4C, 4 Momma, 4D, 4A, and 4B

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Quiet maker: kid-friendly batik

I have another beloved mommy friend who has an INSANELY crafty/talented teen at her house. Her teen showed me a batik banner that she made with glue and watercolor. I had forgotten her explanation when I was ready to use the idea for Camp COOL, so I googled "kid batik glue" in varying combinations. EGADS! A SLEW of varying directions out there, none of which worked or were kid-friendly.

Here, my friend, is a 100% tried and true way for KIDS to do batik with glue and watercolor. And, of course, this activity is worth its weight in quiet, so it's a Quiet Maker!

Quiet maker: homemade, kid-friendly batik
Mom time to prep: 30 minutes, divided
Kid time to complete: at least 30 minutes
Supplies: muslin (cheapest kind they have at your craft store), dowel rods, sharp knife, sandpaper, glue (both school and fabric or tacky), watercolor paints, water bowls, brushes, yarn, scissors

Prep: The night before, cut the muslin to size for name banners (ours were about 10"x14", and I didn't use pinking shears). With cheapy white school glue, write the child's name and a few fun shapes on her banner. Many sites will tell you that white school-type glue won't work and that you need to use gel-type school glue. I used regular old white Elmer's, and it worked beautifully.

If necessary, use a sharp serrated knife to cut dowels to size (and I sanded the edges for a quick sec to avoid whining, I mean splinters). Precut the yarn so that it's long enough to tie on both ends and hang the banner.

In a 9x13 pan, basket, or bin, gather up water bowls, paint brushes, and old watercolors (this is a PERFECT way to use up old remnants of muddied, cracked watercolors). Throw in your precut yarn and some tacky or fabric glue. Cover your workspace with a tablecloth (a cheapy plastic dollar store one if you want absolute ease or a wipeable or washable one if you give two shits about the environment), and leave the banners out to air dry until morning. Ready to roll!

Money saving idea: use old rulers instead of dowel rods for hanging, use old pillow cases or the back section of Dad's old work shirts (just make sure it's non-tshirt, cotton fabric).

Batik in action: 30 minutes or more

With brushes goopy with watercolor, have the kids paint their banner in chunks or sections. These chunks/sections should be all hodge-podge, non-meticulous, random, and overlapping. Absolutely no rules allowed!

Frustration saving tip: Fat brushes will get the job done quicker because they cover more surface area. 4B wanted quick while 4A and especially 4C were quite content with typical brushes.


To finish the batik banners: After the kids are in bed and the banners are dry, pour a hefty glass of wine. Sip. Relax. Now, peel the glue off of the banners. I read that it was necessary to rinse the fabric. DON'T!!! YIKES! I did that on 4A's, and all I was left with was a piece of pink-ish muslin. DON'T RINSE!!!! Fold top couple inches of banner over and glue (fabric or tacky) it to itself to make a sleeve through which to place the dowel rod. Slip in rod. Tie yarn to both ends. A dab of glue outside of each yarn knot will prevent slippage and, consequently, whining. Hang them on their morning "spots," so they can squeal with delight when they discover them.

Such fun!

Coming soon...more Camp COOL! Quiet makers, including build and eat antipasto bar, village build and video shoot, and painted glass lanterns with beads. Oooh laah laah!

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