I apologize this is a little late this morning. We've had hard news in the family and I'm a little emotional...which makes putting a post together a lot harder than you'd think. But, I'm here and it's good to have somewhere to direct my thoughts and attention. Bear with me and send happy thoughts for my husband's family.
We've all seen today's pin. You can't hardly miss seeing it if you have a Pinterest account. It's everywhere. And, I'm not going to lie...I've even tried it. Em too.
The Original Pins
See, I told you you'd probably seen it. We've seen this done to varying degrees of success. Mine? Turned out okay, but not what I wanted so I chucked it. This was before the days of Pinstrosity and before I thought "Hey, I might want a picture of that for the future." I tried doing autumn colors over a leaf and peeling the leaf off. Didn't work so great. Or I should say didn't work at all. The actual melting of the crayons went great and it looked fine until I tried to pull off the leaf. But now I want to try again...of course it'd work this time (hahaha, right).
We've been sent in quite the array of melted crayon art pieces. We've been saving them so that we could do an awesome gallery showing. So, prepare yourself for the Pinstrosity Crayon Art Gallery of Awesomeness.
|Didn't turn out quite the way I had hoped. -Holly|
|Crayon art works and is pretty. -Kori|
|The original project was supposed to have very neat artistic look to the crayons...this was my outcome and i had to smear the crayon to even look like that! -Sierra|
You know...we seriously should open up a Pinstrosity gallery. That'd be awesome. This might be the opening exhibit.
So the melted crayon art isn't quite as easy as it looks in the pins. Honestly, what project is? But, it's not impossible. Here are a few tips I learned from my experience and from what I've read.
-It is best to keep the paper on the crayons. This helps the wax to melt and run down better and keeps the colors from mixing right from the get go. Learned that one the hard way.
-Using a variation of colors really helps to make these pop. My first one I just used browns and that wasn't so pretty. My second one I went from red to orange to yellow to olive greens to browns and that one looked a lot better.
-If you want a really runny looking piece of art you want to melt the crayons fast and thoroughly. Have the heat on high and hold the blow dryer close to the crayons. But beware, when the crayons start melting, they go fast!
-In addition to high heat, once the crayon starts melting you can help push the wax down the paper with the force of the air; just aim the blow dryer downward rather than straight on.
-My first try I used just half a crayon and it worked...but it just wasn't as much wax as I thought it would be. If you're doing an 8x10 or larger I suggest using the entire crayon.
-You need to glue the crayons to the board. Don't tape them to the board...doesn't work so great. I hot glued mine and they held fantastic, even with the heat.