Students explore a variety of ways to use fabric crayons and fabric markers and then compare the two mediums.

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  • Crayola Fabric Markers
  • Crayola Fabric Crayons
  • Crayola Washable Glue Sticks
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Iron
  • Masking Tape
  • Newsprint Paper - 22.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Bristol Board - 25 cm x 25 cm (10" x 10") - 1 piece per student
  • Polyester Cotton Fabric - 20 cm x 20 cm (8" x 8") - 1 piece per student


Step 1
  1. Tape the fabric to a piece of Bristol board.
  2. Make sure you put tape on all four sides and pull the fabric tight.
  3. This will keep it from wrinkling while you draw.
Step 2
  1. Make 4 sketches on a piece of paper, or in your sketchbook to plan how you want to break up the space.
  2. Leave lots of white space and have at least 8 sections.
Step 3
  1. Choose the plan you like best, or change it slightly.
  2. Work directly on your fabric.
  3. Begin by outlining the largest areas.
  4. Remember to use every colour at least once.
  5. Try lots of different ways to apply the colour.
  6. Notice what happens when you change the pressure.
Step 4
  1. Carefully remove the tape from the fabric when you are finished colouring the whole design.
Step 5
  1. Place the design between two pieces of newsprint paper.
Step 6
  1. Set the iron to the synthetic setting NO STEAM.
  2. Slowly iron back and forth over the paper to set the colour.
  3. You will notice some of the wax from the crayons absorbs into the paper.
  4. Do not allow the paper to move or the design may smear.
  5. Keep changing the newsprint paper until no more wax shows through.
Step 7
  1. Remove the fabric from the newsprint paper.
  2. Notice how the colours have changed.
  3. Cut the fabric into 4 strips about 5 cm x 20 cm.
  4. Use a gluestick to fasten the strips beside each other on the back of your Bristol board.
  5. Leave a small space about 1 cm wide between each strip.
  6. View the work with fresh eyes.
    - What colours do you like the best? Why?
    - How is the marker colour different than the crayon colour?
    - What did you learn about working with fabric markers and fabric crayons?
  • Subjects:

    • Grades:

      • Grade 1,

      • Grade 2,

      • Grade 3,

      • Grade 4,

      • Grade 5,

      • Grade 6,

      • Grade 7,

      • Grade 8

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