Crayons can be truly ingenius art material if you let your imagination run wild and whacky! It’s much much more than merely a way to colour for toddlers…
Recently, when in Simla, we Pari and I used crayons in a very fun way – by grating the crayons and then melting them. I’d spotted this technique at the Artful Parent couple of years back and it stayed on my mind.
In our hotel room in the evening, when we were done with reading and television and ginger tea….Ah, ginger tea – that’s what inspired this art or made me remember this technique that I’d seen such a long time back.
You see, I’m addicted to my ginger tea. And when traveling or in hotel rooms, not having my ind of tea leaves me less than satisfied.
So, along went a sleek grater, some ginger and a tiny weeny strainer. I would grate the ginger and add it to a cup of boiling water (every hotel room has a kettle). Let it simmer for sometime and then strain. Add the milk powder, sugar and tea bag and Ta Da!
So, check out how this grater was used to make abstract crayon art in different ways…
The grated crayon art story continues from here….
All we needed was a small packet of wax crayons, grater, thick sheets of paper, wax paper (good to have, but we didn’t have then), iron. (really sorry about the yellow light in these photos. I should have changed the white balance, which didn’t occur to me in the beginning. The excitement of getting started makes me dizzy! But, I did that later on and the next few photos are okay.)
So, first Pari took a go at grating the crayons. She used different colours and all the while grinning from ear to ear! You see anything that has a c0oking-like feel (grating, chopping..) is heavenly for her.
Once grated, we moved the sheet to the iron board (yes, there was one in our hotel room). We placed one blank sheet over it and Pari ironed over it gently (it should be comfortably warm).
If you have wax paper, it’s better to use that instead of the paper sheet on top because a lot of colour will stick to that paper.
And this is how it turned out – a work of abstract art. Gorgeous! Isn’t it!
The effect makes me think of those wiggly wobbly worms, which we spotted in plenty during the nature walks in Shimla and Chindi.
Pari went on to make couple more.
All the time, I was itching to make some myself.
So, here I go…
I wanted to see if I could make a deliberate painting with this technique.
So, I sketched some leaves etc. Grated the crayons over the shapes and then ironed.
It was not quite what I expected…
The sheet on top collected more melted crayon than the one on which I’d actually grated on.
Never mind – I drew some outlines around the melted crayon on the top sheet, which seemed to me like an under-water scene!
A closer look:
Next up – an Ink-Blot type art. I took another sheet (this one was thinner as we’d run out of the thick sheets), grated crayons in two or three colours.
And – folded the sheet in half. I ironed the folded sheet. And when I opened – voila – what a revelation!
It looked like a monster frog to me. I drew some elements to it – claws, eyes, limbs, tail…
I can tell you- this one was really fun.
I can see Pari and myself doing much more of these melted crayon art.
This time, we’ll use the fabric crayons and make some on T shirts etc. I can’t wait to try…
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Do you have any other ideas to do with crayons? Pls share…