!
Tip: If you messed-up on the cut-out step like I did, outline the shape it was supposed to be with a sharpie.