Friday, November 11, 2011

AEDM - Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of Art Every Day Month!
Day 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, & 10.

I've seen several melted crayon mobiles around Pinterest and just couldn't resist giving it a whirl.

I picked out my color palette and shaved the crayons with a utility knife over a piece of wax paper.

I spread the shavings around to separate them, laid another piece of wax paper on top, and folded the edges in to keep the contents inside the "envelope". I used an iron on the low setting to melt the shavings and work them around the paper until completely melted. 

Once cool, I drew butterflies on top of the wax paper and cut them out. I punched a small hole in the top of each butterfly and pulled a thread through the holes. I had decided to use four strands and limited the number of butterflies per strand, but they also look really cute with tons of butterflies. It helps to add a knot under each butterfly to keep them in place. Once your strands are complete tie each strand to an embroidery hoop. I tied the thread in a cross pattern over the top of the hoop to make hanging easier. Also, I used DMC embroidery floss which may not have been the best idea because my knots kept trying to untie (a drop of hot glue fixed that!). It also helps to sink a counterweight on the hoop due to one side having the tightening doodad. I decided to live with the crookedness. :-)

Hang near a window so the sun can catch the beautiful colors.

P.S. I added a couple new prints to my Etsy shop.


Dave said...

Wow! they look great! It was so good to see the process as well, I've never seen these before.

SandraH said...

What a lovely idea, I love butterflies!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful idea and your butterflies are beautiful :).
Stay inspired!

Amanda Trought said...

This is great, I love them they look so cute, glad i stopped by, stay blessed. Amanda

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Lynn Richards said...

Nice!! I have never thought of cutting out shapes from the melted crayon. It's a great idea.

April Cole said...

Fantastic... so creative.
Love these butterflies, Amanda. :]
Great work *hugs*

Nigel said...

What a stunning idea. I may have to pinch it ;)

Tracey Fletcher KIng said...

I am blown away by these and love the process.... thinking I have to give this a try... can just see a window full of teapots and cups.... thanks for the inspiration xx

Artist and Garden Designer... said...

You are simply AMAZING!!! xxoo

Sarah Anderson said...

oooo this is a great idea! Gorgeous butterflies