August is here. For hockey fans that means more hot temperatures and more time to kill before the puck officially drops for the 2013-14 season. If you're a passionate fan, odds are you're craving hockey pretty badly right about now.
Consider channeling some of that passion into a summer art project. Gregg Zimmer, friend of the blog and big Blues fan, took the trendy idea of crayon art and gave it a blue and yellow spin. The end result is easy to do at home and an extremely creative way to show off your love for the Blues.
Big thanks to Gregg for writing up a detailed list of instructions and providing some terrific pictures. I edited his list a bit and added in some additional comments, but Gregg provided the bulk of what you see below. He based his concept off of one he found here. He added that if you have questions, feel free to email him at grzimmer14[at]gmail.com or contact him on Twitter @GRZimmer14STLB.
Items You'll Need
- A white canvas (Gregg got his at Hobby Lobby)
- A bunch of crayons (He went with Crayola. Need a lot for all the blues and yellows)
- Hot glue gun
- Hair dryer
- Contact paper (Also from Hobby Lobby)
1. Lay out how you want the crayons on the top of the canvas. Arrange them so they're all pointing down. Gregg placed some lights together next to one or two dark colors. Sometimes the dark colors drown out the light colors, so it's good to have some lights together.
2. After the crayons are arranged, glue the blue ones to the canvas with the hot glue gun. Do NOT glue the yellow crayons at this time, but keep them in their respective positions. The idea is that you want to glue (and eventually melt) the blue crayons first. If you do both colors at the same time you'll end up with a green mess. No one wants that.
3. After you glue the blue crayons, let it dry for 15-20 minutes.
4. Make the Blue Note cut-out out of contact paper. Gregg had an autographed cardboard Blue Note he used to trace the Blue Note on the contact paper. You can find a logo online, print it out and then use that to trace on the contact paper. NOTE – You must trace the Blue Note backwards on the contact paper. If you're familiar with how contact paper works, this will make sense. Take Gregg's word on it. You'll have to trace and cut out a new logo if you don't trace it backwards the first time.
5. After you are done tracing, cut out the Blue Note. When done, peel the Blue Note off the paper and stick it on the white canvas wherever you'd like. Make sure you try to get a nice seal on the top of the Blue Note so the melted crayon doesn't bleed through the paper. Gregg advises you're patient during this part of the process.
6. Remember those yellow crayons? Remove them. It's time to melt the blue ones. Make sure you go outside because it can be messy. Pretty simple. Just get a hair dryer with a good amount of heat and melt the crayons. Gregg usually just keeps the hair dryer on the label part of the crayon until it starts to melt. You can melt it wherever. This is the fun part as you never know how it'll turn out.
Here's what it looks like with the blue crayons melted. As you can see on the top left of the picture, Gregg started to glue the yellows on and quickly ripped them off when he realized it'd create a green nightmare. You can also barely notice the Blue Note in the middle if you look carefully. The Blue Note/contact paper is clear.
7. When you are finished with that and it looks the way you want it, let it dry for a good 5-10 minutes. Then you can start hot gluing the yellows crayons on the canvas.
8. Again, let the yellows dry for 15-20 minutes. When they're nice and dry, go out and do the same thing with the hair dryer. Melt those yellows!
9. Try to be careful to not melt the blues. This is extremely difficult to avoid. You have to come to terms that there will be some green, but it's not as bad as it would be if you tried to melt all of the crayons at once.
10. After you're done melting, let it dry for an additional 15 minutes.
11. Here's the tricky part. Be careful! Peel the contact paper off of the canvas. Be extremely slow and cautious while doing this because you don't want to rip the wax off with it. Take your fingernail and trace around the logo so that you have an easier time peeling it off of the canvas. Do not rush this part. If you do it correctly, you should have a white space surrounded by melted crayon, as seen in the photo at the top of this page.
That's it – Display your art with pride!
As you might imagine, you can follow these steps to make a similar art project for other hockey teams, sports teams or for just about any crazy thing you can think of. Have fun!