Cut your linen to the size you want your flags to be. I did not worry about cutting particularly straight or if the linen frayed at all. Traditionally, prayer flags are meant to fray as a way to acknowledge all things are impermanent.
How to Make Batik Style Prayer Flags Using Glue
Did you all know you can give fabric the look of batik using gel glue?!There are a lot of reasons why I really like this project...
- I love decor that hangs down from somewhere - knick knacks would just become part of the mess that is my house (kids….and a little me.)
- I’m into folk art right now.
- While they're not traditional tibetan prayer flags, I can send a prayer to the world every time I watch them catch a breeze.
- I got to try the faux batik technique using glue!!
Decide what design you’re going to make. Use a water soluble pencil or disappearing ink pen to draw your design on the flag.You could use a light box or a tablet to trace the design. You should actually be able to see a printed design under your piece of linen without a light source.
Grab your gel glue (I started off using the generic brand from the dollar store.)Start slowly and mindfully tracing your design with the glue. Read the next tip before getting too far.
You‘re going to notice pretty quick that the glue will pull away and group together leaving blank spots in your design.
Take the end of a paintbrush or something like it and pull the gathered glue where it’s missing on your design:
Let the glue dry.
Step 6 and 7:
Mix your acrylic paints with a textile medium.Start painting your flag with the acrylic mixture.
You can paint into and over the glue. Those spaces will still be white when you remove the glue.
Fill your sink or a tub with hot water and soak your flags for at least 30 minutes so the glue loosens..
Rub the glue parts with your fingers after you’ve soaked it. The glue should start coming off.
Lay your flag out to dry.
Make as many as you want to put on a string of them.
Once you have the number you want, pin them together for sewing to a length of ribbon.
Sew them together.I chose to use my sewing machine. But you can hand stitch if you prefer.
I used a fancy stitch on my sewing machine.
And tada!Aren't those awesome!Hang them inside or outside and let everyone admire you’re work 😃.
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