Easy Fabric Batik with Glue – Lesson Plan

(♪♪♪) JULIE:
Would you like to
learn a way to do Batik easily, inexpensively,
and safely in your classroom
no matter what age level you teach? Hi there, I'm Julie Davis, and this is Blick Art
Materials Workshops. Today I'm going to show
you easy fabric Batik. Batik as you probably
already know is an ancient art form in which hot wax is applied to
a piece of fabric and then dyed. Fabric is then washed,
the wax comes out, and you're left with intricate
beautiful cultural designs. It's really
a beautiful art form, but how many of us can
actually imagine using hot wax and dye in
a classroom setting? This process replaces
the hot wax with washable glue. The dye, with tempra paint, and it parallels the same
process as the Batik. Let me show you. First we're going to
start out with a piece of
unbleached muslin. This is 100% cotton,
natural fibres. I've gone ahead and washed
my piece first of all just to make sure
all dirt is removed, and I ironed it to make sure
that it's nice and flat. It comes in a roll,
so you can cut it down to whatever
sizes you want. This is about an 11×14 piece. Then I prepared a sketch
on a piece of 9×12 paper, something very simple, and you just need to do
an outline of it. The muslin is translucent,
so as you can see, when you slide it underneath you can actually see
the design through it. This'll make it
much easier to trace. There's the design. Now I recommend that you take
a little bit of masking tape, and you tape down the corners
while you're working on this, just to make sure that it
doesn't move around without you noticing it. Okay. Now the glue
that we're going to use is an Elmer's washable glue. Now this is one of those
projects where you really just can't
substitute any glue. Regular washable glue is
usually much too watery, so your lines will spread out
and it won't hold the design that you make. You need to have a gel glue. If you have
Elmer's blue gel glue, as long as it's
the washable version, you can use it as well. Okay, just starting
anywhere on your design, you start to draw a glue line. And you can just see
how nicely the line comes out of this bottle. Follow your pattern. If you wanted to you could
brush this on as well, but it's just so much easier
to do it from the bottle. If you can go at
the same pace your line stays
pretty consistent. Look at that, isn't that easy? If you do have a space where
the glue wants to bead up, you can just go
right back over it and bring it back
together like that. Alright, now you'll continue until you have
this entire piece glued. Since that'll take
quite a bit of time, I've already prepared
a piece that is glued, so let me just
switch these out quickly. There we go. That's already been glued,
and as you can see, the glue has already dried. Alright, and now it's
time to add the colour. We're going to be using Blick
premium tempra paint today. Now this is another material
that you don't want to make substitutions on
with this project. If you use a washable
tempra paint when we go to
wash out the colour, it will leave
the fabric completely. If you use an economy grade,
student grade tempra, it'll be very very dull,
and pale. With the premium grade tempra, you'll have enough
colour left in the fabric that it'll still be bright
and intense, so I've got the three
primary colours out here. You can use of course any
colour that you'd like. And I've got a soft
natural hair brush, and I'm just going to
start painting here. If you feel like
the paint is a little thick, you can add just
a little bit of water, but you don't want
to water it down. You want to use it as
full strength as possible. It's almost impossible to
stay within the glue lines, so go ahead and paint
right over them. Or right up to them at least. When it's time to
change colours, have a little water handy,
blot your brush well, and move on to
the next colour. Okay. Well I'm not going to continue
to paint this whole piece, but you can see that
I'm applying it thickly, so when this piece
if completed, it's going to be
very stiff feeling. Let me show you an example
of how that is going to look. There's a finished piece
right there. I'll put a white sheet of
paper underneath it so that you can see it
a little better. There we go. Cute little cup cake. You can see we painted
right over the glue lines. They're completely covered, you can't even tell
where they were at. Now comes the time where we're
going to wash the glue out. Normally I would go over
to the sink at this time and I would use the sink and hold it
underneath the water, but because we're at
a demo table here what I'm going to do is I'm going to put some
paper towels ready underneath this piece, and I have a bowl handy
with hot water in it. Let's just take one part here
and demonstrate this to you. We're going to dip
this in the hot water. Give it just a second to
allow it to penetrate that dried glue. Now, I'm going to bring it
out here to the paper towel, and what you do is
rub it with your fingers. You can feel
where the glue is starting to come off. This'll be a much less
messy process when you're in the sink. Let me go back to the water. Okay, now you can
see where the glue line is starting to
come off and appear. You can also see that
the water has started to retain a little bit
of the colour, so there is some of the
colour that will discharge. Don't let that alarm you. There will be plenty
of the colour left. You just coax the glue off
with your fingers. You want to use
nice warm water. That'll help make it release. Okay. As you can see
this'll probably take a little bit of time too, to go around
the complete piece and to get all of
the glue to remove. But once it' s removed, I can show you
what this will look like when all the glue
has come out, and when
the project has dried. You can see that
the colours are lighter, but yet they're still
very very very intense. If some of the areas wash out
a little too light for you, you can always come back in
with a little more of the tempra paint
and repaint them. You can turn it over,
if this is going to be a two sided project, as an option you can
paint the backside as well to make sure that
it matches the front side. You can iron the edges over
and secure them with a little bit of glue, so that way you have
a nice neat edge and not all of
those strings hanging. So what do you do with this
once you're finished with the piece? You can take a dowel rod and wrap it around
a dowel rod like I showed you with the original piece, and make a really nice
hanging artwork, a banner like that. Or you could
take two pieces that you've completed, stitch them back to back
add a little stuffing, and you'd have
a great pillow. Well, that was easy,
wasn't it? I told you so. Thank you for visiting
our workshop today. We hope you really
enjoyed Easy Fabric Batik. There's going to be
a materials list to follow, along with some
important information that you'd like to know,
I'm sure. I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you so much
for joining us, and I hope I see you
again very soon. Bye for now. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast


  1. I'm from from Philippines and I search this because its my assignment and it helps a lot thank you

  2. @Sueli M. You will need to contact the store prior to visiting to see if they  have Muslin in stock. You can the phone number to your nearest store on our website dickblick. com.

  3. I just watched it! I'm a student and we're having that kind of project! Thanks for the big help!!! 🙂

  4. Just watched your video and enjoyed it ! I will give this a try for some of my quilts ~ nice technique ! Thanks !

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