This was a gift for a couple of friends who just bought a house, who also like rainbows.
Backstory: I had been seeing these melted crayon art paintings around the internet (on Offbeat Home, on unsimpleliving, on this blog, and on this blog, as well as hearing it was on pinterest, which I don't use). I totally wanted to make one, especially after seeing some of the ones people had made with silhouettes and umbrellas in the silhouettes. My first idea was to do a "Singing in the Rain" piece, with the silhouette of Gene Kelly hanging off the lightpost, but I put it off after remembering that I don't have a ton of wall space for displaying artwork, so it would be silly to make it for myself. When I heard my friends were buying a house I realized they were the type of people who would probably enjoy something like this, and after a little bit of brainstorming about what to use for the silhouette, I had myself an awesome idea for a housewarming gift.
How I did it: First, materials. I bought a canvas from the art store and a pack of Crayola's from somewhere. I also ended up buying two of those long stick lighters you use for candles and grills. From around the house I used blue painters tape, black Sharpie markers, and a utility knife and a few blades.
The silhouette came from a combination of two pictures of my friends from a wedding, each with elements of the two in profile that I wanted to utilize. I tried to scale them to about the same scale and used the GIMP and my cheapo tablet to sort-of trace around the figures and come up with a reasonable silhouette (I had to guess at some lines because I didn't have a full figure shot of both of them due to the heads of the people who were sitting between me and them at the wedding where I took the pictures).
For the crayons, I separated out the colors and laid them out in a rainbow, although not exactly in color order (because that's how I wanted it). I peeled the papers off the crayons. I took a piece of cardboard to match the top of the canvas and glued the crayons on that, which I had taped to the top of the canvas.
Finally I went over the Sharpie again, trying to get the best coverage I could. I signed the bottom side of the canvas.
What I might try next time: A different base material (perhaps smoother?). Taping around a slightly wider space than the silhouette to leave a little more room for error/create more of a halo/reverse outline. Coloring on the canvas and then using a lighter to glaze the wax, hopefully creating a watercolorish effect. I do want to eventually do the "Singing in the Rain" art, maybe when I have more wall space. I've also seen some very minimalist art with single colors and drips becoming grass or flower stems that look fun.
Final Thoughts: In the end, I really like how this turned out, and the couple I gifted it to really liked it. It was a lot of fun and really got me itching to craft more, so hopefully I'll be able to keep it up.