Ever since I joined this blog I have been wanting to do this DIY project. Melted art. I’ve created a few pieces in the past using melted crayons as you can see below.
It’s a really relaxing technique since you don’t have to try so hard to get something just right. You just let the melting crayons go where they want to go, and there’s a certain freedom in that. You’ll understand what I mean by that as I explain the steps of this art style.
Step 1. Getting Your Supplies
1.) Hair Dryer
2.) Canvas. I’m assuming you can use wood blocks or any other surface too. Just nothing too flammable as we will be applying heat.
3.) Crayons. It doesn’t matter what kind as long as they are the colors you would like.
4.) A utensil to hold your crayon in place. I used a plastic fork as that is all that I had on hand, but I’m sure toothpicks or pliers would work too.
Step 2. Pick Your Colors
These are the colors I chose for this example, but it’s good to have some sort of plan in advance as the melted colors will be blending and mixing as you go. For every color you add to the mixture the muddier your overall color collage will be, so it’s good to plan out when to add your darks and lights.
Step 3. Start melting!
Set up your canvas, and plug in your hair dryer. Secure your crayon with your utensil because if you don’t it will roll all over the place. Now just position your hair dryer close to your crayon, making sure it’s blowing air directly onto it. It may take a few seconds, but you’ll see it start to melt a little. You can keep it still if you like, or spread it around like a paint brush too. It’s abstract art, so just do what you want with it!
Step 4. Blending
Now again, this is art. So it’s totally up to you to decide what you want to do with your piece! But this is a great technique for blending colors in a really cool way if you do it right. Try mixing complimentary colors to achieve some interesting shades. The crayon will melt wherever you point your hairdryer, so you do have a bit of control over it. I recommend starting with your light colors, and then adding darks as there is no way to erase anything once it has been melted.
And voila! It’s done! You’ve got a cool finished piece, and you didn’t even have to struggle with drawing and erasing over and over, or mixing 10 different shades of blue to achieve the color you wanted. You just plug in, go, and hope for the best.
This is super easy, and I honestly finished this piece in about an hour. I recommend this for people who are interested in art, but don’t know where to start. You can really let your creativity flow and be very free form with this exercise with no pressure on ‘doing it right’. I find it therapeutic as well. It relaxes me for some reason? So, if you struggle with anxiety, and want to keep your hands and mind busy why not give this a try!