Monday, April 30, 2012

DIY Crayon Art

Last week while I was wasting my time on Pintrest I came across quite a few pins on crayon art.  The first thing I thought of was....can I steal all of the neighbors kids crayons and possibly their science project.  I guess that's why I don't have kids.  Well since I don't have any kids I had to buy my own stuff.  My sister has kids so this would be a great project for her and the kids.  Hey I could've stolen their stuff!  I wanted to try my own.  I saw a lot of rainbow art and a few like the one I created.

So here's what you need to steal get:

A artist canvas, you can buy one for practically nothing (or at least 40% off with a coupon at Hobby Lobby or Michael's) or you can "re purpose" your kids old art project.  Again why I don't have kids.  

A glue gun and glue sticks

A hair dryer or a heat embossing tool.  

Crayons, go ahead, the kids won't miss 12 of the 13 greens they give you in a box of Crayons.

Something to protect the floor and also a back drop to protect your walls.  That's where the science project comes in.  Those 3 fold things that the kids write all their baking soda volcano info on is what I used.

It's really easy, let's get started:

Glue your crayons onto your canvas with a glue gun.  I used a high temperature glue gun.  Don't worry, it won't melt the crayons. 

Set up your backdrop and protection on the floor.

Now here's the fun part.  I started out using a blow dryer but it took too long to get the crayons melted and it also moved around the wax too much.  The heat embossing tool melted them much faster and you had more control over the wax and where it was going.  Be careful with the heat tool as I set a few of the crayon tops on fire.  The thing in the middle holding the canvas upright so it won't slide is just some cardboard I taped together and then taped to the protective sheet on the floor.
Here's what you'll get when your done.  It took about 10 minutes to do it all.  Don't worry that your crayon paper gets discolored during melting, only worry when it starts smoking like mine did.

 Wait for it to dry.  I gave it about a half hour.  That's only because I had to take a shower, it could be less time though, who knows.  I flipped it over, gave the white canvas that was showing a quick spritz of light blue shimmering mist and glued some of my quilled flowers I made to the canvas.  Ta Da!  

Go grab your kids or their stuff and make some art!  Have fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Repurpose A Magazine

I had such a great time making the paper book wreaths that I thought I would try it with a magazine too.  It's about 15 inches around and I made some scallop flowers for the center.  
Here's how it came out:

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Paper Book Wreath

Wow it's been 2 months since I posted something........anything.  
I wanted to share a project I just completed.  I loved making it and it was a cinch!  
It's about 15 x 15, has approximately 60 old dictionary pages and 7 quilled roses for the center. 

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