Recently in these high school years many fun (aka entertaining and amusing) ideas, activities, projects, and possibly even pranks (that I have yet to pull) have been introduced to me by a lot of “hipster friends” (*thanks guys*). Because I’m such a great person, I’m going to share some of these ideas with you. Note: It took me a long time to do this post, so I’m leaving this as part one. Below I have the materials and procedures for Crayon Drip Art and Book Boxes.
*Note: none of these pictures below are not mine, they belong to their respective owners. I linked the image to their original owners. (Give them a visit) 😀
Crayon Art: Welcome to the incredible world of crayons.
Basic Materials List:
– Canvas -> any size should do, just estimate how many crayons you’re going to use and how the placement is
– Crayons -> I recommend getting them near the start of the school year when they’re significantly cheaper. You can either buy several boxes of the same colors and just line them up in any way/order you want or get the boxes of around 50 crayons.
– A heat gun -> A blow dryer works too, however it may take hours if you intend to melt everything and make it drip.
– (Optional) A blow dryer -> Some people can just melt and maneuver the drops with just the heat gun (especially if they’re just dripping a rainbow pattern), but if you want to move the melted crayon drops around, a blow dryer is recommended.
– A hot glue gun -> to stick the crayons on the canvas. Tape also works if you plan on removing the crayons afterwards.
– A cardboard or newspaper -> just to catch the run-off
– (Optional) A picture -> You can lay a picture on the canvas or you can draw your own first. (Explain more in steps)
– (Optional) Masking Tape -> You can use the tape to make images or shapes (peel off tape after the crayons drip so it will be white wherever you had the tape.) This is also used if you have a picture on the canvas and so you tape the saran wrap over the image and tape it down.
– (Optional) Saran Wrap -> To protect your picture or image
-(Optional) X-Acto Knife -> this is just to cut the masking tape exactly and/or to peel the paper off the crayons
Steps: **The procedure itself is rather self-explanatory and can be modified in anyway you wish. There will be a modified procedure below… but it may sacrifice a glue gun.
1. Get all the materials listed above
2. Sort out all the crayons and play around with the placement. (Recommend the simple rainbow project for first-timers)
– (advanced step): either draw something or tape down a pattern you want. If you drew something you don’t want crayons to drip over, make sure to cover it with tape and saran wrap.
3. Hot glue or tape, if you don’t want the crayons to be part of the final picture, down the crayons to the canvas.
5. Protect the area from crayon drops using the cardboard or newspaper. Beware the range that the droplets can fly… protect the work area well!
5. Fire up the heat gun and start melting! Use the blow dryer if you feel it necessary/want to.
– (advanced): remove the tape and saran wrap when it’s all dry
6. Clean up and post a picture of your results!
Instead of gluing down the crayons and using a heat gun, some people just prefer to load crayons (that you will probably have to trim) directly into the glue gun. This way, you can squirt it onto the canvas anyway you choose.
Some of you may have seen these things on Pintrest and other social medias, but in case you haven’t seen one, here are some examples:
Using Masking Tape for Letter-Making
Other Amazing Designs
Relatively Simple, But Killer Design
Book Boxes: **This project may be hard for some people to do, not because it’s hard skill-wise, it just kills book-nerds to have to destroy a book. But hey, on the bright side, you get to transform it into something really useful!
– A hard-cover book -> the cooler the design, the better. Size doesn’t matter when it comes to book boxes, it just depends on what you want to put in it. Thicker books take longer to make, but they might be more sturdy and hold more.
– Saran Wrap -> to wrap the first page or first few pages
– Binding (clasp of some sort)-> it will keep everything from falling out
– Glue -> of course liquid glue, which you will water down until it is easy enough to spread with a paint brush. Tacky glue is recommended.
– A Bowl or container -> mix and contain the watered down glue
– Newspaper -> to prevent messes
– Paint Brush -> large enough to apply the paint easily and generously, typically easier with semi-hard bristles
– Something Heavy and Flat -> to press down and make sure things are glued well
– X-acto Knife -> need it to cut out the pages
– A pencil and maybe a ruler -> to measure out the side lengths and make it straight
1. Lay out all the materials on a table
2. Open your book and (turn to page 394, just kidding) turn a couple pages in to decide where you want to have loose pages and add in the next page and saran wrap them. (so if I wanted the book’s outside cover and one loose, turn-able page at the end of the project, I’d saran wrap 2 pages. I’ll explain later)
3. Water down your glue to a consistency that’s still sticky but will spread evenly using a paint brush.
4. Close the book and “paint” the sides with glue. Put the weight on top and wait until it dries. (it should take 20-30 minutes depending on how much glue and what kind of glue you use.
5. Open the book and make sure it’s dry enough for this step: measure about 1/2 an inch into the book on all sides and draw a box (to hollow out the book).
6. Use the X-acto knife to cut out the pages CAREFULLY all the way until the last few pages or back cover (I like leaving a few pages). It’s quite a chunk of time dedicated to this and you have to try to be careful and make them straight, but you’ll be done before you know it!
7. Remove all the loose bits from your cuts and apply a coating or two of glue on the inside of the rectangle cut-out.
8. Now add some glue to the top of the box.
9. You can take the saran wrap off now and move the extra page onto the hollowed out “chunk,” press on it lightly against the “already glued chunk.”
10. Close the book and wait for it to dry again. (15-30 min)
11. Open it up and the hole should be sealed by the extra page from before. Take out the X-Acto knife and cut the same rectangle out of that page, best to hold the edges while cutting.
12. Let the book dry completely, preferably opened.
**A/N: I named this part one because there’s more things I have to share, it just takes way too long to think about and write these tutorials… So I’ll probably update and up to part two… and on? I don’t know, depends on my summer schedule and how much I feel like blogging…