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Topic: Faux Batik (with tutorial) lots of pics  (Read 17733 times)
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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.
-something to mix paint on
-acrylic paints- even the cheap craft store ones work fine for this
-white cotton fabric- washed and  ironed
-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!
« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2012 03:55:39 PM »

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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!

« 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!)
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012 07:25:05 PM »

A very cool ideas! Thanks for sharing! Smiley
« 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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