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What Are You Afraid Of? by MattOfSteel What Are You Afraid Of? by MattOfSteel
This was just a bit of an experiment to see what would happen if I drizzled colored wax over a canvas. Then on a whim I thought it'd be funny to toss in a figure with an umbrella ... so yeah.

I'm sure someone can read a message in this if they want to, whatever floats their stuff.

It is 20" x 16" x 4" with the guy at 1:12th scale. Just in case you were wondering.
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Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student General Artist
how much of a crayon did you glue up top (like half, whole)..? | and did you space your crayons out? 'cause I had a 12x16 canvas & put 60 on the 16" side, full crayons, and it turned out really gloppy. But it was my first experiment, but too gloppy over tape (that I put on the canvas), so I smoothed it out.... It doesn't really look like melted crayon art though :/
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MattOfSteel Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Well. My process was probably quite a bit more complicated than it needed to be but then again it was the first time I did it so I wanted to be sure.

First, I unwrapped the crayons so the waxed paper didn't block any of the melting action. I then took one of those 2 foot long metal rules you usually get for a drawing class used a line from the hot glue gun to put all the crayons in place on the metal side and then hot glued another one on top so I had the series of crayons sandwiched between two metal rulers. Then I used twine to suspend the whole thing over the canvas and used a heat gun to melt it starting from the tips and moving upward. This (along with the air movement from the heat gun) replicated rain drops when the canvas is at a certain angle.

It is a little like painting at a distance as you can angle the heat gun to effect where the drops fall. You also have to sort of keep the heat gun moving or you'll put too much focus on one color set. About halfway through I sort of ran the heat gun directly over the top part of the canvas pointing down until it started to dribble which is how you get those smooth blended lines. Then I finished up from more of the suspended crayons because I was going for that rain look. After a few coats of a clear sealer I dribbed a bit of clear two part resin. A cheap source of that is in the fake flower section of a craft store. They sell stuff intended to pour into a vase so you fake flowers have fake water. This gives it some for shiny points that catch the light better than the colored wax.

I'm sure my method is more complex than the "pinterest" images you see with people just taping them on the top of the canvas, but this way you can have a set up that works for more than one canvas. Plus using those flexible aluminum rulers allowed me to easily recover the parts of the ends of the crayon for use in something else (you can easily melt crayons in a small glass votive candle holder on top of a candle warmer which is perfect for dripping on stuff if you want) as well as pull the hot glue remains right off.

So, yeah. Since I haven't yet returned to melted crayon painting, though I will, I haven't taken the time to figure out a better method.

That's kind of the side effect of starting out my college life as a computer scientist before shifting into sculpture. I put a lot of thought into the beginning of a project so the end of it goes quickly. But yeah. This crayon process was an hour of set up, and the main event took five minutes.

Of course, I'm also a sculptor so I don't think like a painter. This was really just gradually making a flat sculpture on canvas for me.
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Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
I don't really get what you mean for most of this, but I did two melted crayon arts on canvases..

First time I used half the crayon, took the wrap off, used masking tape.. Only a little bit of the crayon seeped underneath the tape. It just looked like watercolors, according to some people. It was a gift, and the person liked it though, so..I guess that's good, or he was just being nice.

The 2nd time I did 1/3 of the crayon, took off the wrap, used masking & painters tape & a littttle bit of duct tape for the other tape that wouldn't stay down.. A lot more crayon seeped in THIS time than LAST time, and I even used PAINTERS tape.

..So I think next time, when I get more I do it, use less crayon, not painters tape, and keep the wrappers on.. I think keeping the wrappers on controls the crayon from not melting out too much. And if I do lettering, I can't not melt it in a certain way so it covers the sides of the tapes..if that makes sense. 'Cause then it doesn't look like the letter or the word.
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MattOfSteel Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, my way is funky.

Keeping the papers on will slow down the melting process if you are having problems with that. The only problem is the papers themselves are waxed as well, so it will fuse to any remaining crayon after heating. It just makes it harder to get to the very last bit of crayon, but you can do your own thing. Whatever works, ya know?

Oh yeah. Painter's tape is almost the weakest of all tapes. It is designed for masking off parts of wall for house paint without sticking to even dried layers of paint. So a little heat will make it start to peel. Yeah, stick with masking tape, it is sticky enough to mostly stay put without damaging the canvas. Maybe even cutting out the letters in cardboard or something first and having it drop straight on the canvas all Pollock style.

I popped by your gallery and checked them out. I think they are pretty sweet ... but I respect you wanting it to be perfectly how you envisioned. Good luck.
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Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
oh..I didn't know the papers were made of wax too. AW MAN... My parents & one of my sisters were like "you should use painters tape 'cause it's like paint..." -___- Dang... Yeah, cutting out with cardboard is smart, but it's kinda hard to cut cardboard 'cause it's thicker. Thank you for the advice! :) :huggle:
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MattOfSteel Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You could also use foam core board or something. A good Xacto knife will make it a bit easier to cut out, as long as you are careful.

Good luck.
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Insaneymaney Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks
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motowngirl5 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
this is amazing!!!!!
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motowngirl5 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
i absolutely can not believe how incredible this is!!
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Jolie-MJ-Johnston Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Student Photographer
That is awesome. :happybounce:
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