Friday, June 15, 2018

Glue Batik Painting

At a recent weekend away with some friends we decided to make glue resist batiks. We watched a glue batik video and gathered some supplies... plain white handkerchiefs, Elmer's white glue, acrylic paints and paint brushes. We drew our designs with pencil and traced over the lines with the glue. 


My glue line was way too thick and took too long (overnight) to dry. Lesson learned. Once the glue was dry, we got out the paints. The dried glue contains the paint and prevents the colours from bleeding into other areas. I've done a lot of fabric painting with Setacolor paints but not much with acrylics. Both are fun.


Once the painting is dry, you put it in a hot water bath to dissolve the glue. There was definitely some colour loss in that process.
Here is the finished piece hanging outside on a table to dry. When picking up the freshly painted fabric some paint transferred from one area/colour to another.  You can see some blue where orange is, and some red where only blue should be. You can't control all the elements! That's life!


Here it is pinned to the design wall, which shows that some of the colours are much less intense once the paint dries. I'm looking forward to hand quilting this over the summer.
And I'm going to get more supplies for the kids to try out this technique on our annual family camping trip this summer.

12 comments:

  1. what a neat technique! thanks for sharing

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  2. What a neat project! I think I'll try this with my kids this summer. Thanks.

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  3. I love the way it fades in places. Looks like a water colour.I may just try this.

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  4. How fun! Your flower is really pretty and soft :)

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  5. Did you add the white stuff to the acrylic paints that makes it set on fabric and be washable? I forget what that product is called. Your piece turned out very pretty and I can see some fun could be had with younger people playing with the technique.

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  6. That look great Kathy. Very nice. Looking forward to the finished piece.

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  7. What a fun experiment, and as you say, a great project to do with youngsters.

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  8. That sounds too simple to be true. I need to try this too. Thanks for sharing and great job on your first attempt. I know it wont be your last. ;^)

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  9. What a fun technique, and it made a beautiful, summery block!

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  10. Your design is so pretty, I think it looks like a fine silk. Beautiful job.

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