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Crayon Painting Videos

This is a thing?  Oh, the things they don’t teach you in art school, like anything cool.  Thankfully we have the internet for that.

I am going to classify this technique as “encaustic art ala Crayola.”  I love Crayola crayons so much.  Here are some surprising new ways people are melting down the wax for painting.  I can’t believe I never heard of this before.

Here is the basic idea with two different techniques and some boss video edit.

 

I went to the blog for this next video, and this artist does not say anything about process.  It would be my guess the toys were painted with spray paint specifically made for plastic.  I would lean toward either two-part epoxy or liquid nails to hold the toys and crayons in place, but other videos revealed people were just using high temp hot glue.  The glue is shielded and stays in place.  Using a heat gun is clearly more effective than a hot air drier.

 

If you want to go with a Neo-Impressionist crayon melt, get a $2.00 cheap hot glue gun.  If you can find a high temperature one, that would work better than a low heat gun.  The artist clarifies that this will destroy the hot glue gun.

 

Also there were a few videos where the crayon was melted onto a black painted canvas or black piece of illustration board which has a nice bold look.  In this video, the artist goes for more control, a slightly different composition and uses a space heater to melt the crayons.

Back to school supply sales just got a lot more interesting.

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  1. March 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Fun. Fun. Fun. Fun!

    • March 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Next we melt the LEGOs. Bring me a blowtorch – muwahahahahahaaaa!!

      • March 16, 2012 at 11:21 pm

        Yikes! THAT is going to make a cool video! Be sure to wear a gas mask in case the toxic fumes of melting plastic get you.

      • March 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm

        I don’t think my idea would actually work. Paraffin has a really low melting point; hard plastic does not. I think LEGOs would stand a good chance of scorching. LEGOs would not maintain their color integrity if melted; I think they would scorch or burn. Also, there are already tons of people doing crazy, crazy, amazing things with LEGO sculpture. They are way ahead of the curve. Google “LEGO sculpture”. Stuff like this:

        http://store.wired.com/product/291-brick-artist-ndash-melting-man-sculpture

      • March 16, 2012 at 11:50 pm

        Oh, transparent Legos. Very cool.

  2. JJ
    December 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I’m lovin’ both posts on this. I’m wondering if i can add single accensts to my mail art and have it stay there through the postal service….

    • December 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      The wax is brittle and will melt easily in heat of bright direct sunlight. I had these paintings outside at an art show and they became liquid again. I think crayon melt art would get destroyed in the mail. Maybe water down acrylic paint and put it in spray bottles to splatter paint envelopes with. If you splatter paint layers of Process colors [process cyan, magenta and yellow] some random color blends happen when the paint is very transparent:

      https://shellielewis.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/diy-decorative-paper/

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