We have all seen those crafts on Pinterest and been guilty for creating one of those well known 'Pinstrosities'. Melted crayon art used to be one of my biggest, most common Pinterest fails because I always wanted to let the kidlets help with the actvity and it would never turn out quite right. So I have gone to the drawing board and come up with a list of new twists on the old trick and am here to share them with you week by week I will count down my favorite ways to do crayon melting that is kid friendly and far less likely to result in another 'Pinstrosity'. Today I am sharing a 'splattered' version of melted crayon art.
So to start off with you will need an old fork, a hairdryer/blowdryer, crayons and a canvas. Pick crayons that have contrasting colours, you can go for vibrant rainbow colours or you can go for a boy or girsl themed colour scheme or maybe even the colours of your favourite sports team or the colours of your countries flag - the options are endless, if you choose colours that you are happy with then there will be no possible way to end up with a canvas you aren't happy with.
You will need to break the crayons into different sized pieces, the smaller the pieces the better the end result in my opinion but for this tutorial I did one with bigger pieces to show you a little better how to hold and melt the crayons effectively. Not many people are aware that there is a thin clear wax coat on all wax crayons regardless of the quality or brand name behind them. To get the best melting effect with the crayons you can slightly melt them with the hairdryer then roll them on a piece of scrap paper or an old rag to remove the clear wax from the crayon. This eliminates that yuck watery dribble of clear wax that tends to ruin a lot of potentially great melted crayon artworks.
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Grab your fork and stab it slightly into a piece of crayon ready to be melted. The fork helps hold the crayon in place on the flat lying canvas so that the force of the hot air does not blow it all about the canvas. I find that going from the top left corner and working down to the bottom right corner of the canvas looks the mst effective with this kind of crayon melting but you can place the crayons where ever you like and still have an equally awesome outcome. Hold the hair dryer directly above the crayon and fork until you see a residue form, then move the angle of the hair dryer so that it sprays out the melted crayon to create a 'splat' effect. Do this with as many colours as you like in whatever places you like on the canvas until you are happy with the end result.
That is pretty much it, with larger crayon pieces you will have something that looks like the picture below to the left, but with smaller pieces you can create something like the picture to the right. The possibilities of colour scemes and end results is limitless. Completely kid-safe, let them help and make a family art piece today!