Melted Crayon Art Tutorial

June 25, 2012
Today I have something very different for you.  Instead of sharing a recipe, I’m sharing a tutorial on a recent piece of artwork I made.  You probably don’t know that I am very into artwork, especially modern and abstract art.  My husband and I actually collect art from a local artist here in San Diego {Her name is Shalisha Loyd, you can see some of her work here}.  In college is when my passion for art really began.  I decided to minor in Art and was even thinking about double majoring {that didn’t happen because I was able to graduate in 3 1/2 years with my current “Teaching” major and I didn’t want to stay any longer! haha}.  During my senior year I started painting and creating artwork on my computer.  Ever since then I have created numerous pieces of art that, in different points in time, have been hanging all over our house. 
A few months ago I got the idea that I wanted to create something special for our little baby on the way.  After some brainstorming and research (I love looking at other art for inspiration), I came across this wonderful Crayon Art Tutorial by 52 Kitchen Adventures – I’m sure you might have seen it on Pinterest at some point in time.  I immediately knew I wanted to do this for Ezekiel’s future nursery.  It came out better than I could have ever imagined!  I love it and can’t wait to tell Ezekiel I made it especially for him :).  
Here is a tutorial so you can create your own piece of Crayon Art.  *And before I start with the tutorial I wanted to let you know that anyone can do this!  Seriously.  No artistic ability required.  Even if you have never attempted any type of craft or piece of art, I have confidence that you can follow these easy steps and create this piece of art on your own!*
You will need:
– Canvas (I wanted to make a statement piece so I used a large 48″x36″ Canvas)
– Crayola Crayons (I ended up using about 250 crayons because my canvas was so big)
– Hot Glue Sticks & Hot Glue Gun
– Blow Dryer
Start by picking out the colors of crayons you want to use.  Because this was going in a boys nursery I took out all the pinks and purples.  I also took out the darker, boring colors, such as the blacks, whites, and browns.  I ending up using the crayons in these color schemes – red, orange, yellow, green, blues, and greys.
After you picked out all your colors, begin lining them up in the order you want them to be.  I started by lining them up right below the canvas.  I ended moving them around quite a bit until I liked the order they were in.  Once I had them in the exact order I wanted I transferred the crayons to the very top canvas of the canvas with the crayon head pointing down.
Using a hot glue gun, place a small line of hot glue on the backside of the crayon, from the top of the crayon paper jacket to the bottom.  Try not to get hot glue on the top and bottom of the actual crayon wax.  I wanted “Crayola” to show in front so the backside of the crayon was just the opposite side of the word “Crayola’.  Immediately place the crayon back onto the canvas exactly where it was before.  Remember to place the crayon with the HEAD POINTING DOWN.  Repeat gluing the crayons right next to other (with no space in between) until you a long line of crayons at the very top of the canvas, all the way from left to the right.

Now you will start melting your crayons.  Place the canvas on top of plastic, newspaper, or anything you don’t care to get dirty.  While the crayons melt they will splatter around.  Be sure to place the canvas down so the crayons are on top.  Grab your blow dryer and start melting the crayons by placing it about 4-inches away from the crayons.  Move your blow dryer back and forth, up and down, so you melt about 2-3 crayons at a time.  
At first it seems like the crayons will take forever to melt.  And trust me, they kinda do.  But after they start to get really hot they start to melt quickly and run out of the paper jackets pretty fast.  When the crayons melt they will run down the canvas at different speeds, sometimes really fast and sometimes super slow.  Use your blow dryer to help the crayon wax move down the canvas.  This will also allow you to help guide the crayon wax where you want it to go.  
Continue moving all the way across the canvas until almost all of the crayons have melted.  They won’t quite melt completely but most of the wax will be gone from inside the crayon jacket.  
I tried to get the crayon wax and far down as possible.  Because of this it took me a really long time to create this piece of artwork.  Getting it ready took about 2 hours.  Then once I started melting the crayons it took about 5 hours.  Depending on how large of a canvas you use and how far down you want your crayon wax to go will dictate on how long it takes you to complete the project.
A couple quick notes before I leave you to go create this on your own:
– Don’t try to use generic brand crayons, they won’t melt as well.  Some don’t even melt at all.
– The crayons dry really fast, so be sure to help guide your crayons down the canvas with your blow dryer right away.  It’s a lot harder to go back and re-melt it.
– If you want this art to be shorter and easier, use a smaller canvas and less crayons.
– Patience is the key to this artwork.  You will be standing for a long, long time in front of canvas trying to get the crayons to melt.

Allow the crayons to completely dry before hanging.  Now you can enjoy your beautiful creation!

I hope you enjoyed this little change in pace.  Be back soon with a recipe :).

  • Melissa Maruca June 25, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    It looks so cool and feels really neat when you touch it!
    It’s going to look so good in Little Z’s room!

  • Cassie @ Bake Your Day June 25, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This is so awesome Krissy! 

  • GlutenFreeHappyTummy June 25, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    oh my gosh this is one of the coolest things i’ve seen in a long time! gorgeous!

  • Julie @ Table for Two June 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    this is GORGEOUS and one of the projects i wanted to do too!! i love your baby boy’s name 🙂 i’m so glad you revealed it!

  • Gerry @ Foodness Gracious June 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    I love it, very creative. I too should have followed my art dreams which I studied at college but I ended up on a different path (food). Funnily enough I was cleaning out the garage recently and opened up some of my poster tube containers and looked at some of the stuff I had done, It was also cool to read the teachers comments 🙂

  • michele June 25, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    this was on my list to do this always find a way to make everything look so simple!

  • Paula Kelly-Bourque June 25, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    This if the first time I’ve seen crayon art.  I think you did a wonderful job and you wrote a very good post for all of us who may want to try this one day.

  • Anna @ hiddenponies June 27, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I LOVE this, what a great idea and so perfect for Ezekiel’s room!!  I love how you can use your artistic talent in your food photography too – it definitely comes through!

  • rick kindberg August 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    what type of canvas did you use??-  regular oil paining canvas or can you use water color paper?  thanx- t.k.

  • Krissy's Creations August 7, 2012 at 4:46 am

    Hi Rick,
    I use a regular painting canvas.  Enjoy!

  • Mary Malone Farmer August 13, 2012 at 5:20 am

    what do you do with the paper wrappers after your done? Also what about the hot glue doesn’t it pull off the canvas? Thanks!!

  • Krissy's Creations August 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    I just kept the wrappers on.  But you can always try and take them off.  And the hot glue actually sticks to the canvas very well – It does not pull off.  

  • milky1018 April 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    This deserve to be recognize and should be put on some exhibits.
    British Wildlife

  • Beril May 19, 2013 at 3:45 am

    If I wanted to take the paper portion out afterwards, are there glue marks left?
    Love love this project!!!!

  • Krissy's Creations May 25, 2013 at 4:36 am

    There are glue marks, however the hot glue might be able to peel off as well. Good luck!