Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Crayon Framed Art

Crayon Framed Art
by Wendy Switzer
Level of difficulty: Easy
Time to Create: 2-3 hours

  • Crayons
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Canvas fabric or canvas frame
  • Photo Frame (if using canvas fabric)
  • Blow dryer
  • Craft knife
  1. Use your craft knife to slice all the papers around the crayons.  Completely remove all paper from each crayon. 
  2. Place a strip of double sided tape across the top of your canvas work space.
  3. Begin to lay out your crayons in the desired pattern.  Make sure to use dark colors sparingly since they tend to dominate the finished product.
  4. Place canvas onto a baking sheet and place in the oven for 15-25 minutes.  Prop up one end of the baking sheet or off set the oven rack.  This will create gravity for the melting crayons.  You can also set the canvas outside in the sun if it is hot enough. 
  5. After the crayons have begun to melt, use a hair dryer to continue the melting process.  Use a high heat setting with a low or medium blowing setting.  You can use a high blowing setting, but this will tend to make the melted crayon blow or splatter in areas that you do not want it on.
  6. Once you have the desired melted look, you can either continue to melt away the crayons until only the dye from the crayons is left behind, or you can leave the actual wax drips.  
  7. If there are still small pieces of the crayons, you can carefully peel them off of your work surface.  Use the blow dryer to melt the remaining crayon residue to finish off the look.
  8. You can also leave the crayons on the canvas for a unique look. 
  9. Let the wax completely set up again before placing the canvas fabric into a picture frame. 

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