Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Melted Crayon Resist On Wood

 We were very busy (no pun intended) over spring break. But the most successful, fun and cool art project has to be the wooden art planks! I got the idea from The Artful Parent. She used wooden blocks and since we didn't have blocks, we used the wooden pieces we did have (there is a house being built on the lot next door so we raided the dumpster ;) She also does this activity on rocks which we will also be giving a try. 

What you need:
- wood pieces 
- crayons (we also used oil pastels)
- liquid water colors

What to do:
1. Heat the wood pieces in the oven on a cookie sheet - 350 degrees until hot
2. Once hot, take the wood pieces out and place them on a towel to protect the table
3. Draw on the wood. The crayons will melt as you draw! We found that the oil pastels
actually worked better because the colors were richer and the resist was better as well.
4. After your drawings are finished, paint over the drawings.
The watercolor resist worked really well and looked great! 
Drawing on the hot wood


after the watercolor was applied

Busy did a fantastic job with this project! The one on the right ^ is my favorite!! 
This is one that Mo (aka the artistic grandmother) did taking
advantage of the knot hole in the wood. 

The backside of Mo's art piece from above

Then I did a test piece to see what watercolors
looked best with various oil pastel colors.

This was a GREAT project!! The wood didn't get too hot for Busy to handle while drawing and Beansie could do it as well. I may not let him do the hot rocks since the rocks will get a lot hotter, but we shall see. 



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