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Melted Crayons


with Melted Crayons

 I think this looks like so much fun, that I had to share it on the blog this week. Enjoy reading and if you do one, share with us please. I’ll try to do one next week. 

Jackie-Jacobson- artist

Jacobson - Paintings.

Has anyone seen these melted crayons paintings people have been doing? I know they’ve been around for a while but lately I’ve seen quite a lot of them popping up on Pinterest. Most of them involve gluing crayons to the top of canvas and melting them with a hairdryer to form stripes of colour but I did find this one that shows using them to create more of a watercolour effect. I’ve had this canvas lying around for a good six months waiting for me to something with it. This seemed like the perfect project.

Jacobson - Paintings

Things you’ll need for the painting.

A canvas.
An embossing heat gun (a hair dryer would also work but be careful as it blows the wax around and creates more of a splattered effect).
A newspaper to protect your floor.
A pack of crayons and a fork to stab them with so you don’t burn your fingers.

Jacobson - Painting

Start by selecting your colours and peeling the crayon.
Next sketch in where you want all the main colours and shapes to go.
Now for the fun part. Start melting your crayon. Stab the crayon with a fork and follow along with your heat gun or hair drier. Be careful, the wax does get hot.
Block in the larger areas by turning the crayons on their side as you melt them. I found the paler colours worked best as a base as the darker colours were more pigmented.
Keep adding more melted crayon layers until you’re happy with the finished result.

Paint abstract art with melted crayons.

Jacobson - Paint -abstract- art

I loved how easy this was. The whole thing only took a couple of hours as there was no waiting around for the previous layer to dry before you started on the next one.

Here’s a close-up of the layers and textures.

Close-up - abstract - art

Abstract art painted with melted crayons.

All finished. I loved making this. This one is going to be a present so I’ll be making another for myself.

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Pissarro – Montmartre


Boulevard Montmartre

“Pissarro portrayed the Boulevard Montmartre in sun, mist and rain, in night and day, quiet and bustling with activity, including a parade.

Article by Charley Parker July 8, 2012

Boulevard Montmartre Paintings by Pissarro

Pissarro - Boulevard Montmarte

Pissarro and the Grande Hotel

After painting in the French countryside for several years in the late 1800’s, French Impressionist Camille Pissarro took up residence at the Grande Hotel de Russie in the Montmartre section of Paris.

Durning his three month stay there from February through April, Pissarro produced a number of canvasses of views of the grand boulevards visible from his room, two of the boulevard Italiens, and fourteen of the boulevard Montmartre, of which he evidently had a better vantage point.

Pissarro portrayed the Boulevard Montmartre in sun, mist and rain, in night and day, quiet and bustling with activity, including a parade.

This was in some ways similar to Monet’s multiple canvasses of subjects like the haystacks and, famously, the Rouen Cathedral — studies of the same subject in different light, seasons and atmospheric conditions. In other ways Pissarro’s paintings of the grand boulevards were more a study of the passage of life in the streets of Paris below him.

You can find most of the views of the Boulevards on this page on The Athenaeum (scroll down) and view the painting at top in detail on the site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (click “Fullscreen” and zoom or download).

Comment by Charley Parker

Sunday, July 8, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
If you look through a large number of paintings by Monet, Pissarro, Sisley or many others who painted directly from life (the Athenaeum site is good for that), you’ll find that many of their subjects are not dramatic or exceptional in themselves, but in fact quite commonplace. They painted streets, houses, gardens, trees, fields, streams and people. It was how they saw and interpreted the ordinary that was extraordinary.

You can find most of the views of the Boulevards on this page on The Athenaeum (scroll down) and view the painting at top in detail on the site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (click “Fullscreen” and zoom or download).

Related posts: Camille Pissarro : Camille Pissarro: Impressions of City and Country

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Are You Visiting Palm Springs Soon?

What should you do on the weekend in the Palm Springs area?

  • Shop and have fun at the largest Street Fair in the area?
  • 340 Vendors
  • Arts – Crafts – and much more
  • Free Parking
  • Free Admission

Meet me at the College of the Desert Street Fair. I’m in booth #75, every Saturday and Sunday, October – May.



Oil Painting with No Mess

Demo –  Painting with Corel Painter 11

Oil Painting - Amarylis Flower

Amarylis - Oil Painting - ©Jacobson

I love Oil Painting. I always say, “I love the smell of turpentine,” and I really do. But I also love that I have no mess, no cleanup, no allergy problems, no rags, no paper towels, etc. I paint digitally using Corel Painter 11. It’s now a “green thing” to keep it clean and healthy for the environment.

My environmentally friendly option is when I paint digitally, I’m oil painting without using paper towels. That’s one contribution to our environment.

Join me in this step by step photo journey through my oil painting process by viewing Pictures 1 thru 8. Enjoy!

Oil Painting – Step by Step

The titles show the progress of the piece, starting with:

  • 01_The original image for reference
  • 02_the sergeant brush, and a drawing type block in on a sepia/orange tones
  • 03 & 04_The round bristle brush and continued block in
  • 05_The oil detail brush and redefined drawing of shapes
  • 06_The thick wet oil brush adding colors, details and thicker paint
  • 07_The just add water brush to blend out the areas
  • 08_The final step, duplicating the layer and changing the mode to hard light, for more color depth


That’s it for today’s demo. I’m looking forward to hearing your comments. And last, here’s a list for you to help with making this planet green and environmentally friendly.

10 things you should never buy again

  1. Styrofoam cups – They’re  not biodegradable.
  2. Paper towels – wastes forest resources, landfill space, and your money.
  3. Bleached coffee filters – Dioxins, chemicals formed during the chlorine bleaching process, contaminate groundwater and air and are linked to cancer in humans and animals.
  4. Teak and mahogany – Every year, 27 million acres of tropical rainforest (an area the size of Ohio) are destroyed. Rainforests cover 6% of Earth’s surface and are home to over half of the world’s wild plant, animal, and insect species. The Amazon rainforest produces 40 percent of the world’s oxygen.
  5. Chemical pesticides and herbicides – American households use 80 million pounds of pesticides each year. The EPA found at least one pesticide in almost every water and fish sample from streams and in more than one-half of shallow wells sampled in agricultural and urban areas. These chemicals pose threats to animals and people, especially children.
  6. Conventional household cleaners – Household products can contain hazardous ingredients such as organic solvents and petroleum-based chemicals that can release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into your indoor environment, positing a particular danger for children. The average American household has three to ten of hazardous matter in the home.
  7. Toys made with PVC plastic – 70% of PVC is used in construction, but it is also found in everyday plastics, including some children’s toys. Vinyl chloride, the chemical used to make PVC, is a known human carcinogen. Also, additives, such as lead and cadmium, are sometimes added to PVC to keep it from breaking down; these additives can be particularly dangerous in children’s toys. PVC is also the least recycled plastic.
  8. Plastic forks and spoons – Disposable plastic utensils are not biodegradeable and not recyclable in most areas.

If you must paint with real oil paints, here’s how to do it safely and environmentally friendly. Use M.Graham Oil Paints – a non toxic approach to oil painting.

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