Simple modern art with crayola crayons!
So I am going a little off piste with this blog post, but considering I always get a positive reaction to my baking posts, I thought I would share with you some of my other homemade creations, starting with this simple crayola art that Rob and I just finished today. In between baking, blogging and working, we are always on the hunt for home improvements and when we saw a picture of this art a few weeks ago, we knew we wanted to give it a go ourselves. Our flat lends itself perfectly to this type of decor with our multi-coloured smeg fridge, Andy Warhol canvases and modern touches, so we knew it would make a great feature for our hallway and couldn’t wait to get creative!
To create this crayola art, you will need:
1. a canvas
2. crayola crayons (don’t be thrifty and buy pound shop crayons. These won’t be wax-based and will not melt. Ever. Trust me..we learnt the hard way!)
4. a hairdyer
The canvas we used was 30″ wide by 24″ tall and we needed a good four boxes of crayons to fill the width of it. You can arrange your crayons in any which way you like but we opted for a rainbow-like arrangements so we laid them all out first in our colour preference before we started glueing them. This also meant that several of the colours were redundant from the pack which now means we have an abundance of black and brown crayola crayons in our flat! Once you have all your crayons laid out, take your glue and cover one side of the crayons before positioning and sticking it onto the canvas. Continue until you have stuck all your crayons down and then leave for at least 24 hours so the glue can properly set.
24 hours later and you are ready to make some art! The next stage can be quite messy so ensure you cover the floor/nearby walls with newspaper to avoid any wax splashes. We decided to do it on our lino kitchen floor which was the perfect surface as any rogue wax splatters were easily scraped up and disposed off. Switch your hairdryer on to the highest heat setting but the lowest power level and concentrate on a small section at a time. You will notice that some of the colours melt quicker than the others. The dark purples and blues loved the heat, but the pinks and the oranges took a little bit more persuasion. I went through once, melting the crayons to about halfway down the canvas and then went back over them until they began to reach the bottom. It took about 50 minutes of arm ache and devotion to complete the whole canvas.
And there we have it, simple, quick and easy modern art! There are so many variations you could do with this type of art, the possibilities are endless. I would quite like to take smaller canvases and create a colour gradient across the wall with different shades of crayons. You could also position them at an angle or even hang the art upside down to give a really modern twist to this colourful creation.
What do you think of my crayola art?