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Re: white glue batiks...have you done this?


Date: Mon Sep 09 2002 - 15:32:49 PDT

I have done the white glue batiks with a lot of success. It is done more
like direct dyeing onto fabric than batik. Students draw a simple design on
paper without too much detail. The drawing should have mostly enclosed lines
like a coloring book picture.
 Then they outline the design on the paper in black permanent marker. You
put a piece of waxed paper over the design and then a piece of white cotton
fabric over that. Use the Elmers glue to outline all the lines. They squeeze
it right from the glue bottle. Younger children @grade 3 do better and have
more control if they use the small 1 oz glue bottles. I like to have even
lines but it doesnt matter. It is better if you can have them do this in one
day so it is all dry when they come back.
I have them paint inside the spaces using watered down acrylic paint. When
the paint is completely dry put the batiks in a bucket of warm water and soak
over night.
The next day students should be able to rinse out the rest of the glue the
next day. If you spread them out while they are wet on a smooth surface like
linoleum you should not have to iron them.