While melted crayon stained glass window drawings is a very long title, it aptly describes what this art activity is about.
We used melted crayons to create our versions of stained glass window drawings. When the light shines through them, the drawings appear to glow and the colours shine brighter.
Our sincere thanks to The Artful Parent from whom we learnt about this art process. There are some truly inspiring ideas on this website … a definite place to visit over and over again!
Materials Needed to Make Melted Crayon Stained Glass Window Drawings
- Paper (we used plain A4 paper – the sort available from any office supply store)
- A warming tray, baking trays & an oven OR an electric frying pan
- Cooking oil
How to Make Melted Crayon Stained Glass Window Drawings
We started by using permanent markers to create designs on the paper. The idea was to use the pens to represent the black lines which are often featured in stained glass windows.
Next, we moved on to adding colour by drawing with crayon. The paper was positioned on top of a hot surface which melted the crayon as it was drawn with.
As we don’t have a warming tray, we first tried using baking trays which we’d warmed in a low oven. The trays were placed on towels to protect the table surface.
This worked well for a few minutes but we found that the trays cooled quickly which meant the crayons no longer melted. I ended up running back and forwards to the oven to replace cold trays with hot ones.
As the stopping and starting, coming and going, wasn’t working for us, it was time to come up with a different idea.
Out came an old electric frying pan which proved to work perfectly. We turned the pan on to the lowest temperature possible – so that it just turned on. This provided enough heat to work with but not so hot as to burn.
As a safety precaution, we rolled up a large towel and laid it over the front edge of the pan so that the boys could draw without worrying about coming in contact with any hot surface. On a cold day, the warmth and softness seemed to be an added luxury which the boys enjoyed.
After a few changes in our basic set up, it was back to drawing and creating again without the hassles of changing trays. Hooray.
If you haven’t tried drawing with crayons on a hot surface, you really need to. The way the crayon slips across the surface of the paper leaving a rich trail of colour is something that is so pleasant, you’ll actually get lost in the process of ‘mark-making’ so that the end result takes second place. It’s a really enjoyable art activity.
Our youngest was more than happy to sit there for ages melting crayons. To tell the truth, so was I!
Once the drawings were finished, we painted them with cooking oil. This helped the paper to take on a transparent quality, allowing the light to glow through it.
Finally, the pictures were stuck to the window. The oil on the paper held the pictures on the window surface so that no tape was needed.
Our Finished Melted Crayon Stained Glass Window Drawings
Once again, I’m biased! I love the drawings the boys created!
When this photo was taken, half the pictures were already in the shade as the sun was low in the sky. However, you can see the difference between the pictures in full sun and those in the shade. The ones in the sun seem to glow.
I can see drawing with melted crayons is going to be a big feature in our art for some time to come. All we need to do now is to replenish our crayon supplies which are quickly depleting.
If you haven’t tried drawing with melted crayon yet, I’m sure you’ll love it. Let us know how you go.
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