I’m not much of a crafter, but I try. I often find cool ideas on Pinterest and think, “Hey, that looks easy.” Several hours later, I find that I’ve spent way too much money, with nothing worthwhile to show for it.
I’ve been thinking for a while that I’d like to try some crayon art. I’ve seen several of them on Pinterest, and when I saw this one, I decided I’d go for it. Add to the fact that we desperately needed an artpiece above the fireplace, and I am far too cheap to buy a genuine painting.
So today I went for it. I bought a 2’x3′ canvas (40% off) and a huge box of crayons (also 40% off), bringing my total to $22.98 for this project (before tax). I figured even if it didn’t work out, I wasn’t out too much money.
This project was so much fun that D joined me. He is not a crafter or a visual artist… so this was kind of a big deal. Proof that it really is fun and easy. I think this might be a fun project for older kids or teenagers — as long as they’re old enough to hold the crayons in such a way that they don’t get burned by the melted wax.
We spread an old sheet on the floor and placed the canvas on top, then got to work. We took turns choosing a crayon color and using the hair dryer (set to high) to melt the wax and spread it around the canvas. We had so much fun experimenting, and since we were just making abstract art, there was really no way to “mess up.” Try holding the crayon at different distances from the canvas, and the blow dryer at different distances from the crayon.
Our big 2’x3′ canvas ended up being filled with tentacle-y blotches of color. We like it a lot — it’s bright and happy, and we like the use of white space. And I love that we both worked on it.
Tonight, I decided to try again using a canvas from a previous (failed) craft. It turned out very different, but I like it, too! I learned how to meld the colors together and splatter colors on top (it’s all about distances). The splatters really add some cool texture.
These look like paintings to me — but they were super quick to dry (err.. harden), and while I did end up with wax everywhere… it’s easier to clean up than paint.
All in all, I was very happy with this project. It was cheap, fun, and we completed each piece within J’s naptime — score! I’m all about quick crafts these days.
Anyway, I wanted to share my new art pieces. These were great fun — if you’ve made crayon art in the past or if you try in the future, please post a link in the comments! I’d love to see what you created.