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: Cotton Candy

This is the Color Your World Challenge for 2017 – 120 days of Crayola Crayon Colors! For more info on how to join in click on the badge at the bottom of the post!!!

Melted Cotton Candy crayon, button eyes, and outlined in black Sharpie.0409b

The Inspiration:0409a cotton candy

 

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CYW: Copper

This is the Color Your World Challenge for 2017 – 120 days of Crayola Crayon Colors! For more info on how to join in click on the badge at the bottom of the post!!!

 

Melted crayon Copper brushed directly on paper, some scraping for texturing; plastic decorative elements.0115-b

 

Inspiration:0115a-copper

 

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CYW: Burnt Orange

This is the Color Your World Challenge for 2017 – 120 days of Crayola Crayon Colors! For more info on how to join in click on the badge at the bottom of the post!!!

 

Melted crayon Burnt Orange first poured on then removed for residual pigment, then remelted and painted on with some scraping for texturing. Plastic flower pots/almonds, bucket and coneflower.0114-b

 

Inspiration:0114a-burnt-orange

 

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CYW: Orange

This is the Color Your World Challenge for 2017 – 120 days of Crayola Crayon Colors! For more info on how to join in click on the badge at the bottom of the post!!!

Melted crayon Orange first poured for residual pigment, then remelted and brushed on and finally scraped for texture. Plastic flowers throughout.0113-b

 

Inspiration:0113a-orange01-cyw-2017-january

CYW: Sepia

This is the Color Your World Challenge for 2017 – 120 days of Crayola Crayon Colors! For more info on how to join in click on the badge at the bottom of the post!!!

Melted crayon Sepia brushed on then scraped off with a fork & knife; plastic buttons on jacket cuffs; metal moon for ring.0112-b

 

Inspiration: This is the picture that started the whole project. I had been racking my brain for months on what type of art to create with actual crayons. When I was leafing through a news magazine one day I saw this photo of President Obama’s hands and BAM!!!!!! inspiration struck and that was it–I was done–I knew what I wanted to do (not how to do it, however). That said, I am sad to see President Obama leave office. 0112a-sepia

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CYW: Brown

This is the Color Your World Challenge for 2017 – 120 days of Crayola Crayon Colors! For more info on how to join in click on the badge at the bottom of the post!!!

Melted crayon Brown poured onto paper then removed leaving residual pigment; plastic flowers/spoon; music note/cherry; hearts/condensation drops; shells.0111-b

 

Inspiration:0111a-brown

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