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« on: January 02, 2012 10:18:02 AM »

Hello! Some were interested in the faux batik process that I did on The Duddha. It's really fun and easy. I did this with a group of 7-year-olds with great success, so it's a nice project to do with kids too. It does take a bit of time to do because of drying time between steps.


a demo piece I did with the kids



1) gather what you'll need.
-GEL GLUE (WHITE WILL NOT WORK FOR THIS)
-something to mix paint on
-acrylic paints- even the cheap craft store ones work fine for this
-white cotton fabric- washed and  ironed
-water
-a container big enough to soak your fabric in.
-freezer paper (optional)

2)Using your glue, draw on your design. You can also brush it on. Wherever your glue is, the fabric will be white. I put down a piece of freezer paper under my fabric just so the glue that seeps through won't stick to anything. You can also draw a design on paper, put it under your fabric so you can trace your design with the glue. This is what I did with the kids and it worked well. If in fact your paper does stick to your fabric, it'll come off when you soak it later.


Now you just need to wait for the glue to be completely dry before you proceed. Overnight is a good idea.

3)The fun part. Using VERY watered down acrylics (after all, you are just dying/staining the fabric) begin to paint your fabric as you like.


4)Let this dry completely. Speed it up with your hair dryer if you are excited about seeing your results!

5)Soak in luke warm water for about 20 minutes, until the glue disolves. You can agitate it a bit. I wash mine by hand with a little mild soap too, just to get all the glue off.


6)Let dry and then enjoy your work!




Let me know if you have any questions or if I was unclear.  Smiley I hope if you do this you'll share your results!

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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012 10:31:53 AM »

This looks fun and easy - something I'm gonna have to try.  Thanks for the tute. 
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2012 01:27:04 PM »

What a great idea - thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012 03:55:39 PM »

 Kiss Love it!
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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2012 04:36:50 PM »

Thanks guys! I just happened to think, I haven't tried it, but I bet even more glue/paint layers could be added after the first glue/paint process is done, much like doing multiple waxing sessions with typical batik.
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012 05:59:52 AM »

Awesome, teachart!!  Thanks for the tute!  Can't wait to give it a try!   Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012 06:23:11 AM »

That looks so fun. I can't believe the paint doesn't come off with the soak to remove the glue. You don't have to heat set it or anything?

Thanks again teachart!
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2012 09:56:26 AM »

Thanks guys!

jonnamarco, I've never heat set mine and the paint seems to have stained the fabric pretty well. A tiny bit comes out when you soak it, but not even enough to notice any color change in the fabric. I think because it dries before you soak it it sets in pretty good.

I'm not planning on washing these pieces too much, either, though- maybe make a few more squares and make an art quilt or something. Maybe if they are washed a bunch the paint will fade a bit- but I also have some t-shirts stenciled with acrylics that have been washed a ton that have never faded. Maybe the paint set when they went through the drier?

Hope that helps! (oh and it's nice to "see" you again jonnamarco  Cheesy! Happy New Year!)
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« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012 07:25:05 PM »

A very cool ideas! Thanks for sharing! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2012 09:28:12 PM »

This is awesome!! I'm going to let my DD make a panel for a pillow for my mom's BD gift.
Thanks a million for the tutorial!
I think if you're worried about it coming out in the wash you could add some fabric medium to the paint!
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« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2012 03:49:32 AM »

That's a great idea. I teach studio arts and textiles at high school and both involve students manipulating fabric. This is so much more simple than full batik and it suitable both for test pieces when using batik and as a finished process.

