A couple of weeks ago, a local Seattle-based company Eye Can Art found me on Twitter. They’s are an art supply and education company that sells art kids for all ages. They sent me a Layered Wax Drawing Kit
It arrived last week and the kids wanted to work on it immediately. But I told them we’d wait until Saturday when we had more time. It involves using the oven to melt the wax so wanted a nice slow-paced day (non school day) to do it. They bugged me every day until Saturday rolled around.
The instructions were very well written and clear. I love how they also included a bit of history of layered wax art to share with the kids. The project definitely needs adult supervision, since it includes melting the wax in a low-heat oven.
The first step of the project is to use oil pastel crayons to color the inside of small wooden frames. Kids could also cut out shapes or magazine photos or whatever they want to glue (using the supplied glue stick) to make a collage. My kids chose to just color their frames. Ronin did an outdoor scene with blue skys, a rainbow, tree and house. As he did it, he kept saying “This is beautiful!” and Ellie drew a hot air balloon and monkey. So cute!
Next we placed the included beeswax sheets into the frame. The kit comes with one large clear wax sheet and 3 colors. The kids wanted to share the colors so I ended up cutting the larger sheet into three so they could mix and match. One suggestion for the company would be to provide 2 clear sheets of wax and a few color sheets in case you’re doing this project with 2 kids.
After placing the wax, the adult (me) puts the frames on a cookie sheet and puts in the oven (preheated to 215 degrees) for 15 minutes. While they were waiting, they decided to draw another picture on paper with the oil pastels. The instructions noted that their may be bubbles after 15 minutes so melt a few more minutes if this is the case until the bubble pop. We melted another 6 minutes but there were still a couple tiny bubbles, so I ended up taking a metal object and popping them.
After pulling it out of the oven, we let them dry on a level surface for 15 minutes. After the allotted time, Ronin’s wax was evenly distributed but Ellie’s wasn’t, so I decided to remelt hers in the oven for a few minutes to try and smooth it out. The good thing about wax is that it can be easily remelted so after doing it again, no issues.
Once cooled they colored a couple more things on top of the wax with the oil pastels and colored the frame around the artwork. I used the provided plastic hooks and to hang their lovely artwork on the wall. I think they turned out beautifully and the kids were so excited to do the project and see their artwork on the wall. I smile every time I walk by them.
All in all, two thumbs up for this fun and unique art project.
Many of Eye Can Art’s award-winning line of kits look really cool and would make wonderful holiday gifts for the kids in your life. Each runs $24 to $30 and most of them include supplies to do more than one project, which is great if you have multiple children. They’re available on Amazon.com
From Eye Can Art:
Eye Can Art is a toy, art supply, and arts education company which designs and creates a line of high quality art kits for artists of all ages and experience levels. All kits are designed by arts educators with two life time’s worth of experience and passion for open-ended and authentic art techniques.
Bridget and Shannon, our masterminds, are mothers who felt as though there were not enough high quality avenues for their children to properly encounter arts and to express themselves (i.e. –too much paint-by-number). Over the last six years they have transformed this vision into a company whose product can be found in retailers around the country.
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Disclosure: Eye Can Art provided a Wax Layering Art kit to facilitate this review and will provide an additional won for this giveaway. All opinions are my own. This post also includes affiliate links.