Thursday, August 25, 2011
Fingerpainting with Crayons
We pretty much live outside in the summertime, so sometimes things are outside for a while.
This morning I picked up a new box of crayons, and noticed that they were awfully pretty and bright -and some runny and marbled- from being slight melted. Woops. :)
But, you know. Often you get an idea from things like that.
And so I did.
We've done Encaustic Art before, and have also created things with melted crayons (Summer's Glass)... this time we used paper and sunshine.
I drew a very simple picture,
and then peeled some paper off a few crayons.
Using Maddie's little preschool scissors, I cut little slabs off of the round crayons, and then sort of shaved some off of our "muffin" crayons.
Then I just laid the pieces on the paper.
Of course, right after I got this far, the rainclouds came.... :)
So I turned my oven on to 200 degrees (f), and put some scrap paper under my picture, and put it in my oven on a cookie sheet.
I actually ruined the first one... left it in there for like eight minutes or so, which was way too long.
Did it all over again, and looked at after two minutes.
It was nice and soft, so I took it out.
Then came the fun part...
smooshing the soft, warm wax around with fingers!
If you need to switch colors, you can just rub fingers together... the wax comes off really easily, as it's already cool. (Maybe put a large bowl on the table for children to rub their fingers over, if you do this inside.)
After I did the first round of smooshing, I put my paper (and under papers) back in the over on my cookie sheet for just a minute (it was turned off, now, but still warm), and then fine-tuned my picture.
And since the wax made the paper less opaque, it looks lovely hung in the window, as well!
Maddie's is next! We'll see if the sun comes back out again today for hers....