During the school year I needed to find a kid friendly batik idea. I had done wax batik with kids before but it can be a bit difficult using hot wax. It also is not much fun having to iron away the wax with lots of newspaper. I had heard about glue batik with white glue but the results were disappointing. I stumbled on this blue glue idea and I LOVE IT!!!
It is now the talk of the school because it is so user friendly. So lets get started:
- washable gel glue
- wax paper
- fabric, cotton muslin works well
- acrylic paint
- paint brushes
- sink or tub for soaking
- dryer or iron to heat set
You need this type of glue. I first did this batik with the Sparkle version but this is better.
I also buy a no name brand at the Dollar store that works great.
I used 5 bottles for 24 kids and we were able to do 3 projects with it.
I cut my fabric to size and I have a layer of wax paper underneath.
Draw your image straight on to your fabric with your glue bottle. For the butterfly I lightly pencilled in my design first. The pencil marks come off in the wash stage.
If the kids have difficulty with squeezing the bottle pour a little in a cup and use a paintbrush.
When finished let dry completely about 12 hours.
Having fun painting (Jeff age 5).
When finished painting let dry completely. Depending on the weight of your fabric this might take a few hours.
To help it along you can also scrub it a bit with a nailbrush.
When the glue is all off the fabric wring out your piece and dry. I use the dryer because I'm impatient and with 24 pieces I wanted it done.
Sew up into your finished project. In this case Jeff wanted a pillow for his room.
This is one of the projects I did with the school for Father's Day, homemade windsocks. I used very light fabric (polyester lining material) for this one.
We also did a name sign out of heavy canvas for all the kids.
In both cases the blue glue batik worked terrific!!
Give it a try the possibilities are endless. You could make flags, banners,tote bags,custom shirts or just a nice wall hanging.
see ya later