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Melted Crayon Art

Total cost: $8 (canvas and Crayola crayons)

Total time: 1 hour and a few minutes (from start to finish)

My friend Samantha needed a ride to Hobby Lobby to get some supplies for an art project she was doing…so I of course gave her a ride…and joined her in the adventure of doing the art project! Ours each turned out a bit differently, so I will be able to show you how to do it either way! The exciting things is that it will turn out different each time you do it!

The inspiration for this Melted Crayon Art project came from Pinterest…but as far as exactly how to do it, I used these websites…

I didn’t like the look of this one with the wrappers off the crayons.

This is another one with the wrappers off that I didn’t like.

I provided those links just in case you like them better with the wrappers off….you can go there for instructions! 

I LOVED the way this one looks.

Ok so here’s how we did it….

We used 58 crayons for each canvas. 

We used a 15×20 canvas

Start time: 9:30pm

The supplies you will need include:

  • Canvas (we bought a two pack at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon! Sign up for the weekly Hobby Lobby e-mails to get deals mailed to you each week!)
  • Crayola crayons (I only like Crayola) (We bought them at Wal-mart)
  • Hair dryer (we had two because we had 2 people)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper (enough to cover working surface)
  • Scotch tape (to tape the newspaper together when it starts flying everywhere from the hair dryers)
Let’s get started!
 1. Lay out the crayons in the pattern you want them!
This is the beginning of mine…
Lay them out lower than the top of the canvas so that when you go to glue them, you don’t have to move them out of the way!
Time check: 9:34pm

Samantha was struggling choosing a pattern…she ended up just choosing mine….it was good-looking!

2. Time to hot glue them on!
Time check: 9:42pm
Here’s the best technique for gluing…put a lot of glue in a few inches of space across the canvas and then put a few crayons over that place. WORK QUICKLY!
I didn’t glue them on straight because they weren’t all the exact same as far as where the wrappers were placed on the crayon…some had more sticking out at the top than others. So I staggered the crayons. But I did try to make sure that the side of the crayon that said “Crayola” was facing the top. 
I DON’T suggest doing them one at a time…it takes too long. Also, don’t put glue all the way across and then put the crayons on, because the glue will be dry by the time you get to it…
Time check: 9:49pm
3. Lay newspaper all over the floor (or whatever working space you are using. You will want to use something to lean the canvas against so it can stand upright at an angle…gravity will help the crayon art be created! We leaned them against the frame of my butterfly chair.

4. Melt the crayons! Turn the hair dryer on high and go across the crayons! Hold it it one spot to get it going. 

This is when I realized that the hair dryer was blowing the newspaper up and it was exposing the carpet on the floor…so I simply took the scotch tape and taped the newspaper down to itself so it would stay put!

Time check: 9:58pm
Time check: 10:02pm
Samantha was able to keep hers flowing straight down in lines by holding the hair dryer directly on the crayons. 
Time check: 10:03pm
Time check: 10:07pm
I held my hair dryer at more of an angle, which caused it to splash more, which is how I got the splash marks at the bottom of the canvas, and it’s also why my colors ran together. 
Time check: 10:12pm
Time check: 10:13pm
Time check: 10:30pm

My completed canvas!

Samantha’s completed canvas!
Time check: 10:32pm
And of course, it is necessary to clean up at the end….but that was fast and easy!
Time check: 10:34pm
And there you have it. A simple, cheap ($8) project! And it only takes an hour! Enjoy! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, and I will try my best to answer!

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The Flat Earth Society

Really??

So I’m doing my reading for my Philosophy class. It’s called Intro to Ethics. The class, not the reading. The reading is called Ethical Pluralism: Prima Facie Duties and Ethical Particularism. It’s SURPRISINGLY interesting. Here’s the paragraph that I just read…

Second, we should consider the possibility, in non-moral contexts, of finding ourselves without any support for a claim that we rightly continue to believe. For instance, there may be nothing you can say that will convince a member of the Flat Earth Society of his mistake; no way to convince someone who believes in vampires that he is wrong; no clear path to show a stubborn person that nothing really can be all pink and all blue at the same time. You may be justified in your beliefs even if you can’t always convince those who disagree with you. That holds for moral as well as for non-moral beliefs. 

Right after I read “a member of the Flat Earth Society” I stopped reading…pondered…and then finished the paragraph. I then went to Google and searched “Flat Earth Society” (http://bit.ly/zoD6Ns)…because I cannot fathom the fact that people TODAY believe that the earth is FLAT. I went to their website (http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/index.php) and looked around…I went to the About the Society page and read it all…it said that they discuss the theory…it didn’t say they believed it. It also talked about the guy who came up with the Flat Earth Society. But didn’t tell me that they ACTUALLY BELIEVE THE EARTH IS FLAT. So I kept looking around their website. They have t-shirts! http://theflatearthsociety.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=51&Itemid=69 And I kinda want one. Not because I believe the earth is flat. But because I love that there IS IN EXISTENCE a Flat Earth Society. 

I kept searching their website, and came across this…..”This website is dedicated to unraveling the true mysteries of the universe and demonstrating that the earth is flat and that Round Earth doctrine is little more than an elaborate hoax.”

And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen, flamingos and goats. Some people ACTUALLY BELIEVE THAT THE EARTH IS FLAT. 

Hey, I have yet to walk 36o degrees around the globe to prove that is is really 3D…but I believe it nonetheless. And I thought everyone nowadays did….just does to show that…that….I don’t even know what it shows. 

INTERESTING.

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