I have a confession to make.
When I was in third grade, I wanted to be an artist.
When I was in seventh grade, I wanted to be a marine biologist (until I discovered I have a weird phobia about sea creatures underwater).
When I was in high school, I wanted to be the creative director of a magazine, just like Sassy Magazine.
When I was in college, I really wanted to be a fabric/textile designer. But it was too late to change my major (I was a design/illustration major), so I let that dream go.
It never died though.
What I love about the creative spirit is it has many facets. I love to do many different artistic things, and I'm a tough one to tie down and put in a category. I just love to be creative.
Oh, and I love to do what I want so, there's that. Holler.
Back when I was a young wart hog, I took a design class where we learned how to batik. What is batik? It's a textile technique from Indonesia using hot wax as a resist, along with various dyes.
|This is an actual batik piece I made in college. It's been with me since college, my single years, my first home and almost 16 years of marriage.|
It was really fun, "drawing" with hot wax, dying our fabric squares in buckets of dye in the hallways of the art department. Awww, the artist life.
I envisioned myself living in a commune, long hair don't care, growing my own food, making clothes for my fellow commune dwellers out of batik. Of course, I would be braless. Wait until my mama hears about me wasting my student loans on hot wax and dye, I thought to myself. Eventually I realized my dream of being a dirty hippie just wasn't feasible.
Imagine my excitement when I was cruising the interwebs to find some art project inspiration, and I stumbled upon a few glue resist project that resembles batik. Eeek! I did a batik project for Modern Art 4 Kids a few years ago, but that involved oil pastels and didn't give it the look I was going for. The glue resist projects looked easy and I already had everything I needed in my supply closet.
Depending on the size of your fabric square (don't limit yourself--you can also do this technique on t-shirts, tote bags, scarves, pillowcases, etc.), take a minute to think about your design. Do you want a pattern like chevron stripes or squares? Do you want an abstract effect? Flowers? Whatever you do, own it!
|I decided on repeating squares for this particular piece.|
The glue flows out pretty smoothly, so kept your hands steady. Don't glob a bunch of glue on your fabric because it does spread. Too much glue and you won't be able to maintain the integrity of your design. Do a few different designs--I did. It's addicting! I took them all outside to dry in the sun.
|I let my glue dry overnight.|
Once your glue is dry, it will be clear. Now you can paint it. I used craft paint but you could also use watered-down acrylic paint, watercolors, tempera paint. I just love craft paint because of all the colors you can use.
|I usually hate sponge brushes but it spread the watered down craft paint nicely. If you are an art snob like me--switch to a paintbrush. Teehee|
|You can paint right over the glue.|
I've discovered that the stronger you want your colors to look, the more you should let your fabric square dry. If you want a more subdued color, rinse your fabric while it's still damp-you'll see more of the craft paint rinsing out. A few other things I learned: don't use black. At the very least, use it sparingly--it just looks moldy.
Once they were rinsed and dried, I was really happy with the results.
|The bottom left piece was done by a student in my art class--it came out amazing!|
|Tulip Fabric Markers are divine. The colors are rich and the tips are fine--perfect for adding detail onto your projects.|