Surface Design for Children
You can design your own fabric and paper. With a little supervision this activity is suitable for
You will need: Permanent Markers or Felt Pens, Rubbing Alcohol, Fabric and/or
Paper Towel, Rubber Bands, Small Dispensing Bottle or Straw, Glass Jar.
Step 1: Secure the Fabric or Paper Towel over the top of Jar with the Rubber Band.
Step 2: Draw design onto Fabric with Felt Pens. Keep the design simple.
Step 3: Pour rubbing alcohol into Dispensing Bottle. Drop small amounts onto design. If using the straw decant alcohol into shallow dish, dip straw end then drip onto fabric.
Step 4: Now the magic starts. Slowly the designs will spread. You will have no control over this.
Step 5: Wait for the fabric to dry thoroughly before ironing. This is important as the alcohol is flammable until dry. If you have used paper, wait until dry before removing the rubber band as the paper is fragile while wet.
What do you do with it: Use designs with your scrapbook and card making. I used some of the fabric
scraps in the fridge magnets from a couple of weeks ago. Use as a base for some creative embroidery. Have fun with it, experiment.
This post was first published here on 28th February, 2010.