Monday, July 11, 2011

Melted crayon prints



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. 
  It was a fun experiment with crayons (oil pastels) and created 2 unique pieces of artwork with one drawing.

4 comments:

  1. I have never heard of anything like this before! It is such a fun idea.

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  2. would it work as well with regular Crayola crayons?

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  3. It would work out great with regular crayons, we were just experimenting with crayon pastels. Come Together Kids did it with regular crayons and the results were wonderful. See the link above if you want to check it out.

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  4. What a fabulous idea!! I can't wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

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