Crayon Paintbrush

Today’s project was born out of stress. It’s been a while since I’ve felt the need to create something to let out frustration and stress… lately most of my projects have been brought out of love and need for creation. I’m going to blame it on yoga focusing my mind, but this week I needed a craft that destroyed something. So I decided to do a craft I’ve had on my list for a while.

I used:

A canvas
Permanent marker
Crayons (unwrapped)
Hot glue gun
Embossing heat gun

A while back, I found all of my old crayons and searched on Pinterest some ideas to use them up. I had pinned this one image of a sketched paintbrush with crayons melted on it making it come to life. This felt perfect for what I needed. I started by sketching out my paintbrush with a pencil before tracing it with permanent marker.

When I had my paintbrush drawn how I wanted it to look, it was time to pick out my crayons. I chose enough to fit the paintbrush with small even spacing. I didn’t put much thought into the colors I chose, I just picked ones that spoke to me and laid them out how I thought they’d melt together well. Since the brush I drew bent a little bit, I snapped the crayons in half to help them fit better and hot glued them carefully on the canvas.

Now that the crayons were positioned, I used my heat gun to CAREFULLY melt the crayons and spread the wax down the canvas. I did try to shave some of the black crayon onto the canvas so I could melt them into splatters… but the heat gun blew them around instead of melting them. So I held a crayon and let the heat gun melt drips onto the canvas, then let the heat shape them gently.

This isn’t my most creative or extensive craft, but it felt good to take the time to myself and destroy something to make a beautiful image. I have no clue what I’ll do with this, but that’s not the point of creating. 😊 As always, if you take any fun pictures or videos, tag me on Instagram @SmileMakePeopleWonder and use the hashtag #DandelionSmiles. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on the next exciting idea.

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