Feelin’ HOT, HOT, HOT!

Hi friends! Sorry if you now have that Buster Poindexter song in your head but today’s techniques are just too hot not to share! It all started when I bought a 50 cent buffet warmer at a yard-sale (Yard Sale tip, go at 3pm on a Saturday when everyone wants to get rid of crap.) I did not want to waste 50 cents so I asked them to plug it in for me to make sure it worked LOL! Yes, I am that frugal haha! And it did! I thought having a hot surface would have many uses in the craft room from using friendly plastic to batik or maybe to cuddle up with in February when my unheated craft room plummets into the 40’s…OK  I am being dramatic but I do see 50 degrees many days and it’s too cold to craft. Then I remembered seeing a heated drawing board advertised for colored pencil artists a few years ago but it was hundreds of dollars and I though, well, let’s give it a try with colored pencils!


Not bad for my first try, I used Prismacolor pencils and artstix,

Watch my video experiment!

Then I thought, what about oil pastel?


The cool thing about this is that it is a lot like encaustics! I love it and the pastels will not need fixing because the pigment is left on top and the oily residue seems to seep into the paper. The painting did not feel like it would smear on accident after it was cool. Here is that experiment:


That was fun, I hope you enjoyed my little experiments and I hope it makes you look at your junk in a new light, who knows, the next thing you find at a yard sale might make for good art! Happy crafting!

16 Responses

  1. I bought a hot plate at an estate sales few months back to use with crayons. I waited till everything was 75%off but still paid $6. It was brand new in the box and I think it regulates the temperature pretty well. I really the colored pencil idea you did. Crayons are interesting but I haven’t done enough of it. You have just renewed my interest in experimenting more with this. Thanks. Your flower is gorgeous.


  2. I love the spontaneity of this technique. I’ll be on the lookout for a heating surface.


  3. Gorgeous flowers! I like prismacolor crayons, and would love a tutorial using the heated surface and the crayons please.


  4. Great experiment…love your flowers – especially the one with the colored pencils!! Thanks so much Lindsay!!!!!


  5. Really enjoyed the process and loved the blending!…oh, was someone snoring while you were working?🙂


  6. I need to use my oil pastels more🙂


  7. Lindsay, you are a genius! And I love your painting!


  8. Both flowers look amazing!


  9. Love it! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.


  10. Thank you so much for these tutorials!!! ~Sophia


  11. Love the coloring pencil flower. You got a good deal I saw a a warming tray on eBay that looks like the one you have for $24.95 plus $4.95 shipping. Hope you have a good week end.


  12. This is so amazing Lindsay! Your so talented, another great tutorial
    Have a nice weekend! I’m being creative too! doing lots of painting!
    Lovely poppies as well.
    Grace from fb!


  13. Loved watching the videos! I wanted to try out the technique so I turned on the warming burner on my glass top stove! It worked like a charm!! It was a bit awkward as that burner is in the back but now that I know how amazingly well this works with the prismacolors, I’ll be on the look out for a warming tray! So fun to find a new technique for art supplies I already own! Thanks for posting these videos!!


  14. Yes, Lindsay, you are a creamy, dreamy girl with your electric warming plate. You scored!


  15. Can you blend oil pastels with a blender or cloth of some type? I kept waiting for you to grab something else to use.


  16. You are a genius. What a great idea.


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