Before I say anything, I would like to thank KickThePJ for the inspiration to do this. Here is the link to his adorable and whimsical tutorial on how to make one of these masterpieces: [link]
Now that I've done that, let me tell about this "magical rainbow adventure."
I originally planned to do this over the summer, so sometime back then I stripped and hot glued a crayon rainbow onto canvas and then set it aside until I could think of a cute drawing to put on the bottom. I was thinking maybe a black silhouette or a chibi Rosie holding a umbrella over chibi me, like how PJ did. But after watching My Neighbor, Totoro, I realized that a little Totoro from the rain scene in the corner is perfect! Original, cute, and adds to the personality of the piece.
So I spent most of this week sketching out the Totoro using different references, transferring it to another paper, lining it, and finally gluing onto cardstock. It was Thursday when I finally sat down in the garage with my hairdryer and melted those crayons. I've read that it takes about an hour or two, but man it took me almost six hours to get to the point where I pleased and stopped. I had to work backwards because the crayons liked splattering towards the left and disturbing the rainbow gradient, and it took nearly forever to get the wax to drip down the the bottom half of the canvas. Although I wanted a drippy, thick crayon melt, I got an almost watercolor-like piece with little texture. I blame the fact that I found out my hair dryer had a High setting, and using that made the wax run really thin. But it worked quicker than using the Low setting the entire time!
The final piece needed a lot
of touch ups afterwards. The splattering made it look a little dirty so I cleaned it up with white acrylic paint and made some of the drips a little longer. Some colors in particular *shifty eyes* you know who you are
refused to melt right, and were attacked by the other colors so it ended up all muddy and ugly. So I may have cheated a little bit with paint, but I managed to do a good enough job that you can't tell at all. The last touch was hot gluing the Totoro to the canvas, and he covered up some awkward drips without warping or anything. And this is the final result!
So you can see I had a long magical adventure, but the project came out like I imagined it would. Maybe even better after the touch ups! Now I'm wondering if I'll ever have the motivation or patience to do this again... I certainly have the experience!
Hope you guys like it! And if you have any crayon melting questions, I'd be more than happy to help!
Art (c) Me
Totoro (c) Studio Ghibli
Done with a (insert dimensions here) canvas and Crayola crayons, a 64 pack and a 12 pack. Totoro lined with Micron pens.