* Note: Provide adult supervision in well-ventilated area for techniques involving melted crayons. Ironing should be done by an adult. Overheating wax crayons during melting or ironing may release irritating fumes.
Experiment with melted crayon. For the first two techniques, melt unlabeled crayons in a crayon melter or in muffin tins placed either on a warming tray or into a water-filled electric fry pan set for low heat.*
Using a bristle brush, palette knife or cotton swab, apply the melted, liquid crayon thickly to cardboard for an encaustic technique.*
Use a tjanting needle (a tool with a wax reservoir and fine spigot) to apply hot wax (the melted, liquid crayon) to fabric or paper for a batik.*
Drawing with Melted Crayons
Tie or tape three large crayons together. Tape a piece of drawing paper to a table. With crayons in one hand, and hair dryer on a low heat setting, blow heat directly onto the crayons until they begin to melt. Move your hand around over the paper to create abstract images. Try different color combinations and layer colors over colors.
**Melting crayons should be done in a well-ventilated area. Overheating wax crayons may release irritating fumes. This technique is recommended for grades 8 and older. Melting should be handled by an adult.
Make shavings of an unlabeled crayon and scatter over of a piece of wax paper. Place another sheet of wax paper on top. Place newspaper on top. With an iron on the lowest setting, carefully move the iron over the newspaper with an even pressure.* Allow to cool.
How to use Fabric Crayons
Draw heavily on a piece of paper. When finished, place the paper upside down on a piece of fabric. Place newspaper underneath the fabric. Set an iron to synthetic and iron over your design, constantly moving, until your design can be seen through the paper.* Keep in mind that any design you make will transfer backwards. So if you write words or letters you will have to make them backwards. For color permanency, choose 100% synthetic fabrics.
Place a textured material underneath your paper as you draw; for example, sandpaper, LEGO® boards, etc. These textures will leave designs on your paper. When you transfer to fabric, the designs will appear.*
After you have finished coloring a piece of paper fold and cut it into a snowflake. Unfold and place upside down to transfer onto the fabric.*
Place leaves underneath a piece of paper and make rubbings of them. Transfer these rubbings to the fabric for a nature look.*