Tuesday, August 23, 2011

* Make a Melted RAINBOW Crayon Canvas!



My awesome bloggy friend, Meg Deurksen from Whatever blog
made one of these Rainbow Crayon Canvases with her kids this week 
and it was love at first sight for me. 

Rumor has it, that these have been all over Pinterest this summer
but I've been playing with my kids and had no idea what we were missing out on!

So, instead of starting dinner on Thursday night, we made this instead!
The girls helped pick colors and lined them up in order
but the rest of the project was pretty much done by me while they watched 
and had a dance party in the art studio.


We started by lining up crayons along the top of a square canvas
(from our craft supply stash) to figure out our spectrum order
and to see how many we'd need. (dark photos = crafting at dinner time)

The canvas is 14" x 14" with wrapped edges.


I used my glue gun on high heat and glued the crayons down
with their color names showing.


Once all of the crayons were glued down it was time to start melting!


I propped up the canvas against a stool in the art studio and put a newspaper
down on the floor underneath to catch any drips.

I used my hairdryer on high heat (but low blowing) 
and it melts them but it takes FOR-EVER

Also, you have to play with it because the blowing air
splatters the wax if you're not careful!


Once the colors really started melting, I used the hair dryer
to heat up the canvas on the back side and get the big blobs of wax
to run all the way down to the bottom of the canvas. 


RAINBOW = LOVE
I wish I'd had one of these to hang up in my art classroom,
it would have been awesome with my color wheel clock!


I love the way it looks like a Morris Louis painting!


"E" wants to hang this one in her room.
I'll show you the even girlier version we made 
for her little sister's room in my next post! : )

A special thank you to my friend Meg for inspiring such a fun, COLORFUL project!

Fondly,
pink and green mama



20 comments:

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Fabulous project!

Dreamlu said...

Uau!!!!!I love it!!!!!Very original, funny and an inspiration!Bravo...claps...claps..;)

julie said...

Good lord, that's ridiculously gorgeous! I don't have a hair dryer, but I do have one of those embossing heat gun thingies. I'm betting this would also work with the power of the sun!

Tricia Orchard said...

I have everything I need to try this project, now just have to find the time!

Thanks for posting here and on FB.

T

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such an interesting craft activity
Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V
http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

Georgine said...

I bet a heat gun would work better/faster than a hair dryer. Either an embossing heat gun or one of the ones my husband had in the garage. Love this, I bet my daughter would like this for her birthday. Thanks!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Georgine -- YES! We used our embossing heat gun for the second canvas and there was much less splattering! : )

It's also faster.

Fondly,
MaryLea

Alicia said...

Love this!! it's on our art list for this school year :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Holy Mercy! That is Stinking Awesome!!! So COOL!

Erin said...

Beautiful! I'm totally making one!

Rebecca: said...

This is so amazing! I can't wait to try. THanks for sharing! :)

leahsthoughts.com said...

I saw this on Meg's site too and I knew I had to do it with my daughter. It's on our craft list for next week -- the last week before school starts. I'd say melting crayons is a good back-to-school craft!

Phyl said...

I found this on Pinterest (my latest addiction) and haven't tried it yet. Maybe tomorrow?

Kim said...

I just made mine today (I love it ;0), so it is funny that I see the same project here tonight. I now feel compelled to make all kinds of rainbow art with the kids and then fill all of their wall space up with them; that & monograms... go figure.

zzoe said...

i love it! rainbow make me crazy

Kimara said...

Seriously love this. Obviously, the colors are fantastic. Can't wait to give this a try. I'll be linking on Facebook. Thanks ;)

usb said...

This is so amazing work you shared with us as well as I can't wait to try this on this weekend.

brooke said...

we made it!!

So cute and we linked back to you

http://shortiesfunnyfarm.blogspot.com/2011/08/melted-crayon-canvas.html

Make handmade said...

Love it, thanks for sharing

Julie said...

I have a daycare and we are having a Cayola mid summer party and was looking for ideas and this is so awesome. We won't make such big ones because there are 10 kids coming but I'll come up with something. Thank you so much for sharing.
Blessings!!

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