Crayon Melting Art Tutorial

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.

Crayon Melting Art

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Step 1:

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.

Crayon Melting ArtStep 2:

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.

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Step 3:

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 ArtStep 4:

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.

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Step 5:

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.

Building a Paint Board

I am a huge fan of DIY.  I always end up building something because I like the ability to make everything custom to the spot or what I require.  I have built things from shelves to a lizard enclosure.  On the weekend, I decided that I needed a better way to store my paint tubes.  I had them all in a shoebox and they were taking up too much room on my table, where they had to be, out of reach of my toddler.  I figured a paint board would be the perfect solution!  A paint board is a board designed to hold the paint tubes.  It was really easy to make, and cost me nothing as I had all the materials lying around.

Materials:

  • 1 x board (MDF, plywood, hardwood, doesn’t matter.  I had some MDF boards that I got out of the offcut bin at Bunnings, which I used)
  • screws (number is dependant on the size of the board and how many paint tubes you want hung up, I used 21)
  • Fold clips (same number as the screws)
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

Method:

Step 1:

Measuring the placement for the first row of screws

Measuring the placement for the first row of screws

I measured out where the screws would go.  I ruled a line across, 1 cm down from the top of the board.  I then made a mark on this line, 3 cm in from the side.  This is the first screw location.  I then put a dot every 6 cms a long the line.

 

Step 2:

First row of screws done

First row of screws done

The next step is to drill holes on each of the dots.   Choose a drill bit that is smaller than the screw.  This makes screwing in the screws much easier.  I have a power drill that also screws, so once all the holes were made, I switched out the drill bit for a screwdriver head, and screwed in all the screws.  I did not screw them in all the way, but left a bit out so that the clips could hang on them.

 

Step 3:

Measuring how low to put the second row of screws

Measuring how low to put the second row of screws

This is a simple step.  I put a clip on the end of a paint tube and hung it on the screw.  I then measured how far down I should have the second row of screws.  This is dependant on the type of paint you use.  I use mostly Atelier Interactive and they are quite a long tube, so I used a 17 cm gap between rows.

 

Step 4:

All the screws in place

All the screws in place

Repeat step 1 and 2 for the rest of the board.

 

Once all the screws are in, put clips on all your paint tubes and hang them up!  Simple!  You can hang them in colour groups to help find the colour quicker.  I like having them all out on a display because now I don’t have to sort through a shoebox of paints to find the one I want.

Paint board all set up

Paint board all set up

Creating stone texture with coloured pencils

Stone texture can be quite tricky to create and I have used several methods to create it in the past.  I found one way that is better than others and is quite simple to do.  I add layers of colour starting with the lightest, which is what you want your highlighted areas on the stone to be.  In the video below, I used several greys, black and some green.  I blend it out using odourless solvent, and then layer again.  After another blend, I then take an electric eraser and go over the area using a random scribble pattern.  I am not too worried about being exact, but just want to lighten areas.  It adds a rough texture to the stone.  You can add colour like green and yellow to make it look like the stone is covered in lichen as well.

Check out the video below as I show you exactly how I created this effect.

Tutorial: how to draw a squirrel

Squirrel

Squirrel

Hello!  I have created a new tutorial for you guys.  It is focused on drawing a squirrel which has lots of short fur, with some longer fur on its tail.  I also draw the side of a tree trunk in the tutorial and explain how I get the texture for the tree bark.  This tutorial was a lot of fun for me.  I have been wanting to draw a squirrel for a while as they have the cutest little faces.  I thought that this would be a good chance to do a tutorial as well as it is a good example of short fur and how to get the texture of the fur.

Creating the texture is quite simple.  I start by putting down the lightest colours and then add the shadows between the fur clumps with darker colours.  I keep the pencil strokes short as that helps give the effect of short fur.  I blend it out and then repeat.  The extra layers gives more depth to the fur and helps to make it look more realistic.

To get the texture of the bark, I start by blocking in the shapes of the bark.  I am not too careful, as it is quite an abstract texture, you just want to get the shapes going in the right direction, with strong vertical lines.  I then darken the shadowed areas with black, and a brown.  I added a light tan to the lighter areas.  I then blended it out again, before repeating to get the right intensity of colour.  I added white highlights to the parts of the bark where the light was hitting it from the side.

Squirrel Tutorial video:

Watch the video below to see the whole drawing taking place.  I explain what I am doing and how I create the textures using coloured pencils.  If you enjoyed the tutorial, subscribe to my youtube channel (www.youtube.com/c/Xayliafineart) so that you don’t miss out on any videos!