Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Faux Batik

Not to be confused with real batik (hot wax, silk and dye) this faux batik method is really fun and great for all ages. It's a basic resist process but instead I used Elmer's Blue Gel Glue for the resist and acrylic paint for the color. We designed tote bags using this technique. Here's how we did it: I provided tote bags with some prepared art for those that did not have the inspiration to draw their own image. Put a piece of cardboard (cereal boxes work great!)inside your bag to prevent the two sides of the bag from sticking to each other. You can tape your art to the cardboard so that it stays in place while you work. Once you have your art in place trace your drawing with the Elmers Blue Gel glue. Once you have outlined your art with the gel glue be sure to let it dry. The reason for the blue glue is so that you can see your lines after it is dry. Also,the gel glue doesn't run. The glue does take time to dry. Try to resist squeezing thick amounts of glue. Remember you just need a thin layer of glue to cover those fibers so that the paint can't get to it. You can use a paint brush for the glue if you prefer. You can always use a hair dryer to speed up the drying time too. Next up, the paint! Using some basic acrylic craft paint, fill in all your areas with color. Feel free to paint right over those dry glue lines. They should do their job and resist the paint. Once your paint is dry (really dry) you will need to rinse the tote to remove the glue. Acrylic dries pretty fast but I prefer to wait 24 hours before rinsing out the glue. Rinsing out the glue will lighten your color a bit (be sure to keep that in mind when painting. Darker color and more of it is best). When you rinse the glue don't be afraid to get in there and scrub it. The glue is washable so it comes off best in warm water. When you have all the glue removed toss your bag (or garment) into the dryer for a full cycle to set the paint. You can also iron it if you prefer. Now your project is compete! This is great for parties, camps and even a quiet night in. For those still craving more, add some embroidered details to spice things up.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Big Props!

As a designer who has spent the majority of my career in the world of branding and marketing I am my own personal branding nightmare. My creativity tends to soar when faced with a challenge. I have yet to find a limit to what I might attempt when filled with inspiration. This is great for me as a creative professional but try to make a business card. Sheesh! This is why I have started leaning on "Creative professional" or I guess I might as well just say it like it is "Creative Junkie full of ideas for anyone willing to listen". For instance, you can now add "prop and set design" to my resume. I had a great time creating these for a dance recital. I find that working with props can give you a chance to try out just about any skill you have and even force you to dabble in new ones. These featured props were a process of good old fashioned painting for the rocks, Some image magic and large format printing for the Eric statue and some image transfer techniques for the contract.