I saw some okay one's out there and I saw some really ugly shit. Let's not say EVERYTHING everyone makes at home can be called "art". I guess, the exception to the rule is if you're a parent. A majority of you folks think your kids shit gold.
Anyway, I had several examples of some shitty crayon art, but I thought about it and figured that putting up crap that I didn't think was up to par would be the equivalent of me finding of my cakes on Cake Wrecks. Not a good feeling in the pit of my stomach, so for the sake of Karma, I'm not going to blast shitty art.
|NOT MY WORK!!! (Just my inspiration.)|
I love looking at a picture and being absolutely stunned silent. You can't ask for much more than that, can you? I love stunning silhouettes, and I love sharp color contrasts. And I love rain!!! You can't ask for a better mix of mediums, concepts, techniques, or subject matter!!!
I like doing things myself. I probably won't get it as perfect as this artist has, but half the fun is trying, isn't it?
Unless you know of a better way to cut out details, this is the way to go.
I'm sure if you can melt a crayon with a hair dryer, you can melt it with a low-temp glue gun. I happen to have a high temp one. I have several, actually, but the one I was willing to part with was high-temp.
|Black Construction Paper|
|Glue- Nothing fancy.|
I'm told the cheap crayons don't work well with melty crayon art. Don't skimp on this!!!
You're going to want to blow up your picture so that that silhouette is at the correct scale in proportion to your canvas. Admittedly, I sort of printed mine smaller than I would have liked. I found the original scale that the artist used on their art piece was very striking. However, after cutting it out with all the details using the Xacto knife, I was sorely reluctant to do it over again. I taped the picture on top of a piece of black construction paper and proceeded to cut it out carefully.....VERY carefully.
I could probably do something artsy with the negative from my silhouette, but it wasn't a perfect cut and I had to tweek my cut-out a little with a pair of very fine, very sharp scissors. I seemed to have cut out my right hand so I decided to add an umbrella to hide the flaw and to give me a reason to "Dance in the Rain" so to speak. I always loved that picture of the couple on the beach with the butler holding the umbrella. I guess that's kind of my inspiration for this piece. I ended up using this umbrella picture as a general guide. I trimmed it down so it was scaled properly to coincide with my silhouette.
Be careful!!! It's hard to fix mistakes once you're marking up your canvas. You can always reposition your silhouette and cover the mistake with the melted crayon, so you don't have to chuck it and buy another canvas or anything. Just try to be careful to avoid having to worry about it.
Here's a picture of a homemade light box I found online. It's pretty self-explanatory. Just be mindful that the light isn't melting your plastic!
Mounting the Silhouette:
I glued it on, making sure to not go overboard on the glue. That's it. Too much glue will make your picture wrinkle and hard to handle. Go easy on the glue! I put the original and the silhouette side by side so you can see I wasn't too far off the mark. And the umbrella? I found a nice one online as clipart and I printed it, and cut it out the same way I did the one of me. That was a breeze after spending so much time cutting out the more detailed one.Can you tell I mangled the fingers on my hand "holding" the umbrella? No? Not bad, huh? I guess if you really messed up or want to touch up the silhouette, you can always do little details with a black marker. But, I'm one of those people who will notice the difference in medium and it would just drive me crazy every time I looked at it. I say, it's your art and you should do what feels good to you- even that that means drawing on your canvas directly with a marker!
|Here it is; PRE-melted Crayon Rain!|
Protect Your Hard Work:
Load the Glue Gun:
Just in case it's not clear, you must remove the paper from the crayon before loading your gun. I know other sites glue the paper and crayon onto the canvas and melt that way with a heat gun or a dryer, but that's not what I'm doing here and the paper is an obstacle, not part of the process. The trigger on the glue gun will most likely just push the crayon in and out rather than just in so be prepared to give your crayon a little shove to achieve your effects. I ended up having to use my Xacto knife's back end to get the last bits of crayon through, at times. Push harder to have the wax dibble out faster to get the long runny lines. Hold you gun with the tip facing down and go easy with the trigger if you want a more spotted or dotted effect like rain drops. Also, protect any surface you don't want to get messy. If you prop your canvas up against a wall, protect the wall and the floor beneath it. Crayon is tricky. It can either come up easily or it can be a pain in the ass. Just prevent the disaster before it happens.
Crayon Color Tips:
Where I Went Wrong:
After melting a bunch of crayons and getting a pretty good feeling, I got ansty and peeled off the blue tape and regular paper off my silhouette. It looked amazing with just one dribble making it past the tape and stopping right at the top of my umbrella. Other than that, there was a distinct 1/8th inch white line around the umbrella, where the tape was. I took my canvas and placed it in my lap, grabbed my glue gun and decided I would carefully create the droplets that would hit the umbrella and run off by tilting the canvas myself. The wax was too melty for me to control and before I knew it, I had a blue streak come straight down my umbrella, over my face, down my body and right off my foot (on the silhouette, I mean). I was pissed, but didn't touch it. It would harden and I could flake it off carefully with the knife. I waited, and then carefully took it off, but I could see the shiny residue where the dribble left it's mark on my matte paper. Deciding that I still needed to keep going with the dribbles on the umbrella, I slapped on the painters tape directly on top of my silhouette (because I was too lazy to cut out a new piece of paper) and trimmed up the umbrella line and went to town on the dribble. I was thoroughly satisfied that I had enough crayon on my canvas, so I started to pull up the tape. And the tape pulled up layers of my construction paper silhouette. =( It wasn't a total disaster, but I could see where the layers were missing. The camera cannot. (At least not from a distance.) Can you see it at all in the picture to the right? It bugged me, but I don't know what I want to do about it yet. I may cut out another silhouette and either cover up the flawed one or replace it. I don't think peeling it off the canvas will work out. I may just leave it and call it my first lesson.
|The aftermath. Not too messy, right?|
I got an overwhelmingly large response when I showed a few people the finished work. A lot of ooh's and ahh's. Overall, I'd rather teach people who to do this on their own. I have a request or two from a couple of people for me to make one for them. The silhouette is the hardest part and getting enough colors from ONE box of crayons is a little daunting when you're trying to concentrate on one color. I wanted my canvas to consist of mostly purples but after all the shades of purples ran out, I had to throw in some blues and pinks and greys to get the look I wanted. I may do a couple more but on a smaller scale. I wonder if I will get the same effect?
|"I'm Only Happy When It Rains"|
"Pour Your Misery Down On Me"