Hi Jenn! I did paste batik last year and it was really successful with
elementary students. You need alum to create the paste and the kind from
marbling supplies is better than the kind in the grocery store.
The recipe for the paste is: 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 cup water, 2 tsps. alum.
Blend it and pour into squeeze bottles. Kids can squeeze or brush it on 100%
cotton muslin bleached or unbleached as long as it doesn't have perma press
This process is related to a Japanese dye process called sarasa and also a
resist technique used in Africa called adire eleko. I got this info from
arts and activities, March 1986 if you want to look up the article.
The paste has to dry overnight and then kids can paint on the dyes -- I used
procion dyes for the brightness. I did this with 3rd - 6th grade classes
last year. LOTS of fun.
Oh yeah, if you have aluminum cookie sheets for kids to work on -- you will
avoid a lot of mess. If you tape the cloth to it during the pasting process,
the cloth can't fold on itself.