This south african inspired, batik handprinted pillowcase craft project was no exception, she had such a great time creating this.
We started with a $2 white pillowcase from Wal-Mart. We still had some airbrush paint cans left over from her zebra fashionista birthday party last month (more info on this coming soon!). I also found this at Wal-Mart, in the tie dye aisle. It took one whole can ($5) to paint the pillow purple. (Note: I didn’t let her do this step, it’s a lot like spray paint. I did this outside, in the grass)
Next came the hard part, finding objects around the house to create our designs with. We tested dozens of toys, even fruits and vegetables before settling on our printing pieces – a flower punched mason jar lid, a skewer, some old paint daubers we love from the dollar store or Target dollar bin (I can’t remember), a wine cork, left over plastic Easter eggs, and some “found things” from our treasure walks. Not pictured was our favorite piece, a found thing, shaped like a flower petal that made the biggest impact on our print.
We began using only fabric paint, but got bored quickly with our limited color palette. I mixed some craft paints with our fabric paint … time will tell how it stands up to washing.
We worked in layers, pressing our tools into the paint being careful not to use too much at a time, then pressing our shapes and tools on the fabric. When one round dried, we’d come back take another look, then and add some more colors, patterns, and shapes until we were happy with our results.
I think she’s already plotting our next project …. still covered in paint from the last one — oh how I love this girl!
This project was created especially for Tea Collection for Destination: South Africa, their amazing line for Spring/Summer 2013. We were thrilled to work with them on this, and hope you enjoyed it too.