Weekly Weather – Oops!

Today is the day I’m supposed do the Weekly Weather Post – the topic is Sun Shower. I created a collage for the topic and I really like it, yet here I sit at the library computer with no scan or photo of my collage on my flashdrive. Bummer. I’ll post it on Monday.

So, instead, you get more crayon collages! This time it’s fruity crayon colors. Enjoy but don’t eat the fruit. Click on the image to biggify.

 

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CYW – Wrap-up

This year Color Your World Challenge was a definite challenge for me. It wasn’t easy. First it took me months – to figure out what I wanted to do. All I knew was I wanted to use the actual crayons in making the art. The image that started the crayon melting, so to speak, was this image of President Obama’s hands:0112a-sepia

I was struck by the way he held them, calm and relaxed; but more than that, it was the color of his hands. A beautiful shade of sepia brown. After deciding on what I wanted to do, I spent many more months searching for 120 images that matched the crayon colors. All the time I was doing that I was contemplating how to melt the crayons and then, finally practicing it. After that I had to sketch all 120 images from the inspirations.

By the time I was ready to pour the melted crayons, it was mid-November and the challenge started January 1. The whole time-consuming process of melting crayons, pouring, letting the wax harden, remove it and repouring as necessary – then adding the outlines and finishing touches to photograph the images – by the time I got close to the end I was into mid-January still working on April’s images. And, I also had to make sure the Blogging A to Z challenge was ready to go!

I’m not complaining about anything – I put this pressure on myself – and I alone own it. And that’s okay because I’ve learned to be better organized, to force myself to make decisions sooner and to stay with the decisions I’ve made. I have a tendency to delay making final decisions and then change lanes mid-stream.

So next year, when I do it all over  again – I’m hoping it will run more smoothly – it should – I’ve already begun the images for next year. So whether JNW’s Challenge goes forward or not, I will still post my work in 2018!

Here are my favorite images from April:

 

And my favorite 4 images of the whole series, starting with #4.

 

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CYW 2017 – Crayon Art!!

I’m pouring melted crayons!! This color is Atomic Tangerine or Atomic Orange. I did a quick pencil sketch of my subject, then colored using the crayon. This color doesn’t have much pigment so you can barely see the coloring. I outlined it in orange Sharpie. Did a quick pour and its under the fan to dry faster.001

 

A new weapon/tool in my arsenal – a measuring spoon – perfect for small areas and easy to control. It’s a 1/4 tsp and metal so it can go in the oven for cleaning.003

 

I can tell after this first pour no pigment will be left by pouring and removing the crayon. Time to get out the brushes!004

 

Just to even things up I do another pour on the rest of the image. Is it a flower or something else??005

 

Cool tools–brushes, measuring tsp, fork, knife.006

 

Here I’ve used the large brush to apply the crayon. I can only do a few swipes before the crayon has to go back in the oven. It’s cold in my house so the crayon cools very quickly and becomes too thick to brush.008

 

Detail of brush strokes. 009

 

For added texture I used the knife to scrape off some crayon.010

 

 

I used a fork here to add texture to the center. So did you guess what the inspiration was. If you guessed flower, sorry, you were wrong!012

 

Here is the inspiration – a mango tart!!!!013

 

And my semi-finished product. I’ll be photographing the final image next week but you won’t see it until the challenge starts in about 2 weeks. Yikes!!! I only have 3 weeks of January finished – I’m way behind my schedule. Unfortunately I tend to live behind schedule!!014

CYW:2017 – it begins…

I started creating the melted crayon art this weekend. I’ll show you what I did then will tell you what I learned!

0361. the inspirational picture, color: Sunset Orange

037 2. rough pencil sketch

039 3. basic coloring in of sketch with the crayon

 

Then comes the melting!

050 4. First pour – I really liked the wax on the page like this. Too bad it won’t stay. If I were pouring on a harder surface (than white cardstock) I could lift it off in once piece once it totally cooled and then adhere with a strong adhesive. Nope! Too many colors to do and not enough time!

