Place plastic wrap or a plastic placemat under your fabric in case the glue seeps through. Squeeze white glue or blue gel glue to make lines and designs on your fabric. You can make simple designs like flowers or geometric shapes, or do a complete picture. Young kids will surely enjoy squeezing random lines and shapes.
If you made a sketch, you simply have to apply glue along the lines of your drawing.
Prepare two or more colors of fabric paint or acrylic paint on your palette. Watering down the paint can create a nice watercolor-like wash. However, be careful with adding too much water because your batik might look too washed-out.
On the other hand, too little water can make acrylic paint chip off from the fabric when dry. The best way to get the right balance is to find the best mix on a spare swatch of fabric.
The glue can be removed either by soaking in water or by peeling off the dry glue.
Soak in water - soak the fabric in warm water for 15 to 30 minutes. You can do this in a basin or directly on the sink or bathtub. The glue will soften as it soaks longer. You can speed up the process by rubbing on the areas with glue. After all the glue has been removed, hang the fabric to dry.
Make batik banners and flags. Glue has been applied into star shapes and large stripes to make this batik American flag—a great craft idea for the 4th of July.
When applying glue on large sections such as the stripes on this flag, squeeze the glue within the intended area and use a paint brush to spread it more evenly.