Yes, these gorgeous 5th grade paintings, done back in the fall, are actually imitation "batiks" that were created using a resist of toothpaste mixed with Aloe Vera lotion (which I bought in the $1 store). No melted wax! According to the kids: Best Project EVER!!! And an unexpected bonus - while you are working, your art room will smell minty fresh :-)
We used design elements found in Victorian architecture for design motivation for these "batiks". Here's how you do it:
- First, tape muslin to a scrap of mat board. Either draw lightly with pencil on the fabric, or draw with a Sharpie on a piece of paper and put it under the fabric before taping.
- Mix together toothpaste and aloe vera in an empty glue bottle (hint: you'll want to clearly label the bottles to avoid mixups). Shake 'em up like crazy. Then trace over your drawing with the resist mix, and leave to dry overnight.
- Paint over the entire image with tempera - but do NOT use washable tempera. More concentrated or better quality tempera will result in richer color. Don't use white. Again, leave to dry thorougly.
- Put in sink and let water run over it to begin to loosen paint.
- Rub gently as the stream of water removes all the resist, and excess paint.
- Place on clean side of matboard to dry.If desired, touch up or add details with Sharpies.
Voila! All done!
I know many of you, especially in the south, are winding down your school year, so you may want to check back in the fall when my students will create a new batch of this crazy-fun technique. Meanwhile, here in NY, school's in session till almost the end of June. Still lots of teaching time left!