Thursday, March 7, 2019

Melted Crayon Art 2.0 (AKA, Hot Wax & Disney: TWO OF MY FAVORITE THINGS!)

After the half-success of my rainbow hearts, I really wanted a win: something easy and pretty and fun, where even a "fail" looked good. 

I've also been loving a lot of alcohol ink art lately, and wanted to see if I could get a similar look on the cheap, without using inks.

And here it is!

RAINBOW 'SPLOSION!

I know I say a lot of my crafts are fun to do, but this one is really fun. And I love the 3D effect when you look at it from an angle:


Sorry about the glare, but see the inner shadow in the castle turrets?


Now you can watch me make it, because John and I finally made a new craft video, woot woot!

ROLL IT!


Please note I accidentally lie to you right off the bat: you really can't do this craft with only a candle lighter - not unless you're working on a very hot day, or manage to heat the glass slightly. So definitely have a heat gun handy (like this $16 one on Amazon) or, if you're feeling brave, give it a go with a hair dryer. (Just watch out for flying wax! Ha!)

If you don't feel like watching me ramble on for 12 minutes, I recommend at least watching the fun back-light reveal at the ten minute mark; I didn't get any photos of that, and it is soooo pretty. Plus, think of the possibilities!

My next idea is to use a TARDIS silhouette, then spray the glass with speckles of white paint first (to look like stars) before using all galaxy colors on top. That way when you flip it the "stars" are on top.

You could also do this with a Princess Aurora silhouette, then use a bunch of shades of pinks and blues melting into each other around her.

What else? Hit me with your ideas in the comments! And as always, I'd love to see if you make your own, so remember to tag me on IG or share on Facebook. :)

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17 comments:

  1. AHHH that is so pretty! Now I have to find someone with a cricket and bribe them to make me some stickers. :D I am sure that someone that I know will do that for me.

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  2. If you really want to play with alcohol inks but are turned off but their price, there is a super easy work around: make your own. All they are alcohol soluble pigment in isopropyl alcohol. Most DIY versions involve gutting markers and soaking the cores in jars of rubbing alcohol but you can also use all manner of faded or abandoned art supplies. Calligraphy or artist's inks, dried up markers, clothing dye even food coloring works.

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  3. Preeeeeety! Don't use them as suncatchers any place warm, though, unless you want wax puddled at the bottom of the frame and also possibly on the window sill! Ask this Texas girl how many times she's 'learned' that hot sun is hot...

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  4. Fantasia Mickey with blue splashes of waves!

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  5. So fun! Now I want to do a series of the Hogwarts Houses in their colors - maybe not the house crests, but the mascot for each one. I'm thinking different shades of the main colors blended together - lots of blues for Ravenclaw, for example. Hmmm...I need to hunt down my friends who own a Cricut and have a craft night.

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    1. Ooooh oooh oooh!! Make me a set too! I think that's a great idea!

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  6. Catbus could be done in fall colors.

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  7. Oooh, so pretty! So many silhouette possibilities are floating in my head right now. If only, I had a cricut machine.

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    1. You can get many premade designs very cheaply if you search for 'vinyl decal' or 'car decal'. Similarly custom vinyl cut outs from sign shops start at $10. Another option might be checking out your local maker space to see if they have anything else that can be used to create custom masks.

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  8. I wonder if a hair dryer with a diffuser would work. You get all the heat with none of the wind,

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  9. That is so cool! My mind is already racing with ideas for things to make! I've got a couple shadow boxes that I'm not happy with what's in them, so I think those are going to get re-purposed very soon Thanks for the awesome idea and video!

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  10. If you make the TARDIS one and sell it on your Etsy shop there's a very good chance it will be bought. (By me, if that wasn't clear :D ) But if it's not too presumptuous, could you sell a Cinderella and Rapunzel, too? Daughter's fave princesses, plus it would match her pics she got with those characters at Disney. Pretty please with an Epbot cookie on top?? Love ya, kthxbai

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  11. If you use yellow paint instead of white (for the Tardis one) and a dark background for the silhouette, and shades of purple, you could do an amazing "Tangled" print of the night they watch the lanterns. SO MANY IDEAS!

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  12. I wonder if warming the wax ever so slightly would help make the peeling off a little easier and less likely to crack?

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  13. Did you mount it on the frame with the wax inside or outside? I'm trying to figure out how you got the cool shadow of the wax was inside, but I'd worry about it getting screwed up if the wax is outside...

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    1. Wax goes inside! That way you get the pretty shine of the glass on top.

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