Glue Batik Canvas Bag

Batik is a technique used to dye fabric in Indonesia. Designs are created using wax-resist and then painted in beautiful colors. We did this kid-friendly version using glue-resist. It was fun to create and also talk about art from all over the world.

  1. Ages: 3 - 16

  2. 2+ hours

  3. Super messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    We used blue glue for this so Emma could see her picture as she created it. She used the bottle of glue to draw a picture right onto a cotton canvas bag we had. When she finished her work of art, we let the bag dry overnight. I love projects with several steps that we can spread out throughout the week.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Once the glue was dry, we watered down a few different colors of fabric paint and Emma got to painting her bag. She painted right over the glue.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    We let the paint completely dry while Emma talked about all the things she would carry in her new "purse."

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Next, we added the bag to a bowl of warm water and allowed it to sit a couple of hours to loosen the glue. I tossed it into the washer after it soaked.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    When we pulled it out of the washing machine, the glue was gone and Emma had a beautiful hand-painted bag to be proud of.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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