Monday, March 23, 2009

Fabric Crayon How-to

I got a wonderful complement from my friend Dana about my art skill on our Flat G project. I would love to take the glory for this, I was an art teacher in a former life, but I cheated. (shrug, blush) I used beautiful illustrations I looked up on Google, enlarged them, and colored them with Crayola fabric crayons. I was introduced to fabric crayons in my textile class in art school, they are an easy tool to add to your homeschool projects. You could make flags, t-shirts, flat kids...

The following is how we have used them in our project.

1. Draw or Print your chosen design.
If you're using a name, it needs to be a mirror image.

2. Get out your handy dandy Fabric Crayons

3. Color your drawing. Brush off all the crumblies.

4. Lie your colored sheet on your cotton/ poly blend fabric.
You cannot use 100% cotton.
Hense, you are not looking at the 99 cent muslin here.

5. On Cotton setting, iron you picture until the
color shows through the backing paper.
Don't let it slide around, it will blur and double take.
6. Peel it off

7. There you go!
I'd love to know if and how you use fabric crayons in your homeschool classrooms.


School for Us said...

WOW!! I'm so impressed! I've never heard of this techinique. Now, I need to think of something to do with it. Hmmm... :-)

PisecoMom said...

Thanks for this great tutorial! I am thinking about making a Flat JediBoy as a year-long (or months-long) project next year and I am sure I will be returning to these posts then for great inspiration. :)

Kris said...

Oh yes, this shirt would be a hit in our house--gotta do the heart and lungs, too!

Kris said...

What a cool idea! I'm sure there are lots of applications, but I really hope I remember this by the time we get around to the human body again. You've just gotta love an intestines shirt. ;-)