Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Painting with Crayons: A Tutorial

Hey friends!  Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful fall weather.  I have been spending most of my time reading, taking quizzes, writing video responses, and pretty much freaking out about the mid-term coming up instead of crafting and sewing as I should be.  Especially with Christmas fast approaching in 73 days! 

Alright, onto painting with crayons!   I spotted a tutorial about painting with crayons here and thought the technique would work well for a project I was working on.  I actually emailed Suzy some questions and she got right back to me.  I wanted to make my fabric look like a swamp for a mug rug I was making.  


  • Crayons.
  • A divided dish.  You could use a muffin tin or an egg plate as long as it can go in the oven.
  • Cheap paint brushes.
  • 100% cotton fabric to paint on.
  • Cardboard. 
  • Newspapers and paper towels.
  • Iron.
    1.  Tape your fabric to a piece of cardboard to protect your work space and to stabilize the fabric.
    2.  Take the paper off the crayon and place in your container.  To make clean up easier you could use tin foil to line each but the melted crayon washed out just fine with the glass.
    3.  Set your oven to 275.  Place dish in oven and check at 5 minute intervals to make sure the crayons are melted.
     4.  Paint away! :)  Before I started painting I lightly traced my design.  I also used the crayon as a crayon and 'colored' the background a light blue.  The melted crayons do cool off and you will have to keep putting it back in the oven to remelt.  Maybe sitting it on the base of a crockpot or some kind of warming blanket might work. Your paint brush will also begin to clump up as the crayon cools.  I just ran the brush under hot water and used soap as needed the brushes were fine.

   5.  When you are all finished lay your fabric on newspapers and cover it with newspaper or paper towels and using your iron press over the crayon to absorb all the excess wax.

I will blog about the finished project soon!



Terri @ A Creative Princess said...

I've been wanting to try that, but haven't been brave enough to yet. I can't wait to see how yours turns out! It looks great so far!

Kelley said...

It does look fun..I did not know you could paint with crayons....cant want to see the finished post.

Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

This is such a great Idea!! I just had to pin it. Now I need a divided dish that can go in the oven like you have. I am so going to do this for Christmas. Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorials Tuesday!!

Anonymous said... that is just darn cool!

Thanks for linking up to Totally Tutorial Tuesdays. I can't wait to see what you link up next week :)


Connie @ Measured by the Heart said...

You were featured on Fun Feature Fridays @ Measured by the Heart. Thanks for linking up!!

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