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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
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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.

Step 2: Melt!

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Once all your crayons are glued down, prop your canvas up at a gentle angle. I used a glass of water. Make sure the bottom edge is over your newspaper.

Turn on your heat tool or hair dryer. If you're using a hair dryer, you'll need to put it on a low blower setting or use a diffuser, otherwise it will spatter the wax everywhere.

Focus the heat on the crayons. They will quickly turn sweaty, then start dripping down the canvas.

You can change the tilt of the canvas to control how fast the drips go.

Once you're satisfied with how it looks, let it cool a few minutes and hang it up!
You could try that with oil pastels too, actually.
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!
mrsbelcher3 years ago
Love love love this idea. I'm going to start out with a small canvas and see how that turns out. If it's good I'll try a larger one. Thanks for a simple but beautiful crafting idea!!
linny3 years ago
A quick way to remove paper crayon wrappers is submerge the crayons in a bowl of water for a few minutes first. Let the kids help peel them off.
Very nice; I love things that are colorful. What if you attached the crayons to something else and secured it to the top of the canvas but then could take them off afterwards? Then you could use the crayons over for other paintings and experiment with placement and color arrangment?
Maybe use a metal cookie sheet slightly overlapping the edge of the canvas. It would also help hold and conduct the heat. Or What about pulling the whole crayons up, and then mixing the original colors up? so it looks like the colors are dripping from different color crayons. Oh or put all black crayons that look like they are leaking their colors. You could even mount new crayons still in the original sleeves after removing the melted ones. So many cool ideas! makes me want to run out and get a canvas and a box of crayons!
I am going to make one tomorrow... My cousin is gay... And they have an assortment of rainbow things around the house... But this is going to be the coolest thing ever! Thank you so much! Also... My mom loves blues...so I think I am going to buy a few boxes of crayons and work on something for her as well.. Awesome idea! You rock!!
thipp13 years ago
Just a heads up. Crayola crayons work best, some crayons are really oily and when you try to melt them, then oil will run and mess up your creation.
BRUL thipp13 years ago
it's because the crayola crayons have wax as medium. I would indeed not use oil pastels for this.
kellimaier3 years ago
This is nice...you can also paint the canvas first for added color or to make a contrasting or harmonizing background.