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This is an easy, straightforward project that delivers a lot of graphic impact for not very much effort. Seriously, the hardest part is unwrapping all the crayons.

You will need:
a blank canvas
crayons, new or old (I needed about 60-70 for my 16" x 20" canvas)
a utility or exacto knife (optional, for peeling the crayons)
hot glue gun
heat tool or a hair dryer with a diffuser or low blower setting

Step 1: Prep the Canvas

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First cover your work surface in newspaper.

Then decide what kind of color spectrum you are going to do. Remember you don't have to do just a rainbow. You could do only cool colors, only warm colors, a random assortment, big stripes, etc.

Take the wrappers off all the crayons you're going to use. A quick and easy way to do this is to slit each wrapper with a utility knife. It will then just peel right off.

Next lay out your crayons along the top edge of your canvas until you like how the sequence of colors looks.

Then hot glue each one down right next to one another with the tops flush to the top of the canvas.
 
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Kcberm3 days ago

soak the crayons in warm water and soap and the labels practically fall off

PACW4 months ago

Please Help! I have a piece of melted crayon art that was a gift. The crayon is lifting off the canvass. I am hesitant to just take a heat gun to it but I don't know what else to do. Do you have any ideas at all?

Thank you.

After you apply heat and get it stuck back on the canvas, try sealing it with something to help prevent it from happening again, if it hasn't already been sealed. Wax art doesn't hold up very well over the long term, from what I have learned while researching it. There are special wax sealers you can purchase, but some spray varnish should work. I saw a video on YouTube where the artist recommended using floor polish, but that was with encaustic paints made from beeswax and resin, I don't know if it would work with crayon art.

Allie1709 PACW3 months ago

You shouldn't use a heat gun for something like this, it's too intense. Use a hair dryer without any of the special tips on it. Try it on low heat before switching to high, the strips of wax will flatten out on the canvas if it's too hot.

I'm having a similar problem and and trying to find a perminant solution. I'd like the long drops of wax to stick better to the canvas. If anyone has ideas, send me them!

Hairspray
Use hairspray it does the trick
flio1913 years ago
I didn't realize crayon art was becoming a thing, but I fully support it!!! Here's a piece of mine using crayons and an iron.

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What a beautiful piece of art! Did you put any thing over the crayons before putting the iron on it?
Thanks! Well, it was half taking the iron (craft iron, has no holes) and pushing a crayon against it to drip it down onto the surface, and half scraping off small pieces of crayon onto the surface and then ironing them on. Whenever I changed colors I just wiped the iron with a napkin. There was some parts where I tried just heating up the surface from underneath but it didn't give me the brush-like texture that I wanted. The iron will get messy so I'd recommend either a craft iron (the small cheap ones) or an iron you don't plan to use again (though, I dunno what the holes might to... might be interesting to experiment with the steam function?

I'm guessing that using the steam function would be a bad idea.

Yeah I used a craft iron that had no holes to begin with. In any case, I'd recommend using an iron you won't be needing anymore or something you're dedicating to "art projects"

I just got a cheap craft iron a few days ago. Had a lot of fun experimenting but the iron kept getting too hot and it would start to smoke so I had to unplug it for a bit then plug it back in. The fumes kind of got to me too, so I think I will have to wait until I can work outside. Too hot right now.

Did you ever try using the steam? Did it work out okay?

I LOVE IT!!!
Did you create this on canvas? It is just beautiful. It makes me think of fall, my favorite season!
Thank you! I used a giant mat board. Canvas might be interesting too but you'd have to take the canvas off the wood and put it against a hard backing then re-stretch (but it'd make the hard wax crack). But otherwise might be an interesting effect with the pores of the cloth absorbing pigment. Fall is my favorite season too!
gravityisweak made it!21 days ago

I made it! I've remixed this idea into an instructable of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!

http://www.instructables.com/id/Wax-Canvas-Art/

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vcusick3 years ago
are you seriously taking the time to cut the wrappers of all the crayons?
Easy version- take your crayons, throw them in a bowl of water for about five minutes. The wrappers will literally fall off the crayons in no time. When I did it i had to help like...maybe 5 wrappers off. the rest just floated to the surface.

Or you could do it the really easy way and just peel them off. Unless something has changed since I last used crayons, they come off pretty easily.

amihemrajani7 months ago

Not sure if this has been asked before, but i want an accent wall in my son's room to be painted with crayon art. Can i do it directly on the walls? Will it last and not start chipping and cracking overtime? Plz recommend...thx

Hi amihemrajani. My advice would be to polish the crayon painting by lightly rubbing it with a soft cloth, to bring out the shine, and then coating it with a clear varnish of some kind. If you don't use something to protect it, it will just scratch right off whenever anything rubs against it.

journey1233 months ago

omg that is so cool but how do keep it from peling or geting over heated

TheGeek1984 made it!4 months ago
I made one of these last weekend with a friend, then made another wanting to make an instructable, but you beat me to it!
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reszo made it!4 months ago

My Version - Thanks for the inspiration!

Canvas and Crayons from $2 store (all up 23AUD)

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cmilton12 years ago
Here is some other work that some of you might fight interesting. Made entirely out of crayon melted on stretched canvas.
You can find some more here. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeltingMiltons?ref=si_shop
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WOW!

awesome work well done I like that you picked Jim Morrison

so does it have to be a canvas ? is art paper allowed ? I can't afford to buy a canvas or how about a piece of card board ?

YiaYia VickiR11 months ago

Is there a hot gun that I can use to melt crayons, like a glue gun ? I tried using my glue gun, but the crayon is a hair too large to push through. Crayon, why don't you have one ?? Ok, I want a commission when you decide to make it !! LOL

you could either shave the crayons down a little - this is very easy, even with a dull knife or peeler,...and you can find creative things to do with the shavings! :)
OR you can simply hold the crayon to the hot tip of the glue gun and direct the drips - be careful,...it is Hot after all ;)

chyhoran011 year ago

love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

i'm going to try it out

You could try that with oil pastels too, actually.
saz12 years ago
Whats hot glue??
Girlie2 years ago
Lovely idea! I saw some art pieces with the crayon "stopped" like it melting onto an umbrella then dripping to the sides. May I know how to do that? Thanks again for your beautiful idea!
Missartsy3 years ago
Im just not able to melt the crayons they' r Fabre castle , tried iron ,candle and blow drier is there any other better way please tell me ...i soo want to see my work complete!!!!!!
A heat gun works really well ..hope this helps :)
Thank you for the inspiration, had too much fun with this. Did a little underpainting and also threw in some pearl powders... interesting effects.
Very nice, easy to do :) heres mine
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This is awesome art! In response to "suppose to take the wrappers off" - I beg to differ. Its a matter of choice, and I love yours. If you turned the art work around the wrappers can look like a picket fence.
so im looking at the ones posted here and i like yours the best
im going to leave the wrappers on mine :)

it looks like when u leave the wrappers on you melt less wax and i like the nice colors and really like the negative space
Thanks! Glad you like it!!
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