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« on: August 27, 2011 03:59:53 PM »

So I have been really interested lately in the awesome crayon melting designs that have taken the internet by storm, and they kind of gave me an idea. What if I did it, but had a stencil of some kind attached to the canvas so that the crayons melted around the design and I could pull of the stencil to reveal the image?

 Now, obviously, the best way to do this kind of "negative" stenciling on fabric is to use freezer paper, because it fuses with the fabric and keeps paint from dripping around it. But I want to do the crayon melting over a canvas.

So, my question is, does freezer paper affix to canvas the same way it does fabric? Would this idea even be possible?

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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2011 12:22:41 AM »

I suspect so, depending on what the finish is on it - there is the possibility that it could lift the finish off if it was primed with something, but if it is fully cured, I doubt it.  My only concern would be when you are pulling off the freezer paper, if you are using the melted crayons - that it could pull off some of your crayon layers and you may not get as crisp an image.
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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2011 09:01:52 AM »

it should adhere just fine to canvas... what you're really doing is melting the plastic side of the freezer paper so it should stick to just about anything honestly.  I'd agree though, you could have some problem with it pulling up the wax.  I'd say try it What's the worst thing that happens?  It fails?  Meh!  You still learn something right?
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« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2011 04:17:09 PM »

Thanks, guys! I plan on trying it sometime this month (Don't know when though, because school just started and I am extremely busy). We shall see how it turns out.
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« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011 07:57:56 AM »

I painted some canvases brown, then stenciled letters on them to look like scrabble tiles.  I tried freezer paper first, but it wouldn't adhere well.  It may very possibly have been something I did.  Or maybe it was the paint.  Anyway, I ended up using contact paper, which worked much better.

Good luck, and be sure to post pics when you're finished  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 09, 2012 07:32:24 AM »

You might have some trouble adhering the freezer paper to the canvas *if* the canvas has Gesso, or paint on it already.  (I'm not saying that it won't work, just that it probably wouldn't)  If you really want to use freezer paper, it would work on raw canvas, but keep in mind that that gives a very different "look" to the canvas at the end, and you might still need to prime or Gesso the areas with crayon on it (since the raw canvas will quite literally soak up a lot more of the colour).

But, this is how I stencil on painted canvas: painters (or masking) tape and wax paper (or even regular paper if you aren't a wet painter).  I would cut my paper stencil pieces a little smaller than needed, to allow me to tape all the way around them.  Although it may seem impossible to get nice rounded edges with this method, I just use a small utility knife to carefully adjust the tape edge when necessary.
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