When I saw this I knew I'd be trying it for myself but I also knew I'd be doing it a little different. I like the colors in spectral order (even though she didn't start with red like she's supposed to but I guess we can call that creative license and let it go) but that just won't work for my little pastel house.
I also knew I didn't want the wrappers left on my crayons and that has nothing to do with the fact that all of my crayons are different brands, sizes, shapes, etc. I just don't care for the wrapper look.
a heat gun
a heat gun
Complicated, I know. Before you ask, yes I divide my crayons into color groups and store them that way. These are not the crayons I color with. Those are in a different container. These are the ones I melt.
These crayons are leftover from years ago when we used to do faux encaustic wax painting. See the travel iron in my purple box? You hold the crayon on the plate of the hot travel iron until it melts then you use the iron to paint the melted crayon onto a canvas or cardstock or whatever. Encaustic wax sticks can cost $4 - $8 each which makes no sense to me when a crayon will work just as well. I suppose if I was a professional encaustic painter I'd use the good stuff but I'm not and don't ever intend to be.
Here's a short video on a basic encaustic painting technique if you're interested:
First thing you do is line up the crayons on your canvas and glue them down. Mine were all broken and different sizes but that didn't matter because I knew I'd be melting them all the way down. I took a picture of the crayons before I started melting them but I seem to have temporarily misplaced that picture. The glue I used was the one that was closest to me at the time and it worked great! It's that UHU All Purpose Twist Glue in the yellow bottle.
Let the glue dry then get out your heat gun and go to town. My beloved Weller heat gun is probably 15 years old and it's starting to make a funny noise, which I just ignore since they're pricey and I'm not in the mood to replace it right now. I guess when it bursts into flames in my hand I'll get another one. Once you go Weller you'll never go back.
You stop when you get the amount of melty you want. I wanted lots of melty. This was my first attempt so naturally I learned what not to do. Keep the heat on the crayons and try not to heat up the drips too much or your colors will muddy. Mine got a little too muddy in some areas so I put another crayon on there to melt over the muddy areas. That worked fine.
That's all there is to it! Let it cool then hang it. I put mine in the upstairs hallway on a narrow naked wall. I found that I like the top of the canvas where the crayons were attached better than the drippy parts. I like that blendy, smudgy look. Jayson likes the drips and even had some suggestions for other techniques that I might try.
This is something I would definitely do again, especially if I needed something kind of big but had a small budget to work with. It really does give a lot of bang for the buck.
Oh, I did attempt to melt the crayons by leaving the canvas outside in the sun since our temperatures have been 100+ degrees. A couple of them melted beautifully but most of them just got soft and never ran. I figured it was the cheap off-brands that melted and the brand names didn't. Crappy Crayolas.