Teen Art Club: Raining Rainbows

My first attempt! I needed more crayons to eliminate the spaces.

Hey Friends! Let’s go over the basics of melted crayon art. I’m sure you’ve seen variations of melted crayon art. Even though I’ve seen it for a while, I’d never attempted it before. I love the way you can customize the look of it by choosing your colors, angling the heat to make the drips go in various directions, and adding different styles of art when you’re finished melting crayons.

In a few basic steps, you can create a piece of art that’s as simple or as intricate as you want it to be. I kept mine pretty simple, but I’d love to see what your creative mind designs! Depending on your design, you only need a few supplies:

  • A canvas
  • Crayons (lots of them)
  • Glue
  • Blow Dryer
  • Cardboard or tarp (to cover your work surface)

My second attempt- I used more crayons and was selective about the colors.

Once you have your supplies ready to go, start prepping your work area. I highly recommend using cardboard or a tarp to catch any dripping wax. Next decide if you want your piece to hang in landscape or portrait. Lay your canvas flat and arrange your crayons on the surface, placing your crayons in your desired color order and in any pattern you’d like.

Once you’re happy with your design, use glue to secure the crayons in place. I used liquid glue for this and it worked perfectly. It’s important to leave the canvas flat while the glue dries. If there are areas on your canvas you’d like to have the wax not drip on, this is a good time to block off that area. First I tried packing tape to block an area and it did not work. Using a measuring cup was much better at blocking the wax. I think other kinds of tape would probably also help you create an open area for your added art. You might experiment with one crayon and your blocking substance (painter’s tape perhaps) on cardboard before you try it on your canvas.

When you’re ready to melt the crayons, prop your canvas up to allow gravity to pull those drops downward to create the rain effect. Make sure you’ve covered your work area well, as this can get messy! Use your highest heat setting on your blow dryer, but keep the air flow on low to medium to avoid having it splatter the wax. My best results came from focusing the heat on the center of the crayons – that’s where I got the gorgeous, thick drops. Focusing on the tips of the crayons offers a lighter ‘rain’ effect and is also a beautiful look. Heat the crayons until you’re satisfied with the look. As a warning, it gets very hot so watch your fingers! Be sure to let the wax cool before you add to your work or hang up your art.

Look into other crafts you can create with crayons and wax!

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