I have seen this sort of art pop up on the internet from time to time, and I have always wanted to give it a go. It always looked like so much fun! I had a large canvas that had a small hole in it, so I could not use it for my normal artwork, so I decided to create a piece of melted crayon artwork to put in my daughter’s room.
I removed all the paper covers off of the crayons. I will warn you that this is actually quite time consuming as they don’t just pull off nicely, so if you don’t want to spend the time, don’t worry about it. I don’t think it matters if the paper is on the crayon or not, it just depends on the look that you like.
Next I lined up all the crayons in colour order along the top of the canvas. Some colours were not quite in the right spot but it did not matter too much once they were melting, as long as there was a good shift along the spectrum between the main colours (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple). I then glued them in place using cheap pvc glue.
The next thing I did was to sketch out the flowers and butterflies for where I wanted them, and painted with masking fluid. The masking fluid was a bit of a waste of time, as it did not work like it does with paint. It was not easy to remove the wax that was on top of the masking fluid. Depending on how confident you are with your drawing, you could skip this step altogether and just create the image after the wax had dried across the canvas. This is because the drawing was difficult to see under the wax.
Crayon melting time! This was so much fun, but it does get messy. I put my canvas on my easel and had newspaper on the ground. I have a drop sheet behind the canvas which was needed as sometimes the wax flicked up behind the canvas. I also ended up covering the tables on either side of the canvas as wax flicked sideways as well! You could do this with the canvas on the ground and use the hairdryer to melt the wax in the directions you want, but I had it upright to let the wax drip downwards. I just used a hairdryer to heat and melt the wax. I have a video (below) showing the crayons melting across my canvas. Try not let the wax get too thick in the areas where you want to remove it later for your drawing.
This step was quite time consuming. I used a palette knife to chip and cut through the wax to remove it from the areas that I wanted white. I had quite a simple image of grass, flowers and butterflies, but even then it was difficult at times, especially where the wax was thick. Take your time, and be prepared for lots of tiny bits of wax to go everywhere! Protect your eyes if you can (glasses) as I had a bit fly up into my eye, and it was difficult to get the tiny bit of wax out of my eye.