Step 1: Aquiring Supplies!
●Decide on a Frame- There are no wrong answers here! I went with a standard square wreath frame found in the floral department of my local craft store. Other options I considered were shadow box picture frames and embroidery hoops. Ultimately I went with the wreath frame because I really liked the idea of beveled edges being part of the existing canvass.
●Crayons! This is one of the main ingredients that makes this project easier to clean up. No melted wax to scrape off of table tops! In a test between name-brand and off-brand crayons, name-brand won with smoother application.
●Fabric Dye- I went with powder because its cheaper and in a smaller quantity. A little bit goes a long way.
●Measuring Spoon- 1/4 teaspoon used for measuring dyes. Be forewarned, it will change the color of your spoon. Highly recommend using a cheap garage sale utensil.
●Spray Bottles- This is the other main ingredient for a close-to-mess-free environment. No large vats of dye to fall into! Spray bottles allow more control and can handily be found at the dollar store. I found one in every color of my dye. Super convenient.
●LEDs- Because everything looks awesome with lights! I'm using the Dioder 4-pack of LEDs found at Ikea. It'll run you twenty bucks, but the cords are long enough that I could use two sets of lights in each of my wall hangings thus only needing to buy one.
●Freezer Paper- This will be used to block out spots on our fabric that are in jeopardy of being consumed by another colors. It is also used to diffuse the intensity of the LEDs.
●Other Stuff- Besides a chipper attitude, it is necessary to have an iron (or laundry dryer), a hot glue gun, scissors, a permanent marker, sewing pins, twist ties or zip ties, and a space to spray dye that will not ruin anything. You might want to consider some gloves too, if you're not okay with dyed fingers.
Step 2: Prep!
Hokay, now we need fabric and crayons. I cut my fabric to size and chose my color. I went with white because I wanted the dye to pop more than the crayon. You can use whatever color though, so feel free to augment with any or all!
Rolled up fabric will have creases in it, or if you're using stuff that's been hanging out in your fabric stash it's probably a bit wrinkled. An iron with a bit of steam, or a laundry dryer with a wet washcloth in the load (this is how I prefer to iron my cloths!) will usually do the trick!
Now, draw your picture! Special thanks to CrazyClever, who drew hot air balloons for me! Beautifully done!
Last to prep is the freezer paper needed to block off sections of your art that is already one color, that could be taken over with another color. To do this, trace out you're shape (in this case my balloons) with a permanent marker and cut them out.
Step 3: Get to Dying!
It's better to start with lighter colors and work up to darker. Also, colors will bleed into eachother, so be mindful of that. I didn't spray my darker colors right up to my freezer paper because I didn't want them to bleed into my balloons.
Finally de-pin and step back to admire your handy work! Let it dry to make sure you are happy with your colors. In my case I thought my green was too light originally so I added a bit more dye to my bottle and sprayed my balloon again at close range so I wouldn't splash too much.
Congratulations! You have made art! Feel free to stop here and hang it on your wall or continue on to the next step to see how I back-lit it.