We’ve been experimenting with mixed material paintings the last few weeks, and my favorite combination has been paint (usually acrylic for crafts) and melted crayons.
To create an abstract carrot, we first painted some white canvases with orange paint. Cicily probably had the most fun with this part because she could use a brush all by herself and create different paint strokes covering the canvas.
Then, we took a bright green crayon and melted it together with a hair dryer. The heat from the blow dryer melted the crayon and splattered the green crayon onto the canvas. She enjoyed watching the crayon splat everywhere and giggled while we covered the top left corner.
Follow these few steps below to make your own “Carrot Silhouette Spring Paintings.”
What you need:
- White canvas
- Orange acrylic paint + brush
- Green crayon
- Hair blow dryer
- Cardstock paper
- Hot glue gun (or Scotch tape)
- Scissors or Exacto knife
Step 1 – Take a plain white canvas and let your child paint across the entire canvas with orange paint. Allow paint to dry.
Step 2 – Take the green crayon and remove the paper wrapper. Using the heat setting on the hair dryer, hold the green crayon a few inches away from the top left corner of the canvas. Point the hair dryer towards the canvas and the crayon will splatter over the canvas as it melts. Help your child with this step as the melted wax and hair dryer can be hot!
Step 3 – Place the cardstock of your choice over the canvas. Cut the cardstock so that the canvas is completely covered.
Step 4 – Trace a carrot shape onto the cardstock. Help your child cut this shape out using scissors. If you have difficulty, you may want to use an exacto knife.
Step 5 – Carefully hot glue or tape the cardstock to the canvas to reveal the silhouette of the carrot painting.
Don’t forget to have your child sign and date the back of this masterpiece! I love this painting we made together and it’s one spring decoration that will make an appearance year after year.