Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Melted Crayons on Canvas {3 ways}

 
Last week was my hubby's birthday and I wanted the girls to be able to give him something extra special this year.  I wanted it to be something he could really keep and possibly even take to work to brighten his office a bit.  I had seen this awesome way to do melted crayon dot art on Pinterest and thought my 7-1/2 year old would be able to do that technique.  But I had to figure a different way for my other younger daughters {ages 5 and 3} to do something similar.





I had the girls start out by making a drawing.  Maisy and Lou both decided they wanted to make their picture of our new cat Lolly.  They like using this Usborne drawing book to help them out when drawing animals.




Maisy wanted to draw a sitting cat and Lou opted for the sleeping cat.  They just used regular white copy paper to make their drawings and then we transferred them over to the canvas.
To transfer the drawing onto the canvas, I laid the drawing face down onto the canvas and rubbed over the back of the image with the side of my pencil.

The transferred image was very faint so I lightly traced around the image.  I didn't want it to be too dark since I didn't really want the pencil to show through on the finished product.

We didn't actually start on this part until the next day.  Maisy was at a friend's house playing and it was the perfect chance for me to supervise Lou with her crayon melting and dotting.  While Lou started on her crayon dotting, I was busy doing an outline on Mina's drawing with melty crayon so she could just do some painting over the top.

Mina had drawn a picture of Daddy.  She wanted to paint it red.  I had added a few crayon dots at the bottom of her picture so I could show Lou how to make dots and fill the area in.

Melting the crayon over the candle was frustrating to say the least.  I think I had to light and re-light the candle about 20 times.  The flame just kept burning out when the crayon wax would drip down.  It wasn't even dripping directly on the flame.  Maybe it was because they were dollar store candles, I don't know.  

Another stumbling block was using cheap crayons.  I finally had to pull out some nice Crayolas because the dollar store crayons were just gloppy.  The Crayola went on so much more smoothly.  

After Lou was done with the crayons, she painted a background.  What do you think?  The texture of it is so fun - almost like oil paints.  

Maisy was able to finish her painting when she got home.  Instead of doing the melted crayon outline like I had done on Mina's, I just made a bold outline with the crayon closely following her outline.  Then I had her choose her paint colors.  I did take pictures, but didn't realize that they all came out blurry so all I have is the picture of her finished painting.

I think the girls really enjoyed doing a piece of art on canvas - we had never done that before.  What "masterpieces" have your kids done on canvas?  I would love to know.

14 comments:

  1. Those are so cool and they did a great job. I will have to check out Usborne drawing books. I am seriously impressed. They turned out beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Laura. Their dad loved opening those as a gift. Usborne does have a pretty good variety of drawing books based on age and drawing ability. This one we have is very basic, but the kids love that they can draw so many different animals.

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  2. These are gorgeous! I love how you made actual pictures. We've done them with holiday shapes and wax paper, but never this way! Awesome!

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  3. I love them! It looks like your family likes cats! We are a cat family too!

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  4. What a great gift idea! So neat looking!

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  5. I bet he loved his gifts! Those turned out really nice. I love the dots.

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  6. Wow, my daughter would love me to help her with something like that, I am not at all creative or patient. Such a great effect

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  7. Those are really neat effects! I agree that the melted crayon dots does look like an oil painting! I wonder how you'd be able to melt the crayon without the candle going out all the time?

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  8. What cute cats! But I LOVE the red pictures. Fabulous.
    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy

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  9. This are wonderful gifts! I bet he loved them.

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  10. This is really neat! i love how different they all turned out.

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  11. I really love the idea.... where do you think the best place to get canvas is..... please reply with the answer........ do you think hobby lobby?

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    1. Hobby Lobby might do. You can look online. That's what I did.

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    2. I found mine at Michael's on sale in a multi-pack. I can't recall what the price was, but it wasn't bad. Can you believe I've never been to Hobby Lobby? It's just not super close to my house, but I've heard it's a great store.

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