This is a quick and easy technique to create beautiful batik-like projects. For preparation, you will need pieces of muslin cut out to desired size and visuals for reference and inspiration. I based my lesson on Joan Miro, so I used similar images and drew Joan Miro inspired critters on the board as reference. I also handed out additional sheets with more visuals for student guidance.
1. With a black Sharpie or permanent marker, draw a desired image. If drawing Joan Miro’s inspired characters, make sure to also draw a background for your picture. Keep art project on top of a mat to keep surface area clean.
2. Using washable markers, add plenty of ink by quickly scribbling throughout the picture. You don’t have to worry about coloring neatly so long as there are plenty of colors all over.
3. With a paintbrush, apply some water over the colored surface using a tapping motion. The colors will soon bleed into the muslin and create some wonderful batik-like effects.
4. For display purposes, you can glue top of “batik” to a dowel rod to make a banner.
Muslin cut into desired size (one piece per student), black permanent markers, colored washable markers, glue and dowel rods for display