Island Inspirations – Melting Crayon Art

June 14, 2012 in EXPERIENCE DIY, ISLAND INSPIRATIONS by Vanessa

Ever since my younger years I have had an borderline obsession with color, no specific primary color – just every shade that it paints. It was not until I began thinking about the creative direction I would take for this post that I realized my obsession is not unfounded. It is simply because of my innate love for the beauty of the Bahama islands.

A friend who is a pilot once said to me, “there is no more stunning of a view than that which is seen when flying over the archipelago that makes up the 700 islands of The Bahamas.” He is a man that speaks no truer words. Every time I look out to the ocean that surrounds our islands I find I need to catch my breath. In equal beauty – to look beneath the surface of the ocean, I mean to really look at it,  you will see no lesser of a magnificence. Color and its smooth transitions are every where; whether it is in the red snapper quickly darting by, or the purple sea fan gently swaying to the dance of the ocean. Is it any wonder that such natural beauty has inspired this DIY? Read on…

- Satellite images taken over The Bahamas were my inspiration -

WHAT YOU’LL NEED - 

  • Inspiration – adds an extra dose of challenge to your DIY.
  • Blank canvas, choice of size if yours.
  • Hot glue gun + of course, glue sticks.
  • The obvious – crayons – you’ll need enough that when stacked alongside each other they cover the width of the canvas.
  • A sheet of cardboard wider than the width of your canvas, this is important as you don’t want to be blowdrying your DIY partner’s hands. (yes, as you will see I did not follow my own step)
  • A DIY partner who will hold the aforementioned sheet of cardboard upright.
  • Newspaper, an old sheet or what have you to cover your DIY surface - again important as you will see that the melted wax pools at the bottom of the canvas.

- Step-by-step instructions on how to melt the crayons in to a sea of colour, pun intended

Tell me what would inspire your crayon melting art project + which colours would you use?

Experience Tips: I liked concentrating the blow-dryer on one area at a time, making my way across the width of the canvas. There were some colours I ooh-and-ahh’d over more than others so I focused the heat on those. After the fact I thought it would be great to paint the canvas first for added colour or to make a contrasting background. 

P.S. photo credits – satellite images via here, here + here.