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« on: February 22, 2012 03:02:41 PM »

We've all seen the crayon art everywhere and quite frankly I'm kind of sick of it but I then I got a wild ass hair and, well, we C-sters all know how they go. So here are my takes on it using the glue gun method:

So I got 6 small packs of Crayola and did this:

9" x 12" canvas. I put down all 6 of the black along the top first then put 3 of each color spanning 2" each. I think I should have started the black further down so it would have more a presence. I was planning on sending this to my niece but then I realized the crayon art I already had (from a swap) hanging above my sewing machine was BROKEN!

So I broke it more (sorry Leigh!) and using some crayon chunks and the dripping from the first piece I did I went from this:

to this:

8" x 10" canvas. I LOVE the texture, but don't know what I'm going to do with it because the first one up there took it's place above me machine.

And then I had 6 brown crayons and 3 of each of the "rainbow colors" so I came up with this:

Depth shot:

9" x 12" canvas. Ended up with some splatters so I tried to make like they "leaves" that had fallen off the tree but I don't think that part worked too well. I do like how each drop can pass as a leaf on the tree, though.

I didn't like doing this at all. In fact, I was going to stop after the first because it hurt my fingers but like I said, wild ass hairs, what do with them? What do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012 03:39:30 PM »

the repaired one looks like something kids (or me?) would love to run their fingers across.  great texture!

jexx, thank you for your complete honesty about how much of a pain in the ass it was to make them!   Cheesy it'll save me the blisters and cursing!

and i think the tree should come and live with me <3
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012 04:14:39 PM »

I love the tree - it could live happily ever after at my house if things don't work out with Spidermom  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2012 03:12:17 PM »

I really liked the tree, too. I'm glad you guys agree. It's on it's way to Spidermom, though, so fingers crossed I packaged it good enough!
The "repaired" one now has a home on display in my girls' room. Maybe one day when they are older I can use it as a texture teaching tool. Thanks for the idea, spidey!

I also forgot to add when I made this post that using Crayola crayons over the cheap crayons made so much difference! Maybe it wouldn't have been a noticeable difference if I had used a high temp gun instead of low temp, but the off-brand crayons were stiff and came out more like stiff icing being piped. Crayola ones were nice and drippy, though I had to be patient and let them melt. Would definitely recommend a high temp gun.
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A clean house is a sign of a wasted life.

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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2012 08:50:38 PM »

I see the finished projects on pinterest all the time and they've intrigued me. Thanks for the "real life" perspective! Looking at the pictures and tutorials it seems very easy! Yours turned out beautifully, though.
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« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2012 06:36:36 PM »

Wow, I figured crayon art was going to be a pain, but not torture!  I'm glad you could piece something together on your adventure.  I have a canvas and a bucket of crayons waiting for a day off and warm weather.  I'll certainly be prepared for issues now.

Thanks for the super honest post!
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