Lets walk through the entire process, step-by-step. We begin with a drawing in pencil, traced over with a black Sharpie marker. The drawing is then taped to a board. The example in the photos below were made by another third grade student.
A piece of fabric is stretched to get out wrinkles and taped directly over the drawing.
here.) The big bonus is that, while your students are working with the resist, your classroom will smell wonderful from the aloe and toothpaste mix - minty fresh! How often can you say that in an art room?!?!
She lets the resist dry overnight; it might still feel sticky or rubbery afterward; that's OK.
Take the piece to the sink, let warmish water run over it, and rub lightly with fingers. Excess paint will come off, and after a brief time, the toothpaste mix will start to come off easily. Rinse it off well, and lay it back on the cardboard board to dry. We put a couple of clean pieces of newsprint under the wet artwork to absorb some of the excess water.
In my former classroom, I had three sinks, and I had the kids work together in teams to rinse their projects. Unfortunately, I do not currently have a sink in my classroom, and I only have three students once a week, so I washed their projects for them. You can see in the photo below that her lightly painted ground area has come out just as she desired!
You can see, she is very happy with her result!
And, after washing, here's how it turned out. I think the Blick paint colors worked out fabulously! Note - because my previous experience with this process had poor results with pastel colors (paint colors with added white), I was hesitant to use white at all for this project. I did, however, end up adding a little white to one of the blues because it was SO dark, and the result is fine, so I think next time around I may try with some much more white added, to get some lovely pinks, lavenders, and turquoises. It's worth a try, I think!