PAINTING WITH MELTED CRAYONS.

Paint abstract art with melted crayons.

Has anyone seen these melted crayon paintings people have been doing? I know they've been around for a while but lately I've seen quite a lot of them popping up on Pinterest. Most of them involve gluing crayons to the top of canvas and melting them with a hairdryer to form stripes of colour but I did find this one that shows using them to create more of a watercolour effect. I've had this canvas lying around for a good six months waiting for me to something with it. This seemed like the perfect project.

Painting with Melted Crayons - Gathering Beauty

Things you'll need.

A canvas.

An embossing heat gun (a hair dryer would also work but be careful as it blows the wax around and creates more of a splattered effect).

A newspaper to protect your floor.

A pack of crayons and a fork to stab them with so you don't burn your fingers.

Painting with Melted Crayons - Gathering Beauty

Start by selecting your colours and peeling the crayons.

Next sketch in where you want all the main colours and shapes to go.

Now for the fun part. Start melting your crayons. Stab the crayon with a fork and follow along with your heat gun or hair drier. Be careful, the wax does get hot.

Block in the larger areas by turning the crayons on their side as you melt them. I found the paler colours worked best as a base as the darker colours were more pigmented.

Keep adding more melted crayon layers until you're happy with the finished result.

Paint abstract art with melted crayons.
Paint abstract art with melted crayons.

I loved how easy this was. The whole thing only took a couple of hours as there was no waiting around for the previous layer to dry before you started on the next one.

Here's a close-up of the layers and textures.

Close-up of abstract art painted with melted crayons - Gathering Beauty
Abstract art painted with melted crayons.

All finished. I loved making this. This one is going to be a present so I'll be making another for myself.

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

THREE THINGS.

Three Things - Gathering Beauty

Three things I love right now.

1. Justin Timberlake and The 20/20 Experience. Constant repeat.

2. Gloriously tacky costume jewellery I'll probably only ever wear once.

3. Painting with melted crayons. Why have I never done this before?

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.

PAINTING.

Painting with melted crayons - Gathering Beauty

Work in progress. Painting and listening to Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience. 

Emma

Hi, I'm Emma.

I'm a crafter, blogger and paper enthusiast living in the North West of England.

Gathering Beauty is the place where I share craft tutorials and diy inspiration. I started this blog back in 2013 as a way of sharing all the things I love and make. I share paper crafts, clay crafts, origami, printables and desktop wallpapers as well as the odd crochet and weaving project. I hope you find something here that inspires you.