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21  Melted crayon painting tutorial- Peacock in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RaeRaggs on: December 06, 2011 09:32:19 AM
Hi all!  Grin
Crayon melting art is super easy and fun.  There are a few things I want to share with you that Ive learned while doing this.   I put this little tutorial together since some people asked for one when I posted the phoenix. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=396529.0  So how do you turn a crayon into a peacock?

Gather all your supplies before hand.  I used a 24x36 canvas.  Since I was only using 3 colors of crayons (blues, greens, and purples), I needed 3 boxes.  Goggles are recommended because the wax can spray if left melting in the gun, which is also why you want to cover your workspace with newspapers.  I used a mini, high heat glue gun.  It doesnt come perfectly clean afterwards, so you may want one dedicated just for crayons.  I got mine for $2.50 at Michaels.

I start out by sketching out an idea on paper and choosing where I want the colors.  Then I lightly sketch an outline on the canvas so I can get my proportions correct the first time.  You cant get the wax off once its on so the only way to correct is to put a different color wax over it.  Pencil will show through a thin layer of a light colored crayon so sketch softly.

Set your canvas or work surface at around a 45 angle to get the drip affect.  An easel is nice but a can of beans will do the trick too.  Smiley To have more control and make the wax move slower, you can lessen the angle.

On the peacock I added some gem embellishments to the tail to represent the eyes.  I hot glued these on first so that there was a flat surface for them to adhere to and so the wax would gather around them and seal them in.

Before you start melting, peel off the paper from all the crayons you want to use.  This takes longer than I thought it would and would put a damper on your creative flow if you had to stop between each one.  You may want to use a utility knife.

Insert the crayons pointed side first.  The trigger may not work all the time because the crayon isnt an exact fit, so you have to push with your thumb sometimes.  Pushing the pointy end hurts.  Sad

Now the fun part!  Start putting random drips on your canvas.  There are different techniques you can use.  The most common one I used on both the phoenix and the peacock was just simply putting the gun at one point and letting the wax drip down by itself.  You can also draw with the gun, which is good if you need to outline, like I did on the body of the peacock.

For tiny places, like the beak and plumage, it may be difficult to control how much wax comes out.  For these spots you can use the crayon to color straight onto the canvas and then use the tip of the gun to melt what you drew.  You can get sharper details with much more control this way.

Fill in as much or as little as you want and you're done!  I'm debating if I want to use acrylics to paint a background on this or leave it blank but the crayon part is finished.

There are some important things to remember.  Your melted crayon art is still basically just crayons.  They have a low melting temperature, so dont put your art where it will be subject to heat.  I know Ive had crayon casualties in the car on a summer day.  Also, crayons are breakable and in their melted form are even more fragile.  If your work surface is canvas or something flexible, the wax can crack or fall off when its moved.  You may want to put a sturdy back on it to make it stable.  Also if your painting rubs against something, yup, you just made new crayon art on that too.  Tongue
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22  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RaeRaggs on: December 06, 2011 07:15:14 AM
Here's some November ATC's I received. 
From JillHogan, "the letter O"

From mintdawn, "crafting with feathers" and "beading" for my crafting theme.

From coryjo: "cooking with gas" for my cooking theme.

Thanks ladies!  Its been a pleasure trading with you.
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23  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RaeRaggs on: November 28, 2011 02:12:39 PM
Yay!  I got cryptozoology cards from Twisted Truth today.

A cute little Nessie

and a bonus Yeti!

Thanks so much!  They came in a card with a picture of a Kraken postage stamp and if that is real, then Canada officially had the coolest postage ever.  Tongue
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24  Melted crayon painting- Phoenix in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RaeRaggs on: November 26, 2011 01:17:08 PM
I really liked the melted crayon art but I wanted to take it to a whole different level.  
Here is my "Phoenix".  Wax and acrylic on 18"x24" canvas.

Hopefully these new photos will show the texture better.

The tutorial is up. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=397873.new#new
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25  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RaeRaggs on: November 23, 2011 12:10:06 PM
Here is my crafting themed card from CoryJo called "I <3 crafting"

This is a sewn map of the route for a motorcycle rally for charity.  It was from my "inspired by my pinterest" theme made by Mod35tbabe.

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26  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RaeRaggs on: November 17, 2011 07:47:35 AM
I got two very cool cards from Jillybeans!  An alliance banner and a horde banner.

For the Alliance!

Thanks so much (for the supplies too)!
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27  Colorful tree painting in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by RaeRaggs on: November 16, 2011 11:03:23 AM
I've seen this a lot on Pinterest and my swap partner actually pinned it so I was excited to have a reason to paint it.

Its 12"x24", acrylic on canvas.
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28  Re: Random swap round 3 gallery in The Swap Gallery by RaeRaggs on: November 10, 2011 09:27:43 AM

I'm posting pics of the package I sent to Feeorin.  First, from her Pinterest is a colorful tree painting.  Its acrylic on 12x24" canvas.

She said she liked scarves so I knitted a green/brown ribbon scarf. 

Above that is a needle felted snowy owl because Feeorin is a Harry Potter fan.  He's wearing a knitted scarf in the school colors but it comes off.  I threw in a couple Harry Potter bookmarks as well

There is some fabric with woodland creatures on it.

I was going to put candy in Scandinavian heart basket, but all the boxes were too big.

Then there's a blue knit butterfly washcloth.

This pic is of the entire package.  I sent some American candy (Nerds, Sugar Babbies, Gobstoppers, and Starbursts).  On the right are a couple of signs I thought she might like because she likes the Beatles and is a sewer.  The rodeo paper is just the letter I wrote her.

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29  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RaeRaggs on: November 10, 2011 08:17:04 AM

I received a camping card from Mountains and Clouds. I also got 2 extras!  One is maracas and the other is a djembe.

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30  Since its bat season on Craftster...bat scrapbook page in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by RaeRaggs on: October 27, 2011 12:32:31 PM
Since its bat season on Craftster, Wink here's one of my favorite scrapbook pages.  My family was spending a couple months up in Presque Isle, WI at a friends cabin.  I got to sleep up stairs but it turned out I was sharing the room with a couple dozen furry friends.  I love bats so it was an interesting experience capturing them all and releasing them outside. Again my scanner cut off some of the edges, especially the bottom.  Thanks for looking.

Journaling says:

Getting the best room in the cottage didn't come without a price for Desire'.  She had 3 dozen furry squeky friends to sleep with.

Rhonda and David were terrified of them.  David dropped to the floor when Cappy touched him 'cuz he thought it was a bat.  One night a tent was set up in the living room 'cuz Rhonda was afraid they would fly into her room at night.

Using a handy fishnet, we had them out of the house within 48 hours.
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