Batik is a technique used to dye fabric in Indonesia. Designs are created using wax-resist and then painted in beautiful colors. We did this kid-friendly version using glue-resist. It was fun to create and also talk about art from all over the world.
We used blue glue for this so Emma could see her picture as she created it. She used the bottle of glue to draw a picture right onto a cotton canvas bag we had. When she finished her work of art, we let the bag dry overnight. I love projects with several steps that we can spread out throughout the week.
Once the glue was dry, we watered down a few different colors of fabric paint and Emma got to painting her bag. She painted right over the glue.
We let the paint completely dry while Emma talked about all the things she would carry in her new "purse."
Next, we added the bag to a bowl of warm water and allowed it to sit a couple of hours to loosen the glue. I tossed it into the washer after it soaked.