Thursday, 17 October 2013

Melted Crayon Pictures and Sun catchers

Since I had the crayons, graters and iron out for the last step of our Monet Paintings (click here for that post) I decided we should do some melted crayon paintings along with one of my all time favourite crafts, melted crayon sun catchers.

1. Melted Crayon Paintings (with watercolours)

What you need:
  • Crayons
  • Mini graters
  • Wax Paper
  • Iron (or hairdryer)
  • Watercolour paper
  • Liquid Watercolours
  • Salt
  • Oil pastels
  • Permanent markers
Close up of melted crayon combined with watercolour and salt
How to:
  • Hand out watercolour paper
  • Ask the children to draw a picture in permanent markers or oil pastels on their paper
  • Hand out crayons and graters
  • The children can then grate the crayons onto their pictures.
  • They will need to use their fingers to push the crayon into the place they want.  Some may choose to do a more abstract painting, that's Ok just let them enjoy the process.
  • Place a sheet of wax paper over the crayon shavings and then iron or use a hairdryer to melt the wax.
  • Paint a layer of liquid watercolour over the melted wax painting to add a background and more colour.  The wax will resist the paint and show through.  
  • I provided salt as well if they also wanted to add a speckled look.
The Results:
Pretty cool hey?
I had one student who was away at the end of last term so she did her Monet picture using this technique.  It turned out beautifully.  A great alternative for a Monet lesson when time is limited (easily done in 40 mins).

 2. Melted Crayon Sun catchers 

This idea comes from Martha Stewart.  Click here for her post.

What you need:
  • Crayons
  • Mini graters 
  • Wax Paper
  • Iron or hairdryer
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fishing line
How to:
  • Fold a piece of wax paper in half
  • Open up, grate crayon onto one half then fold over the clean side so the crayon is wedged between the two pieces
  • Melt with iron or hairdryer (I did this step however the children loved to watch this and see the crayons melt)
  • Cut out into shapes (I let the children do what they wanted here, some chose one large shape, others did lots of small shapes)
  • Use a hot glue to glue the shapes onto a piece of fishing line (I did this step)
  • Hang up and admire (I just used blu tack to attach to window)
The Results:
Very pretty with the sun shining through....

Note: Wax paper is available from Coles


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