February 10, 2012

ArtPalooza week- day 5 - Simple Batiking {tutorial} - on canvas

I wanted to create artwork to hang in my kids' brightly-colored bathroom...

Once again, I used Elmer's Clear Glue and acrylic paint (technique adapted from the pinkandgreenmama) instead of the traditional batik mediums, with dye and wax (although I would love to learn how!)
(this image is not for sale)
I adapted the image from the amazing janefosterblog.blogspot.com  

Batik on Canvas Tutorial:
Please visit my Simple Batiking-Shirt Design Tutorial for kids & more details.

 Items Needed:
  • Elmer's Clear Glue
  • canvas or desired material
  • acrylic paint 
  • paint brushes
  • pencil
  • cardboard

Simple Instructions:
  • Draw your design with pencil on the canvas.
  • Then outline your design with glue. (Unlike the cotton t-shirt fabric, the glue will not naturally soak through the thick canvas. I had to penetrate the glue into the fabric so that it didn't bubble on top the surface.)
  • Let dry overnight.
 Paint over the glue with cardboard behind canvas...
 Let the paint thoroughly dry overnight...
 In the sink, soak in warm water for at least 30+ minutes, gently rub away the glue.

Completely dry and ready to hang! 
This can be adapted for any age! Super easy and fun.

Ideas for display: 
  • Make into a pillow cover.
  • Sew onto a shirt.
  • Sew onto the front of a bag.
  • Stretch onto a wood frame, around the edges, and staple canvas to the back.
  • Sew to the inside of a shadow box frame.
  • Paint a sturdy wood board and and adhere with Mod Podge.
  • Tack artwork onto the wall.
Okay, seriously, I'm out of ideas! I had so much fun creating this, I hope you try your own "simple batik" project also! 
So many possibilities!

I do NOT SPAM! You won't be sorry when you get the SUPER SECRETE SALES & SNEAK PEEKS!

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  1. This is a great project! Was the canvas primed with gesso before you put the glue on?

    1. I was just thinking that I needed to try one with gesso...I'm not sure if the glue would work (soak in a little or just stay on the surface) if it was gessoed, but I am going to try a small sample to see. Gesso would help preserve the artwork a little longer, but there was no need to stretch it on a canvas frame.

  2. Can Elmer's white glue be used. Our summer camp only has the white and it is too late to get clear.

  3. Hi, I just picked up 8 unbleached cotton canvas bags for my daughter's 9th birthday. I love this idea... what did you do to get the glue to penetrate into the thicker canvas? Thanks!