One of my daily rituals is browsing the DIY section of Pinterest. If any of you do the same, then I’m sure you have seen the melted drippy crayon art. Intrigued by the concept of melted wax, I started playing around with crayons and hair dryers. I thought the “drip” was cool, but overdone and a bit boring. By exploring different methods of heating and blowing, I came up with something pretty cool. Below is my process along with some tips and tricks….
Supplies You’ll Need
- LOTS of Crayons (theres is one of each shade in a box, you can go through at least 3-5 crayons of one shade on a single crayon painting)
- Hair Dryer
- Exacto Knife (or your finger)
- Cardboard or newspaper
I suggest separating the colors (Red, Green, Blues, etc.) It keeps things organized, and its much easier way to pick the right color tones. Then shell the colors you want. I used my fingers to peel the paper off, but my nails hated me by the end. I suggest using an exacto knife and making an incision in the paper jacket.
Grab your canvas and a color and start!! I suggest starting with a corner because it’s easier to build upon. If you want a watercolor look, start with a dark shade like navy blue and layer with a lighter shade of the same color. If you want a dramatic shade contrast add a little white at the end.
You pretty much always want your heat level to be on hot, but high and medium speeds melt the wax in different ways. Medium speed is slightly more controlled and will allow you to thicken up a color by layering. High speed will give you a spray effect and is good to achieve the watercolor effect. Don’t heat your crayon too close to your painting because it can melt your painting and distort your canvas.
You have to be patient. This took me about 2 1/2 – 3 hours. It takes a a few minutes for the crayon to melt enough to start dripping and splattering against the canvas. The more you allow the crayon to melt, the more it will splatter and the more color it will drip on the canvas.
If you are going to do this indoors, I suggest placing newspaper or cardboard all around you. It’s good for placing your still wet crayons on and prevent wax from splattering all over your house. It will splatter everywhere (even on your fingers, so be prepared to feel some hot wax flinging at you. Maybe wear gloves?) If it does get on your rug or floor, don’t be alarmed. It hardens right away and is super easy vacuum. I also used cardboard to lean my canvas up against so I could have the crayons melt in different directions.
Have fun!!! If you try it out, I’d love to see your results! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask in the comment section below!
I can’t wait to hang this up in my dorm next year!