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

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.
<p>that looks amazing</p>
<p>soak the crayons in warm water and soap and the labels practically fall off</p>
<p>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?</p><p>Thank you.</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>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.</p><p> 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!</p>
Use hairspray it does the trick
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.<br><br>
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?
<p>I'm guessing that using the steam function would be a bad idea. </p>
<p>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 &quot;art projects&quot;</p>
<p>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. </p><p>Did you ever try using the steam? Did it work out okay? </p>
I LOVE IT!!!<br>
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!
<p>I made it! I've remixed this idea into an instructable of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!</p><p>http://www.instructables.com/id/Wax-Canvas-Art/</p>
are you seriously taking the time to cut the wrappers of all the crayons? <br> 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.
<p>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. </p>
<p>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</p>
<p>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. </p>
<p>omg that is so cool but how do keep it from peling or geting over heated</p>
I made one of these last weekend with a friend, then made another wanting to make an instructable, but you beat me to it!
<p>My Version - Thanks for the inspiration!</p><p>Canvas and Crayons from $2 store (all up 23AUD)</p>
Here is some other work that some of you might fight interesting. Made entirely out of crayon melted on stretched canvas. <br>You can find some more here. http://www.etsy.com/shop/MeltingMiltons?ref=si_shop <br>
<p> awesome work well done I like that you picked Jim Morrison </p>
<p> 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 ?</p>
<p>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</p>
<p>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! :)<br>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 ;) </p>
<p>love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p><p>i'm going to try it out</p>
You could try that with oil pastels too, actually.
Whats hot glue??
Lovely idea! I saw some art pieces with the crayon &quot;stopped&quot; like it melting onto an umbrella then dripping to the sides. May I know how to do that? Thanks again for your beautiful idea!
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!!!!!! <br>
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
This is awesome art! In response to &quot;suppose to take the wrappers off&quot; - 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<br>im going to leave the wrappers on mine :)<br><br>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!!
You're supposed to cut away the papers...
Since when do the words &quot;you're supposed to&quot; have a place in art?
Thank you. :) my point exactly...
I can do it any way I want to. It still worked didnt it, so why does it matter? I wanted to keep the papers on.
I LOVE it with the papers still in place! <br><br>The great thing about art/craft projects is making it your own!! :D
chill man, it's called constructive criticism.
Looks amazing!<br>
we used to do something similar using crayon shavings, waxpaper and a clothes iron. 1st &quot;sharpen&quot; your crayons into seperate piles or cups. 2nd sprinkle the shavings over the surface to be covered. 3rd cover the shavings with waxpaper and apply heat from the clothes iron. 4th peel off the waxpaper, add shavings if needed or wanted and repeat step 3 and 4 until happy with results. <br> <br> yours definately took that to the next step resulting in a great piece of wall art
I use to do the same thing TOOOO many years ago at Vacation Bible School...lol. We also took plain muslin cloth and drew on it, then used the wax paper and &quot;ironed&quot; our artwork. It made it permanent and we used the cloths at napkins when we ate our snacks. Back then once ironed the crayon became permanent and you could wash/no bleach with no problems.<br>Loved the memory click.

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