Crayon Art…I had to try it

Written by: Renee Reiter

So apparently if everyone jumped off a cliff, I would too. It seems like everyone is doing crayon art these days..and now so am I.  Kind of too cool to pass up! I have mentioned my obsession with color before so this seemed like a must do! A few things I learned on my first attempt:

  • It was not as “easy” as I thought it would be
  • It was a little messier than I had anticipated (and I knew it would be messy)
  • It takes practice to get the different techniques down
  • Vinyl doesn’t make a great stencil for crayon art because the heat makes it not stick well to the canvas and you need a lot of heat for the crayons.
  • Decide if you want them to run down the canvas or do you want a “splatter/drip” effect
  • Just have fun with it!!

Although it didn’t come out with clean crisp lines like I had imagined;  I still really like it so it’s a win! I decided to go with the splatter/drip effect because I didn’t have enough crayons to go across the top of my canvas.

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Supplies:

  • I used vinyl for the stencil shape of the hearts and another vinyl decal for the lady blowing the hearts. But you can you a quote or different images…it’s fun to play around with. If you need a decal you can stop by my shop and take a look Dandelion Decals
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Hair Dryer
  • Canvas
  • Paper or plastic to cover a pretty wide work area (the crayons will splatter all over)

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I applied my first piece of vinyl to the canvas and got started. I found it best to heat the crayons over the canvas and let it drip where I wanted it. Then after you get a lot of drips you can use the hair dryer to blow them around and they will mix together. It was a little hard to get all of the white spots filled but nothing too bad. I will fully admit that after seeing some of the beautiful crayon art online I thought it would work a little different…but toward the end I was able to see how they may have done some of the effects…just have fun playing with it your first time.

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Here’s how it looked once I was done melting the crayons. I let it dry for a few minutes (they actually dry really fast) and then I pulled my vinyl stencil off.

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While I was pulling the vinyl off I was a little bummed to see that some of the color bled under the vinyl. Although as previously admitted it was expected since vinyl doesn’t like heat and I didn’t think that part through. In the end though I actually decided it fits with my funky style and probably reflects my personality a little too…always trying to be perfect but I always end up outside the lines a little hehe. Here is what they look like up close

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Now it finish it up! I was so excited to add the final touch and see it come to life. As usual one of the cats was around to give their approval and make their presence known. I sure do love those fur babies 🙂

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And there it is…my first attempt at crayon art! I have to say I don’t think it will be my last. I did find it to be a lot of fun. Have you tried crayon art? I would love to see some pics in the comments if you have!

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We hope that you found helpful or inspiring tips that you can incorporate into your own life and crafting adventures. We encourage our readers to share their own projects in the comments as we absolutely LOVE seeing what others were inspired to create. We also kindly ask that comments stay polite and/or constructive.
– Sincerely Renee & Jessica

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