If you haven’t heard of Pintrest, you need to get on Pintrest. That’s all I’m going to say about that. Just go check it out and thank me later.
A couple of weeks ago I began seeing pins of a marvelous painting involved melted crayons. I was smitten with the concept and started brainstorming how I wanted to make the project my own.
One day after classes, I had reached that point that I think all students come to when all they can say is, “I’m over it.” The homework assignment that is due the next day and the final that is looming dangerously close just don’t matter. I’m over it.
When that point comes, I go to HobbyLobby. HobbyLobby is the happy place. I bought crayons (The 96 pack of course) and canvas and returned to my apartment. There I immediately spread everything out on the floor and got to work, much to the amusement of my roommates.
I decided I wanted to use a dark background and paint myself as a silhouette holding an umbrella. This project couldn’t have been simplier.
Here’s the instructions in brief.
I painted the canvas with some grey paint. Indoor multi-purpose house paint to be exact. It was all I had around in the color I wanted but it ended up causes an issue later. This is optional! Leave white if you feel like eit.
58 crayons fit perfectly across the longest edge of my 16×20 canvas so I cherry-picked my favorite colors from the 96 pack and loosely arranged them by color. Hot glue individually, pointy end facing down.
A round Gladware container from my kitchen cupboard was the perfect size to keep a little space clear on the lower right hand corner. My helpful roommate just held it in place during the next step.
Hold the hair dryer over a few crayons at a time until the wax flows out. You’ll want to hold the canvas at an angle so that the wax forms long streams. It will harden almost instantly.
The Gladware popped right off and I used black acrylic paint to paint in my silhouette. The grey house paint didn’t want to accept the acrylic so it was uneven until I put on 3-4 very careful coats. But it dried just fine so no worries!
DONE! Easy peasy lemon squeezy art!