 

054 5. After the crayon wax has been removed. With some pours no pigment remains, just wax. Other pours the pigment is left behind. I haven’t figured out why yet but it makes for time-consuming  double and triple pours.

Ooops!

058 6. melted crayon everywhere!!

059 7. its on the carpet, too.

060 8. color: melon – over spill from pour and speckles from sunset orange accident.

Lessons learned:

  1. melting crayons is smelly work; keep fan on and window open; if you heat too fast and too long it smokes
  2. melted wax crayon doesn’t go where you want it to when you pour; use a guide or straight-edge!
  3. don’t move picture (if working on multiple colors at the same time) until the just poured wax has skinned over – use fan for quick cooling (see #6-8)
  4. this is very MESSY!
  5. keep cats away!

 

To Do List:

  1. figure out wax/pigment residue problem
  2. try to do one color a night to speed up process

I’ll keep you posted on my progress!!!

Cans, cans and more cans!

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It’s the first 45 washed and drying cans for the potentially 120+ I will need for my melted crayon art project!! I’ve already got two cuts on my fingers from the cans – it’s a good thing my tetanus shot is up-to-date! I really need the “Ove-Glove!”

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I am in the prepping stage of the project. I’ve found all my colors; solidified my vision and process; and am now finishing the prep work. I post later this week about the prep work I’m doing. This weekend my plan is do the first 5 colors; but we’ll see how it goes. I hoped to have all 120 finished before the challenge started January 1st but as it is almost December, I doubt I’ll fulfill that plan. So Plan B is to stay at least one month ahead, preferably 2 months as I’ve got the A to Z challenge in April to prep for as well!!! 

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Melted Crayons, part 3

Yesterday I showed the results of my melting crayons and what my general plan for the 120 Days of Color/Crayola challenge coming up in January 2017. Today, I have some cool art accidents with marbleized crayons!

marble-b red, yellow and blue crayons mixed

marble-cMarble over solid red. I’m liking this effect a lot!

 

marble-a This one is really cool with the orange and green mixed in – I didn’t stir the crayons together – they just mixed themselves as I poured.

marble-e But now with the wax removed – the colors are amazing!

marble-f I learned to be extra careful when removing crayon – it can get rather messy. Cool, but messy.

marble-g Yep, I really like this.

marble-dThis is that same puddle of orange and green from above – so cool!!! I can see having fun with marbling crayons in my future!!!!

 

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Color your World – 120 Days of Crayola 2017 (year 2)

Melted Crayons, part 2

Yesterday I told you how I came up with the decision to use a toaster oven to melt the crayons. Today I’ll show you some of the results. I’ll tell you now I’m not super happy with the end product but that means I just have more practice to do before I actually start the art itself.

melting-f This is the first thing I tried – just little drops of red wax on the paper.

melting-e This is the first mock-up of what my plan is – which is to take a photo (or collage of photos – magazine photos), match it with the same color crayon and go from there. In this case I had a black and white photo and poured red and then purple crayon around it. There’s also a puddle of marbleized crayon that I’ll show close up tomorrow.

result-a This is the second mock-up with the crayon matching the main color in the picture – sort of aquamarine blue. I liked it okay. But then I realized if I bent the paper the wax would flake off. So I took all the wax of and what did I find?

result-b The oily residue of the color – brighter than the melted crayon and I liked it!

result-c So I melted the chips again and poured them on top.

result-dMore bang for the buck and I get to use the crayons more than once! (By the way, this is a glitter crayon, in case you were wondering about the sparkle.)

result-f The final result of this day – I dribbled some wax drops on the picture itself – to mimic the rock in the water – but I didn’t peel this wax off (I did that on the earlier mock-up to yucky results). I really like the effect of pouring the wax, then removing it to leave the true essence of the color underneath. Now the next step is to improve my pouring technique!

 

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