"It can only be called fate... That here, I would again gather the three with the crests... That I should lay my hand on that which grants the wishes of the beholder. That when power, wisdom, and courage come together, the gods would have no choice but to come down... The power of the gods... The Triforce! He who touches it will have whatever he desires granted!" - Ganondorf
A simple guide for creating your first (like myself) melted crayon art. What better way to commemorate the beloved Legend of Zelda series than to create something to show to all of your friends and make them jealous.
Step 1: Materials
List of things you need
Something to create your masterpiece on (I used hard canvas from JoAnns, but poster board, construction paper, anything else is viable)
Crayons in colors of your choosing (I used greens/yellows as I felt it was consistent with the series)
Blow dryer (to melt!)
Glue (I used a hot glue gun as I felt it worked best for keeping the crayons from shifting when blow drying and it dries quickly)
List of optional materials
Box of some sort (I used a shoe box when I was blow drying to avoid a mess)
Ruler or anything with a straight edge for draw lines
Step 2: Drawing Your Outline
First thing you should do is to draw out what you want. I used a ruler for this because I like things to be neat and all the lines need to be perfectly straight and equal in length :)
As you can see, I first measured the length of the canvas, marked the midpoint, and drew a vertical line down. This helped me align the triangle perfectly in the middle. After you draw the triangle, erase the rest of the lines (I would recommend draw this lighter than I did. I had a hard time erasing the lines completely >.<
For each line that I drew of the triangle, I marked the midpoint of that line so I could connect them all and create the inner triangle.
Step 3: Covering the Canvas
For the next portion, you need to cover everything on the canvas that I did not want the crayon to cover. I used painter's tape because it doesn't leave a nasty tape goo and it is easy to remove.
I first outlined the triangle. Then, I would put tape over the inner triangle and trace the line over the tape (the tape is thin enough to see through). I would remove the tape and cut off the extra tape after the line.
Once the triangle is done, cover the rest of the canvas. When I was covering the rest, I made sure to loop the tape around the back. That way, when you are removing the tape, it will be easier as the back has not been covered in melted crayons!
Step 4: Attaching the Crayons
After you pick out your colors, you can begin gluing them to the top of the board. I chose to take off the paper on the crayons. I don't know if it makes a difference, but I have seen crayon art done both ways. I also decided to alternate the crayons instead of putting all the greens together and all the yellows together. It had a better looking effect this way when finished.
Step 5: Melting the Crayons
I put the canvas in a shoe box to avoid getting messy.
Once positioned, heat away! It took a little bit for the crayons to start melting, but once they did, they melted quick.
I had to move the blow dryer from each side to make sure that all parts of the uncovered canvas got some crayon lovin'.
I did not melt the crayons completely. I only melted enough to cover the canvas with a thin layer. The thicker the layer, the more trouble I had with removing the tape without also removing some crayon with it! As a result, I had leftover crayons for future crayon art!
Step 6: Remove the Tape
Once your crayon art is completely dried, you can start to remove the tape.
Have patience with this step to avoid ripping off the tape quickly and taking some crayon too.
The harder part to remove is the triangle within the bigger one. Your may be completely covered with crayon to pay attention to where you see the lines.
Step 7: Personalize
Once you have finished, admire your masterpiece!
Feel free to add your favorite quote from The Legend of Zelda. I printed it on transparent paper so it would blend with the canvas a little better.
Now, show it off to everyone!