Saturday, June 16, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Day 16: Batik with Elmer's Glue

P is turning into quite the master artist and we are continually trying to find new ways for her to expand her talent. We have countless coloring books completed from cover to cover, a trail knee deep throughout the house of single sheets of white paper illustrated with a curly haired girl meeting mermaids, playing with princesses or snuggling a puppy.

She takes art classes at the local museum and really enjoys it. She comes home covered in pastels. Her portfolio is becoming quite impressive.

One thing she really loves to do is paint. Today I decided to try a little different approach to painting: batik!

The wax & dye method is not kid friendly. Lucky for me I found on Pinterest a kid friendly method! {}

Here it is:
Elmer's school glue or gel glue
Cotton fabric
Acrylic paints

Draw your design in the cotton cloth using the glue (the website recommended gel glue but we used school glue because that's what we had on hand and it worked fine). Let the glue dry completely. Then paint over your design & all over the cloth with watered down acrylic paints. Let dry again. Then soak in hot water for 15-20 minutes to allow the glue to dissolve. Dry again and your art work is complete!

Gel glue might work better to have more control over how much glue is used when drawing your design. P's got a bit gloppy in spots. Also, acrylics are permanent so, make sure little ones where smocks! This project would work well for 5 and over.

P really enjoyed creating this even though it was time consuming and there was lots of waiting time!

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