Craft Sabbatical: Crayon Painting for Adults!

Now, I’ve seen this going around Pintrest like crazy, and I don’t want to be a copycat, but I really wanted to try it. I love to paint, so it should be interesting dealing with a different type of medium…SO I’m going to try it!

Canvas to paint overI started with a canvas that has been painted over 3 times already. I figured this will add some good texture for the exposed parts where crayon won’t be. Plus, this canvas needed to be covered…

Paint it white! Gesso your canvas so you have a good starting point. I was out of Gesso, so I used white Primer. If it can primer my wall, then I think it will work fine.

Crayons The HB really wanted to be a part of this one, so he bought crayons. He did good choosing a cheaper brand. More waxy = melting better.

Laying out Crayons I laid out the crayons to get an idea of what we wanted to do. I didn’t want to make a rainbow and truth be told, I don’t like red or pink, so I cut those colors out.

it's melting! We started the heating process with a blow dryer. It melted the quickest but was hard to control, so we added in an iron.


The iron worked great. But you have to hold it there for about 15 to 20 minutes. That’s a long time to hold something perfectly still! Brian was the master of getting it centimeters away without hitting the crayons…

Gloopy Mess

Once the wax was mostly out of the crayon wrapper, I hit it with the blowdryer to thin it out and sent it the direction I wanted.

Next Color We then attached the next batch of color with the hot glue gun. We also decided to add a balloon. Brian loves balloons! We made the balloon out of black paper tape.

Hold that iron close! We are still debating whether to peel the balloon off so it’s white or to leave it black, but either way, that’s our creation! Thoughts?

Paintings are a great way to cover electrical boxes that are ALWAYS awkwardly placed in apartments!