Today marks the start. Today the man came and took away his fans and de-humidifiers…. today I could look out of the window and see the wind without standing in the wind. So today because it was wet and windy outside (and no longer inside!) we thought we’d finally have a go at melted crayon art.
We seem to amass wax crayons, there are more each time I look; so every so often we have a crayon cull. Last time we made multi-coloured cupcake crayons which was fun. But today we fancied something a bit more, well “GRRRR”.
Melted Crayon Art
You will need:
An old towel
Iron and ironing board
First, de-pod your crayon from its jacket. I use a sharp knife to shave a sliver of paper down the crayon’s length and then pass them to a child to “shell”. Shelling crayons is good fun in itself.
Next sort your crayons into colours, snap into a few pieces and place in a bag. Now beat it with a rolling-pin until “tenderised” (as flat as you can get them) the thinner you can get it, the easier this is to crumble into the pot. Tenderising crayons is cathartic…once crumbled up, they should look a bit like this:
Now it’s just a matter of positioning your crayon as you wish
Ironing to melt the crayon (don’t forget the towel on the ironing board and the grease-proof paper on top of the picture) Leave the paper on the picture until the wax has re-set. Slicing, smashing, crumbling, ironing; from total destruction and an opportunity to let some frustration go comes something totally unique and rather beautiful. There’s a life lesson in there somewhere…..