Well, we did it again! I knew I wanted to make more of these canvases and I wanted to try a couple of other techniques to see what else would work! Brooke and I spent a little time yesterday sorting out the colors from 4 boxes of crayons. FYI- for my 11"x14" canvas 40 crayons fit perfectly. So, I chose 10 different colors and used 4 of each one. (In case you missed my first post on how to do this, you can find it here).
This shows you how I laid them out. I would put one down of each color in 4 different areas, then put the next color down beside it..
and so on, until I had 4 like groups of 10 different crayons.
As I said in my original post, I'm in Texas and hell has nothing on the heat we are experiencing. SURELY I could use the sun to melt these puppies.
My other idea was to put them in the car to melt. Again, SO stinking hot, surely this would work.
However, we have SO many trees that we do not get steady sun in any one area of our yard (front or back) for more than about an hour or so. I had to move this canvas down after about an hour, but no melting had occurred yet.
This was the car canvas, and although it looked like it was starting to sweat/melt, again no drips (after about an hour).
Okay, so no steady sun in the yard or car (I wasn't going to keep moving the canvas from place to place and the car from driveway to street, and all around) = a no go for melting the crayons. So, I put them on the counter and came back to them this afternoon. I was talking to my mom on the phone and she suggested trying them in the oven... brilliant! So, I did. And it worked. Beautifully!
Here was my first set up. Since I'm "with child" those beer mugs sure aren't getting any use (but boy howdy, I would KILL for an ice cold brew!!). I put some foil down on a cookie sheet, propped my canvas up on the mugs, and placed the whole set-up in the oven.
I set mine to 250 (wish I knew how to do the little degree symbol thingy!).
I took a peek after about 1 1/2 minutes and WHA?!?! Drippy?! Yay!
But, the angle they were at was making the tops of the crayons melt over the wrappers and I thought that looked messy. So.. my anal retentive self took them out of the oven (while Brooke asked, "What's wrong, Mama? Why are you taking them out already?"). I told her I was fixing them and so I did.
Like so. I put one in front of the other to make the angle more steep.
Then I put them back in to get their melt on.
Definitely put down some foil b/c they will likely melt off of the canvas a bit.
This is the finished product for Brooke's canvas. DONE in 5 minutes!! :)
Here is Benjamin's (also after just 5 minutes!)!
These have a different look than the first one I did, since the colors dripped straight down and didn't bleed or blend in with the colors beside them.
Love these colors too!
I love how they turned out and how I did the different color groups.