A minty-fresh take on the traditional art of batik. Using toothpaste and paint, kids will create fabulous one-of-a-kind batik masterpieces.
What is traditional batik?
An ancient art, a resist method of dyeing textiles, usually using a hot wax resist. Many Asian and African countries have traditions of making batiks.
What You Need:
❖ white toothpaste
❖ hand lotion
❖ empty glue bottles
❖ drawing paper
❖ muslin / white fabric
❖ sharpie markers
❖ tempera / acrylic paint*
❖ paint brushes + water cups
❖ water (preferably a sink)
*acrylic paint will result in a stiffer fabric
What You Do:
Pour 50 / 50 mixture of toothpaste and lotion into empty glue bottles and shake well.
Draw design on paper and trace with Sharpie (these lines will be white lines on the fabric).
Tape paper to cardboard and tape fabric over it.
Trace lines with 50 / 50 mixture and leave overnight to dry (the mixture will feel gummy).
Paint with tempera / acrylics and let dry.
Remove fabric from cardboard and run under warm water; rinse gently and thoroughly and let dry.*
*once dry, you can add more details with sharpies
About the Lesson Plan
About the Author
Hannah Brady is an artist, designer, and educator. She is currently a graduate student at Tufts University / School of the Museum of Fine Arts. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Visit her at www.hannahbrady.com and follow her on Instagram at @msbradysartgallery