Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat TechniquesEach month Michelle Houghton is taking a look at a medium and one or more ways to add it to your layouts.  Other artists from the Creative Team at Get It Scrapped will add inspiration to fuel your imagination and get you scrapping.

This month we are taking a look at a newer product from Faber Castell: paper crafter crayons.  These crafty crayons came out last year and have quietly showing up in the crafting community.  They are a highly pigmented crayon in a plastic tube that twists up.  They can be applied to most crafting surfaces including paper, chipboard, wood and even glass and ceramics.  One of the benefits of having them in the twist up tube is that they can be sharpened in a standard pencil sharpener to a fine point. 

What I like most about this new medium is the bright saturated color and their ability to melt.  The techniques I have found and tried all involve heat, and melting the colors.  I know there is more I can try, but here are a few ideas of how to get paper crafter crayons onto your pages.  Next month I will explore resist techniques using the paper crafter crayons.

Coloring with crafter crayons

Paper crafter crayons can be colored directly onto your pages for bright intense colors. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Coloring then melting crafter crayons

Step 1 – Start by coloring one or multiple colors thickly on your page.

Step 2 – Then run an iron over them.  I would recommend using a small crafting or seam iron for this.  It is going to get messy so it is a good idea if you keep it inexpensive and dedicate this iron as a crafting iron. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Applying crafter crayons straight to the iron

Step 1 – Color straight onto an iron. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Step 2 – Transfer the color directly onto your page.  You can do a single color at a time or add multiple colors right onto the iron. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Shaving and melting crafter crayons

Step 1 – Using a craft knife shave off small pieces of paper crafter crayons onto the area you want to add color. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Step 2 – Moving slowly press the iron directly on top of the shavings. Try lifting straight up to keep the melting more dot like or add a twisting motion to smear the colors together. 

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Step 2 – Lay wax paper directly on top of your shavings and then iron over the top of the wax paper.

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

The melting happens in a splatter like pattern, but you get some residual from the wax paper on your page. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Melt crafter crayons with a heat gun 

Step 1 – Sandwich shavings in-between two sheets of cardstock.

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Step 2 – Use an iron to iron over the top page, this is only going to start the melting process and help the shavings stick to the page.  Some will stick to both the top and bottom page so more shavings is better in this particular technique. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

Step 3 – Separate the papers and use a heat gun to melt the shavings onto the paper the rest of the way. 

Mixed Media with Michelle Houghton |Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques

NOTE:  I tried this technique without the first steps of sandwiching and heating the shavings, can you guess what happened?  A mess of crayon shavings everywhere from the heat gun blowing them. 

I love how the shavings turn into little drops of color and are slightly raised leaving a wonderful texture on your paper!

Crafter Crayons + Your Scrapbook Pages

The best part of a new technique is getting it onto your artwork. Here are a couple examples from the Get It Scrapped Creative Team.

Christy Strickler created her colorful photo mat by coloring a patchwork stamp with Papercrafter Crayons and then going over the surface with a light pink distress ink pad.

Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques | Christy Strickler | Get It Scrapped

Weird Ears by Christy Strickler |Supplies Patterned Paper,Acrylic: Studio Calico; Letters: American Crafts; Stamps: Basic Grey, Freckled Fawn; Ink: Tsukineko,Ranger; Twine: October Afternoon; Color Medium:Faber Castell Paper Crafter Crayons

I used the shaving and melting technique above to create this layout.  I decided to even include the wax paper in a unique layer.

Paper Crafter Crayons and Heat Techniques | Michelle Houghton | Get It Scrapped

Trophy by Michelle Houghton | Supplies: cardstock; Kraft, metallic stickers and mini attachers; Ranger, twine; American Crafts, Washi tape; Darice and Little B, Papercrafter Crayons; Faber Castell, metal letters; Paperbilities, mesh and metal clip; unknown

 

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  1. Papercrafter Crayons | Scrapweaver - April 14, 2014

    […] Have you seen Faber Castell’s Papercrafter Crayons?  They are a newer product and have not made a huge splash, but I have to tell you these things do some cool effects.  This month at Get It Scrapped I explored how to use them with heat and different melting techniques.  You can check out all the how to’s HERE […]

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