"Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up."
We have a shoebox of crayons that sits unused amidst the glamorous art materials. The pastels and neocolors, even the sidewalk chalk yield more interest than the crayons. It's a really big box of crayons, contents of so many boxes graciously given to the children over the years.
In my never-ending losing battle quest to use these crayons artistically, I found a fun project at The Artful Parent that involves crayons and hot cookie sheets, which lead to several creative experiments! We used the idea as inspiration but went on a tangent. We drew mandalas on tracing paper and melted them.
my daughter's drawing after melting
I heated two baking sheets to 350 degrees F and took them out of the oven and placed the mandalas on the hot metal. The crayon melted instantly - it gets shiny for a few seconds. But it didn't spread, so it doesn't look much different! They are more translucent in the melted spots, so they could indeed be suncatchers with more crayon work. So I put them in the oven for 5 minutes, same result.
my daughter drew swirlies at the end
my drawing melting in the oven
After taking them out of the oven, my younger daughter *carefully* drew squiggles in blue around my mandala while it sat on the cookie sheet. There's a dreamy flow of melty crayons onto the page, but I'm just not a fan of working with super hot stuff.
With experiments, I like to refine, add a twist, change a factor, brainstorm how to improve the result...
Off on another tangent, I wondered how Neocolor II's would react to heat. So I drew two quick and colorful mandalas in Neocolors on watercolor paper.
One went in the oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. I sprayed it with water every 5 minutes
my drawing after baking
action shot: in the oven
The other went out to the back porch to enjoy intense 98 degree sun for an hour. I sprayed it with water after 1/2 hour.
Wrap-up... two experiments with great potential and hopes for vivid, melting color... didn't pan out. I might just try spraying the neos with water, without heat. That, my dears, is what experiments are all about. With each experiment, you learn something, you think of new tangents for your experiments, new uses for your art supplies, new tactics.