Thursday, June 21, 2012

A glue batik sun for the solstice

Being Catholic, we don't really "celebrate" the summer solstice, but we did watch A Midsummer Night's Dream with James Cagney, Olivia de Haviland and Mickey Rooney playing Puck oh-so-wonderfully.  And I do love the sun and the long days, if not the humidity of summer.  And that is worth at least a hat tip, eh?

I really enjoy how fast and easy glue batik is.  I dug out a scrap of white cotton--an old crib sheet, I think--and pinned it to a piece of cardboard in the morning.  Then, using that wonderful stuff, Elmer's School Glue Gel, I traced a circle using a plastic bucket lid and free-handed the rest of the sun.  And I let it dry.


Then I went at it with acrylic craft paints.  Go on and slop the stuff on; in my opinion it looks better than if you try to do a coloring book type, stay-within-the-lines sort of thing.  Spatters look right at home on batik.  Then I let that dry, too.  I probably ought to have put waxed paper between the cloth and the cardboard, as the paint stuck a bit. I was able to soak it off in the next step, but that could be avoided.


Last--the fun part--wash it.  You could put it by itself in a wash cycle, but I can't bear running a wash with only one item in it, so I scrubbed it in the sink.  Use hot water and a bit of soap, and the glue lines should rub right off.  Rinse it well and hang to dry.  Make a banner! Make T-shirts!  Make a tote-bag!  It's lots of fun...



6 comments:

  1. That is super cool! I love the look of the sun peeking through the sun!

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  2. You know how to make even boring summer fun!!

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  3. There is something Catholic to celebrate instead of the Solstice - the feast of St. John the Baptist. His words "He must increase, but I must decrease" go perfectly with the increase of sun this time of year. We used to have a St John the Baptist Party to kick off the summer (but planning one the last few years hasn't happened).

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  4. Absolutely, Katherine! How many saints are there whose birthdays we celebrate? Other than the Blessed Mother, I am not aware of any others.

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