Pinterest Fail: Melted Crayon Art

melted crayon art

inspiration: avant garde melted crayon art by momtastic

I love Pinterest, but you have to admit there is a strong element of “Buyer Beware” involved in some of the inspirational images. Some craft ideas look awesome but are expertly photographed and performed by professional artisans, but when I attempt them, it becomes evident that I am incompetent.

I recently attempted a hula hoop rug project, with disastrous results. Twice.

Today I’d like to talk to you about a different project:

Avant Garde Melted Crayon Art

Fail, by Anonyvox

Here’s one Junior Vox and I tried this weekend: canvases “painted” by shaving crayons onto them, which are then gently ironed while protected with a sheet of wax paper.

See how the one in the picture looks like some kind of cool batik fabric? Ours don’t look anything at all like that. I have no idea how they got that effect; ours look like your seat covers after you’ve had a box of crayons sitting in the car on a hot summer day, where the greenhouse effect causes the inside temperature to get to 450 degrees. It’s a big, waxy blob.

melted crayon art fail

I am still having a ball with Pinterest in my life. It’s better to try and fail than never try at all, right? And whether anyone reads them or not, I do re-pin the projects I have tried and have given them a review. Maybe that’ll help weed out the failures–I don’t know.

melted crayon art fail nailed it

5 Responses to Pinterest Fail: Melted Crayon Art

  1. Shannon says:

    Thanks so much for this website. It makes me feel so much better about my own craft fails.

  2. Lynn says:

    I think the melted effect doesnt look the same because its like marblizing. The paper is folded or scrunched then pulled away. I would try scrunching it and then heating it and pulling it away from the canvas after it has cooled down some.

  3. Lana says:

    I also tried the hula hoop rug, twice. The first time it didn’t work at all. Spent some time pondering what went wrong, then undid it all and tried again. This time it worked. I think the secret was to NOT PULL tight while weaving, but to push it tightly into the center. Don’t give up until you try it again!

  4. Tiffany says:

    I think they “cut” a lot of the crayon art down,to remove the edges.

  5. Constanza says:

    OMG I can’t stop laughing at this! Ive made tons of Pinterest cooking fails can I send those in hahahaha?

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