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1. Mix a flour paste and put it into a squeeze bottle:
mix 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, and 2 teaspoons alum
Using a blender works best, start with the water, then slowly sprinkle in the
flour and alum.
2. Squeeze the paste onto the cloth following the pre-sketched design. Let
it dry over night.
3. Paint the open areas of the cloth with watercolor paints, the colors
lighten as they dry so use a lot of bright paint. Let it dry over night.
4. Work hard with your fingers to crack and rub the dried paste off the
cloth. The strip of cloth beneath the past will resist the color.
I haven't done this myself, but my friend's students did some really nice
work. She did have problems with the fading colors -- it probably depends on
the type of paint used -- you might be able to use a different type of paint
or dye? I would try it at home and see. Good luck.
:) Laura Allan