Melted Crayon Background

by Beate Johns

Create landscape or abstract backgrounds by melting crayons on glossy cardstock.


  • Crayons
  • Craft Iron, or travel iron without steam holes
  • Cardstock, glossy used here
  • Scrap Paper
  • Tissue Paper


  1. Step 1

    Set your iron on medium heat. Once it is warm, start scribbling crayon over iron surface. The crayon will melt.

  2. Add several colors for an interesting look.

  3. Step 2

    Place your cardstock on top of your scrap paper on a heat resistant surface. Pull your iron over your entire piece of cardstock for a smooth finish.

    To achieve the ridged look shown here, move your iron in zigzag motion over your cardstock.

  4. Step 3

    Add more crayons to your iron. Several greens were added to the center of the iron and a brown crayon line was drawn on the left outer edge.

  5. Apply crayon to the lower half of your cardstock. Here a figure eight was drawn with the iron to achieve the wavy look.

    To get edge to edge coverage, make sure you start on your scrap piece of paper and go over the entire cardstock, to the other side of your scrap paper, with your iron.

  6. Step 4

    For more texture add addtional green crayon colors to your iron.

  7. Tap the bottom part of your cardstock with the iron. You will create a textured look.

  8. Step 5

    Take a tissue paper and gently buff the cardstock to make it shine.

  9. Step 6

    Use crayon background as it is, or stamp on it.

    Jet Black Archival Ink and Black Stazon™ will both work. The ink will take a few minutes to dry.



    Make it really sparkle!
    Glitter or Metallic crayons create a different background.

    Wax paper method
    Cover your ironing board with wax paper. Put the cardstock down and add crayon shavings on top. Cover this with another piece of wax paper. Iron over the wax paper until the crayon is melted.

    Different surfaces
    Be adventurous. Try different surfaces for different looks. Matte cardstock will give you a matte look.

Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Melted Crayon Background. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

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I use this technique with encaustic waxes and it makes very unusual cards. What a good idea to use a crayon to substitute a colour I haven't got! One tip -If you want to stamp first (with permanent ink) then use crayon/wax over it and haven't got a clear one , which you need to use with the colour so the wax is translucent, use a wax candle on the iron first, then wax or crayon and you can get lovely coloured backgrounds. Solid stamps work best.
janetannc  |  Wed Jun 8, 2016 at 8:02 AM
PS -saw someone asked about canvas. You can really only do encaustic work on coated card, but you can then turn it over and iron on the back to transfer to canvas or fabric. It is paler when transferred, so you need to do bright colours on the card first. You can transfer to any fabric but it isn't washable !!
I never seal my encaustic art. I use good quality card and then give a good rub with aused tumble drier sheet to polish it and unless deliberately scratched it lasts well.
janetannc  |  Wed Jun 8, 2016 at 8:09 AM
Great tips - thank you!
dina  |  Wed Jun 8, 2016 at 9:35 AM
Michael Bossom , the originator of Encaustic Art in the UK does a special sealer for encaustic work -someone asked how to seal it. I don't think the usual spray sealer would work well on wax (haven't rried them as I have Michael's sealer). If interested I'm sure a google search will throw up Michael. He demos on TV in the UK regularly and is fascinating to watch. Not sure if Hochanda (where he demos) still have any off his programmes archived, but worth a look in case.
janet  |  Wed Jul 20, 2016 at 8:20 AM
I've been looking for a way to use up all those crayons our kids had. LOL What a fabulous tutorial!!!Love what you've done!!! Thank you!!! wink<3
TLady  |  Thu Jan 23, 2020 at 10:29 AM

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