|My final product!|
We've all seen them by now - those canvases with crayons line up at the top and colorful wax dripping below. The first time I saw this was on someone's Pinterest board. I immediately re-pinned. This was just TOO COOL! I had to make one of these... eventually. You see, crayons are special around here, and a brand new box is better than candy to my kids (and me!)
|Pink and Green Mama - the first time I saw this genius!|
Then, I cleaned out my crafting drawers. Guess what I found: two 24-count boxes of Crayolas, brand spanking new! Since both of the kids have shoe boxes full of crayons, I knew that these were all mine. I set them aside (after smelling them - Is that weird?!) for my project. I knew I'd get around to it... someday.
Last week, I saw my inspiration (and pinned it!) Thrifty With Triplets took the main idea and changed it around:
|Thank you for the inspiration, Thrifty with Triplets!|
I had the main idea, so I needed to focus on how I'd do it. Slowly that plan came together: Clouds on top, flowers on the bottom. I really wanted to marbleize paper for the clouds, with little wisps of bright colors swirling to create the cloud pattern. But it couldn't be done the way I wanted. Plus there was the mess involved and the potential for disaster as Little Guy has decided he won't take any direction whatsoever right now. So, I got out the watercolors. He painted on his easel and I painted a pale rainbow piece of paper to turn into clouds.
After everyone went to bed, I got to create! Let me tell you, it was so nice to just have peace and quiet to do my thing.First, I glued down the green grass. Then, I lined up the colors of the pasta under the corresponding colors of crayons, then went to work. I'd put glue down at about 2" at a time, slowly adding the flowers, one by one, until I got the look I wanted.
Finally came the clouds. These were tough! I cut the paper into a few cloud-shaped pieces. They all blended together whenever I tried placing them over the crayons. So, I traced around the edges of each with a pencil. This did the trick. I set them back up on the crayons, moving them around until I liked how they were laying. But there were big spaces where the crayons showed through. I am so glad I'm a crafty hoarder. I saved some cotton from a jewelry box that someone had thrown out (I saved the box, too!) I tore it apart and, with fabric glue, stuck little bits of the fluffy stuff here and there.
What ideas do you have for melted crayon art?
I'd love to hear them -
maybe you'll send me off on another inspirational creative vacation!