Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Machiko Inspired Batiks

As I said before, I absolutely adore the botanical art of Miroco Machiko. I thought her primitive, bold and colorful style would lend itself well to batik. And I have to say, the kids (ages 6-8) did a wonderful job grasping her style and creating their own compositions. The children mapped out their designs with pencil on muslin. Day one, these lines were gone over with gel glue. (After trying both methods, I do prefer the toothpaste and aloe vera lotion mix I learned about from Phyl from There's a Dragon in My Art Room. (The gel glue took quite a while to rinse off in comparison- but the artwork turned out beautifully regardless). The following week they used watered down acrylics to add color to their designs.Once rinsed, everywhere their glue lines were, remained white. This is always a favorite project! I especially like the fact the the children have to be patient in waiting for the final outcome. : )


  1. Mary, they are so organic and beautiful! Fabulous!

    When I ran low on toothpaste last year I had a few kids who used the gel glue instead, since so any bloggers claimed to have used it, and ARGHH! We had a nightmare trying to wash it out! The toothpaste method may be crazy but it definitely works easier. Someone else recommended hair gel, and that seems like a logical idea, but I haven't tried it.

  2. One more thing - I didn't want the pencil lines to show, so the kids did a final drawing on paper the same size as the fabric, and traced it with sharpie. Then the fabric was taped over the drawing on a piece of cardboard, and you could easily see the sharpie drawing through the fabric. No pencil lines on the fabric! In some cases, the way the paint soaked through to the paper made the papers really interesting looking too, and a l to of the kids kept the paper as well.

    1. Great idea! I'll have to try that next time.

  3. Beautiful! I love batik but have only done the crayon version in my elementary classes. Will have to give it a try.

  4. Oh wow these are gorgeous! I'll have to give it a try. How many art classes did it take?


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