Sunday, August 14, 2011

* Elmer's Gel Glue Batik Aprons

To celebrate our Elmer's Kids Craft Camp
we tried out another classic art teacher project,
batik dyeing with Elmer's Gel Glue
and acrylic paint on craft aprons. 

This project was inspired by Gail at That Artist Woman blog

Start by "drawing" your design on your fabric
with Elmer's Gel Glue. 
We worked on aprons but you could also use canvas bags, t-shirts, or pillow cases.

The glue will seep through the fabric a bit
so you'll want to put a piece of cardboard, newspaper, 
or magazine underneath your project to protect the table. 

Allow the gel glue to dry completely.
We let ours dry in the sun for several hours. 

Then, paint over the designs with acrylic paint.
You can even water down the paint for a more liquid-y look. 

Protect your work-surface area with cardboard,
newspapers, or similar underneath the painted fabric.

The painted aprons. 

Allow the paint to dry completely before 
starting the final step!

Now for the fun, magical part!
Fill your sink with warm/hot water
and soak the projects for 10-20 minutes.

The gel glue will dissolve, you can help it along 
by rubbing the fabric together and agitating it a bit
to scrub off any excess glue. 

Allow your wet projects to dry...

Enjoy your awesome batik!

This project is part of our two-week series
for the Elmer's Craft Camp giveaway!

Leave a comment on Saturday, August 6th's post for a chance
to win a prize pack of awesome art supplies from our friends at Elmer's glue!
This giveaway is now closed.

pink and green mama, MaryLea

All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Elmer's glue provided me and my family with a crate full of art supplies
to review and keep. I did not receive any additional compensation for this post. 


Sallie said...

OMG! SO. FLIPPING. CUTE!!!! Me gusta! (miss your face!)

Darby said...

This is a really adorable project! Avery's preschool provides canvas bags for the school year and I was trying to find a fun way to personalize it. This is great. Your bags turned out beautifully too! xoxox

Tim, Allyson, and kids said...

This has been on our list to do for awhile (since last fall in fact). We'll be adding it to our art lessons once school starts this fall. Thanks for the reminder.

Your aprons turned out wonderfully.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Darby -- Yes! This would be a fantastic way to decorate that preschool bag. If you want help I'd be happy to facilitate a "craft day" here at my studio with my favorite sister in law and niece! : )


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Sallie -- I think you need one of these customized aprons to wear in your classroom this fall! ; )


pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Tim, Allyson, and the Kids -

Please share photos of your projects on our Facebook page when you do this - I love show and tell!! : )

-MaryLea (pink and green mama)

Esther said...

Wow! The batiks look so awesome! My daughter would love the underwater scene. We have to do this. The aprons look so vibrant!

Barbie said...

I just found your blog while searching for ideas for my daughter's art party! I'm so inspired!! Thank you so much for sharing all of your great ideas! I've added you to my blog roll so we can have fun all year long.

artsy_momma said...

We do this- the watered down version! Never thought about that it would look cool even not watered down. Between this and your last 2 posts, I bet everyone is stocking up on glue...lol! Thanks for all your awesome ideas!

Alicia C. said...

This is SO COOL!!! I'd never have thought of using Elmer's as a resist for Batik.

Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

We are working on this now! Yours turned out beautiful!

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Thanks Melissa!! Can't wait to see how they turn out : )


Leslie said...

This is so cool! I'm loving all your elmer's glue posts!!!

Gail said...

Got to love that gel glue batik. I'm glad it worked out for another project.

Kelly said...

What a great idea! Both of my kids would love doing this!

Kelly said...

Such a great idea! I want to try this on cloth napkins! : )

Abby said...

So I have some silk I want to use for scarves but don't really want do all the work of dying them that I remember from batiking in college. Would this method work? And can they be washed with regular laundry after a first laundering alone?
What do you think?

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Abby --

That's funny, my mom (also an artist) and I were talking about the same thing. She thinks she has some silk scarves in her stash and we wondered why we could try the gel glue with the silk dyes then launder the silk per the silk manufacturer's instructions. I would hesitate about throwing silk scarves in a regular washer dryer. I think you'd have to hand wash them and hang to dry then maybe do a low heat mini toss in the dryer to de-crunch them. If you try it let me know, I'm still trying to find a blank white scarf to experiment with!!


Jennifer Anzalone said...

Love, love, love all of your art activities...definitely adding some to our Montessori art experiences this year...thanks for the inspiration:)

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