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Melted Crayons Abstract Art

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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.)

grated crayon art

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!

melted crayon art 5

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.

melted heated crayon art

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.

melted grated ironed crayon

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.

ironed crayon abstract art

Never mind – I drew some outlines around the melted crayon on the top sheet, which seemed to me like an under-water scene!

ironed crayon abstract art

Another view:

melted crayon underwater 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!

melted crayon ink blot type art

It looked like a monster frog to me. I drew some elements to it – claws, eyes, limbs, tail…

ink blot type art with melted crayon

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…

Also, check out these (you’ll find ideas to do for 15th August – Independence Day)

Leaf Crayon Rubbings 

Artful Printing with Leaves

Do you have any other ideas to do with crayons? Pls share…

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  • himadri August 10, 2012, 4:00 pm

    thanks for reminding me this technique………for past two days we hav been doing melting crayons in the house and mishu keeps asking for more. he hates crayons….yes hates. only thing he likes to do with crayons is melting. i am ok with that:)))))) we will be trying this one too…we did this loooooong time back and i am sure he doesnt remember it now. I am showing ur pics to him these days so he’s started recognizing “pari didi” :))))))))))) I love artful parent now more….he he….with my plans of doing some business my art i am looking for other’s ideas instaed of putting pressure on my own brain…..Beause artful parent has a organized directory now i feel releaved. :))))))))

  • Ashu August 10, 2012, 6:12 pm

    Rashmie lovely art project by Pari,coincidently i was melting crayons with K to have fun for creating some art last week itself .This is wonderful idea and safe one too for kids to try under supervision…I wil redo my crayons melting.

  • Carla August 12, 2012, 6:45 am

    How fun! Love how they turned out, especially the monster frog!

  • mirela August 17, 2012, 1:45 am

    great idea and great technique…i’m thinking to try a butterfly using the same technique you used with the monster frog :)
    thank you :)

  • Caca December 1, 2013, 11:56 pm


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