My kids LOVE crayons and coloring. In fact, Mina has recently developed a blister on her finger from it. I have been looking for a fun way to melt the crayoned artwork without making a mess and I came across this fun project from Laura at Come Together Kids. Instead of using regular crayons on this project, we used Cray-pas oil pastels to see if the transferring process would be more successful. I also thought they might be easier to color with to get a vivid picture.
Start by cutting a piece of sandpaper to the size you would like it. We cut ours so they would fit into a handmade craft stick frame. You can experiment with different grits of sandpaper. We started out with a very coarse 60 and then tried a very fine 240 grit.
This is where your child can create whatever design or picture they choose. I asked my kids to try and cover the entire paper with color, but we ended up with one that had plenty of sandpaper showing through and it still worked great.
I laid a towel on my ironing board for protection and laid the finished colored piece of sandpaper face down on a clean sheet of white paper. Then I placed another sheet of paper on the top for safe measure. The effect may be slightly different if the image is ironed facing up since the heat is more direct.
|This print was done with the more coarse 60 grit sandpaper.|
|This print was done with a very fine 240 grit sandpaper.|