Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Our Latest Project

Hola everyone!  Last week was consumed with the usual family fun/madness.  I also tackled my little princess's room. She is in love with the Disney fairies as are many little girls, so we bought some Tinkerbell and friends decals, butterfly decals, and flower decals off Amazon.  After shopping around, I felt like they had the best prices, especially with Free Super Saver Shipping. :-)

Little lady wanted two colors: green on bottom and pink on top with a swirl where they meet. I will just say free handing with a small paint brush where they meet takes a while. I also added white dots along where the colors meet so that they blended smoothly. The white dots also formed flight patterns for the fairies and butterflies.  There are no close-up shots, but the white dots are there.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Melted Crayon Art

Hola friends!  I hope you're all having a wonderful Wednesday.  I have been jonesing for all those cute melted crayon projects.  The one I really love involves the melted crayons on canvas with a vinyl word in the white.  There are several tutorials available if you type melted crayon art into your browser's search box.  I have a tutorial below if you want to use it.  I used 72 crayons with my canvas, just use as many as it takes from end to end.  I will say I began and ended with the same color (blue) to balance it out.  Other than crayons, you need a hot glue gun and glue sticks, a canvas for the size you want to decorate and a cricut.  I used the cartridge that comes with it (George?) and just chose the silhouette setting to give the outline look. 

First I laid out my crayons to fit the canvas. It took three boxes of 24, so I used three of each color together.  I ordered them so they would blend, starting with dark blue, light blue, blue green, green, light green, yellow green, greenish yellow, yellow, canary yellow, yellow orange, light orange, orange, red orange, red, pinkish red, hot pink, light purple, purple, dark blue.  (These aren't the proper names, but my personal description of the colors.) :-)

Next, I hot glued them  with the crayola label facing up, so they look uniform.  Make sure to keep the bottom of the crayon even with the edge of the canvas.  After this step, I used a embossing gun to melt the crayon from about the middle down to the tip.  You can use a hair dryer according to the other tutorials.  I might use the low blow, high heat setting if you can because the wax with blow around if there's too much force.  I started on one side of the canvas and worked my way across melting it in the drippy shapes I desired.  You may want yours to look different.  Just let it melt slowly and then you can remelt it if you want more drip. 

Lastly, I let it dry overnight.  Then I used my cricut to cut out the letters for creation.  I used the 2 1/2" letter silhouette setting and just stuck them down.  I hope you try it and are as pleased with your art as I am!  Happy crafting....C