Thanks for the tute. Now I need to find a glue here which does wash out like that.
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« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012 08:09:44 AM »

Good luck with the glue hunt, schnerby! Hopefully it won't be too tough for you to find. I've seen different types of gel glue at dollar type stores too. Ebay has never failed me in finding anything, either! 
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012 01:23:17 PM »

This is amazing!  Thank you so much.  I'm going to check the local dollar store for gel glue next time I go.
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« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2012 03:36:57 PM »

what a cool process!  I'd heard of it, but never really found how to so it!  thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2012 04:46:02 PM »

Wow, too fun!!!  I so need to try this sometime!  Thanks so much for sharing!
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« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2012 05:25:44 PM »

I hope you guys try it! It's really fun and cheap to do, and there are so many possibilities! I was thinking about even trying it out on a white shirt. Will let you know if I attempt!  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2012 11:04:44 PM »

Lovely project - here is Aus we have a product called 'no more pins' - a clear washable craft glue that worked well when I did this on a T-shirt with lyrics from my favourite band. I got the idea from http://www.u-createcrafts.com/2011/08/creative-guest-watermark-tee-by-sweet.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+u-createcrafts%2FOlHW+%28Ucreate%29&utm_content=Google+Reader
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« Reply #17 on: January 06, 2012 08:36:44 AM »

I did this last year with a group of children.  You can cut down on the drying time by using a hair dryer.  Just make sure you hold down or secure the fabric so the hair dryer doesn't blow it away!
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« Reply #18 on: January 06, 2012 08:40:23 AM »

Thanks for the link whenindoubtsew! I'll have to try this with actually dye. It looks really nice on that shirt.

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« Reply #19 on: January 08, 2012 08:38:58 PM »

thanks for the great tute!
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« Reply #20 on: January 21, 2012 09:17:36 AM »

This is awesome! I love batiked fabric so I'll definitely have to try this. Thanks for the tute Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2012 11:16:25 AM »

love this technique, but I live in europe and am clueless as to what gel glue is, I assume its not PVA, hot glue, gluesticks, superglue,

is it a solvent based adhesive...you know the really stinky ones? or something else??
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« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2012 04:24:26 PM »

love this technique, but I live in europe and am clueless as to what gel glue is, I assume its not PVA, hot glue, gluesticks, superglue,

is it a solvent based adhesive...you know the really stinky ones? or something else??

No, it's a washable glue, non-toxic... they sell it as a school glue so you might be able to find it with school supplies (especially since now everyone is getting ready for back to school  Cry ) I've seen it both clear and in blue. Our dollar stores here sell it to so if you have something similar you might have some luck there...

I hope you have some luck finding it edelC! PM me if you can't, I'd be more than happy to put a bottle in the mail to you  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2012 01:07:07 PM »

Aw teachart (I am sorry I still cannot read your handle as anything else than tea-chart...but since I looove tea, that is a good thing)...you are so sweet.

I will have a rummage next time I am near a craft shop.
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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2012 09:15:15 PM »

TEA-CHART! So funny- love it.

Has anyone tried this with spray dyes or rit with lots of water in a spray bottle, rather than brushing?
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« Reply #25 on: August 22, 2012 12:29:16 PM »

Oh you tea lovin' Brits  Grin I will admit that I even call myself tea chart sometimes (but I do, and think it's extremely important that we TEACH ART! Students who participate in meaningful art classes do better in all other areas of learning  Smiley And yet the arts funding always gets cut first... ok I'll get off my mini soap-box now  Grin)

I don't see why spray dyes wouldn't work... I personally have never had much luck with rit dye though. As long as you let it dry before rinsing I think it'd work out fine.
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« Reply #27 on: April 07, 2013 02:46:10 PM »

How did I miss this before? I must try this, the results look great. Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #28 on: April 07, 2013 06:37:52 PM »

Thanks for such great, clear instructions, I look forward to giving this a try.
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LOVE! Great tutorial; thanks so much!
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« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2014 02:34:57 PM »

Using this as inspiration, I'm doing it right now with my kids. I thought now that school supplies are on sale it would be a good time to find glue... NOPE! Target had 3 bottles of white glue and absolutely no gel glue. Ugh! It's expensive at Blobby Blobby! The librarians were telling me how they only use white glue with the kids' crafts and how so many of the kids don't know how to use it because the schools refuse to use it anymore because glue sticks are so much less messy. Disgusting! [/rant, sorry] But we got some glue and now we scribbled all over a piece of white fabric and now we are waiting for it to dye. Tomorrow we are going to attack it with some leftover RIT dye in spray bottles. I will share when we are done!
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