Who says adults can’t play with crayons anymore? I don’t know about you, but I miss my coloring books. I loved my giant 96 Crayon box of Crayolas and my jumbo coloring books. But now, instead of confining myself to stay in between the lines, I’m blurring those lines and making a big beautiful menagerie of colors and upgraded to an 18 x 24 canvas.
As you can see from the picture above (and below), here is what you will need to get started:
A canvas (mine is 18×24 from AC Moore. I lucked out and got a 2-pack for 50% off making this canvas $3.50)
Crayons (I found that one box of crayons was plenty for this size canvas. If you are looking to do all yellows or all greens, you’ll need more than one pack or one of those lovely jumbo packs)
Plastic Snack Bags
Meat tenderizer or small pan
Step 1: Gather up all your materials and get ready for the awesomeness to ensue.
Step 2: Pick out your colors and theme. Just give some thought to what you’d like to accomplish. Or, you know, just wing it and have some fun! It’s crayons!
Step 3: Begin the worst part of the project. Start ripping and unraveling the wrapper from all the crayons. If you’re lucky, this will be a breeze. If you aren’t so lucky, this may take longer than you want it to. But that will leave you more than ready to get to step four.
Step 4: HULK SMASH! Bag up your crayons ( I sorted mine by color) and smash them to itty bitty pieces with your meat tenderizer or with the bottom of a pan.
Step 5: Arrange your crayon bits on your canvas. I wanted a gradient effect so I went from light to dark. This is where you get to be super creative with your layout and colors. You can use painter’s tape to create neat designs. The possibilities are endless.
Step 6: The fun begins! Now it’s time to meet those crayons. I recommend that you set your dryer to hot and low, and hold your hairdryer fairly close to the crayons, pointing down and work on a covered surface.
After a few moments, the crayons will begin to melt. You can then begin angling your dryer to direct the wax in the desired direction. Be careful not to blow the smaller pieces clear off the canvas. (I did that- oops!)
Step 7: Keep melting and manipulating the wax until you are satisfied with the outcome.
And here is the finished piece hanging up. Enjoy creating this one!