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Thursday, February 18, 2010
While not a new idea, this is a fun process for printmaking. The electric pan or griddle is heated to a low temperature after being covered with foil.
The artist draws with crayon on the warmed foil. (With lots of supervision and reminders not to touch the pan!!)
A print is made by placing paper over the melted crayon and then pressing evenly with a brayer or back of a wooden spoon.
We did ours on circles of paper- trace around CD, cut out, and print.
The results are a bit tie-dye looking. More crayon equals more color! And more crayon also means a smooth, unique surface that feels neat too. But the fluidity of the crayons makes for some unpredictability-some kids really loved that aspect, others wanted more control.
Another way to do this is to put the paper down in the pan and draw on the paper- the heat melts the crayon, but because you aren't pressing it to make a print, the crayon stays put for a more controlled result.
Or, as an alternative to painted papers, cut the crayon-printed papers into bits for a collaged piece. (This quick flower collage is glued to a wrinkled/ironed grocery sack leftover from our Aussie Animal paintings...)