Recently I have become the Lucille Ball of Pinterest. All of the projects I try seem go the route of the conveyer belt in the candy factory. Remember Lucy and Ethel completely losing mastery over their candy wrapping skills and resorting to stuffing candy in their hats and mouths to hide their ineptitude from their supervisor? Lately, that is me and anything from Pinterest.
Last night was girls night here at the house. Daughter #2 was ready to tackle a project. Rather than spending money I thought we would do something that required only supplies we had on hand. People are always giving me crayons to use with the kids at church despite the fact that the kids at church much prefer markers. So, I knew there was a whole basket of superfluous crayons that had just last week been left in my mudroom. Pinterest has no shortage of crayon using ideas.
We settled on tiles that Polly over at Helping Little Hands calls “love letters” because she made tiles to spell out “love”. All Polly did was take a white tile, pencil the outline of the letter she wanted to feature on each tile, and dab the remainder of the tile with the melted end of a crayon. Simple. Beautiful. A box of plain white tiles was left in the house by the previous owners so we had all the supplies we needed. We were in.
We each settled down with a tile and a plan. Rather than make a word we would each do a monogram tile for ourselves or a friend. I used a letter stencil that I had on hand, Daughter #1 printed her letter in a large font she liked on the computer and Daughter #2 outlined her letter free hand. We choose our color families and removed the paper from the crayons. Then each of us fired up a candle and set to work.
I melted a dusty pink crayon end and my very first “dab” stuck fast to the tile. It did not budge when I tried to remove it. I had a lovely white tile with a dusty rose handle. When I finally was able to chisel it away from the tile absolutely no pinkness remained on the tile. I think I chose a bum crayon, an off brand. I tried again using both Rose Art and Crayola brands and had no further problems.
The process is very forgiving. Get some crayon wax where you did not want it on the tile and you can simply scrape it away. It can be messy working with drippy wax though so we found it helpful to have a rag covering our work space.
We popped in a movie and for two solid hours we pounced melted crayons onto ceramic tile. We also laughed until we cried and generally enjoyed each other’s company. By the end of the night, our art making had deteriorated into rearranging our finished tiles into dubious words that would probably be accepted on Words with Friends.
Tonight we are going to make more!
Sharing with Mama Kat who urged this week, “Time to get crafty”. Saturday night I was reading Funk Junk Interiors and on a whim linked up there. And then again at Wow Us Wednesdays and House of Hepworths.