Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Creative Play Date - Crayon Batik!

I see it has been a couple of weeks since I've posted. Life sometimes gets busy and the blog takes a back burner. But yesterday I had the opportunity to spend time with some creative friends for a play date. I found this interesting technique called "Crayon Batik", from "The Crafter's Recipe Book" by Jessica Wrobel. The book is filled with all kinds of fascinating ideas to transform paper and fabric. So we all got out our crayons and paper and began to play!

The materials are quite simple: crayons, paper (we experimented with all kinds, but text weight seemed to work best), an iron, acrylic paint, water, paintbrush, sponge, wax paper or newspaper, and some scrap paper.

I documented the process with my friend Karen's piece. (Thanks, Karen!) Here are the steps:

STEP 1: Draw a picture or design and color in the entire surface of the paper very densely so none of the paper shows through. (Although I did leave areas white and really liked the effect. Try both!)

STEP 2: To crack the surface, wad the paper into a tight ball, then unfurl it.

STEP 3: Brush a thinned coat of paint over the entire surface. Do not let paint dry.

STEP 4: Lay the piece on top of wax paper (or newspaper), and sponge the paint off the crayon. We laid our pieces out on newspaper and let them dry before proceeding to Step 5.

STEP 5: Place the design face down on a sheet of scrap paper. Stack another piece of scrap paper on top of that. Press with a warm iron, but do not use a sliding motion.


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