Thursday, February 18, 2010

Crayon Prints

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...)

Make it a Wonderful Day!


  1. That looks like so much fun!! I'll have to give that a go with the girls. Crayons don't really get used here anymore so it will be a great use-them-up craft. Love the pictures you showed. That top one is so me, love rainbows.

  2. Wow.....I've never ever seen that one! And I've been around a while.