I am always drawn to miniature items. When I saw the mini (3 inch) canvases at Consumer Crafts, I knew I had to do something with them! Today I want to share with you a quick, easy and colorful project, one that you could easily enlist the help of children for. Mini Butterfly Crayon Art Canvases!
(I made these for my daughter’s room, but now I kind-of want to keep them for myself!)
Supplies needed to make your own mini butterfly crayon art canvases:
Three (3) Studio 71 3×3 inch Mini Canvases (white) (These come in groups of three when you order them at ConsumerCrafts.)
Queen & Co. Bling Pearls (white)
Core’dinations Cardstock (white)
Studio 71 Wooden Mini Easel (optional)
The first thing you need to decide is your color palette. I chose the whole rainbow! I split the spectrum into three sections: Red/Orange, Yellow/Green, and Blue/Purple. I found it worked well to use 3-4 colors per canvas to get a good variety of color.
Peel back and discard the paper on the crayons you wish to use.
Place a piece of scrap paper underneath your canvas, to keep your work space clean.
Here we go!
Hold your heat gun over the top of the tip of your crayon, and allow it to start to melt.
Keep in mind, the heat from the heat gun will keep the crayon on the canvas liquid, and the drops on the canvas will spread.
Add additional colors as desired.
Keep adding color, and let the colors mix and swirl.
Let the canvas dry, and the crayons harden.
Then you can add color splatters to the canvas.
Heat the crayon away from the finished canvas. This will keep the color already on the canvas from re-melting.
When the crayon starts dripping, hold the dripping crayon over the canvas, tap it, and allow it to splatter!
Are you having fun yet?
Using white Core’dinations cardstock, and a large butterfly punch, punch two butterflies per canvas.
(I would like to thank my eight year old daughter Mikayla, for assisting me. She was my photographer, and the hand-model in the next photo.)
(We both clearly need manicures!)
(Designer note: make sure your working area is free from stray crayon residue, or you will be punching a bunch of extra white butterflies to replace the ones that inadvertently got colored while you worked on them. Just saying.)
Add a strip of adhesive Bling pearls down the center of the butterfly body.
Trim those pearl spray antennas as desired.
You can choose to display your creative, artistic, FABULOUS crayon art canvases on easels:
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).