Melting Crayon Art

There’s an artist in all of us, one that’s dieing to get out and show the world what it can do. Unfortunately sometimes there’s not very much to show.

After trolling tumblr one uneventful evening last year I came across a piece of art that somebody had done. It involved some wax crayons and it looked as though they had melted all over a canvas. Keen for something to do whilst I waited for my exam results, I went shopping, set up the camera and filmed the creative process.

The melting itself proved simple, but actually preparing the crayons took ages and I soon began to loose my mind, as evidenced in the video.

What you need:

  • Canvas
  • Box of Crayons
  • Masking Tape
  • Hot hair Dryer
  • Patience

How to do it:

  1. Peel the wrappers off the crayons
  2. Stick the crayons onto a strip of masking tape matching the width of your canvas. The creativity is in the color order you choose here. I just went with a standard rainbow
  3. Stick the masking tape on the top of the canvas with the exposed end of the crayons facing the canvas
  4. Prop up the canvas, ensuring you have some kind of protection below it so you don’t make a mess on your mom’s floor.
  5. Heat up the wax crayons with the hair dryer. It will take a bit of time before they start to melt properly, but when they do the wax will flow quickly. Use the hair dryer to direct the melting wax.
  6. Wait for it to cool down.
  7. Remove the masking tape

You’re all done. I didn’t do step 6 which resulted in my crayons falling off and me having to fix it by heating up the remaining crayon again.

It’s a pretty cool project and you have a vibrant piece of your own art to hang up when you’re done. Happy waxing.

Marc Williams

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