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Toothpaste Batik

by Jackie

Toothpaste Batik

Toothpaste Batik

This craft project is a toothpaste batik I made from some old kitchen muslin, cheap toothpaste, aloe vera gel and acrylic paints that were a present.

Instead of the lengthy process you get with wax batik, this is one that is so easy and can be done by children as well.

Draw out your design, with a mixture of 50/50 toothpaste and gel using an old applicator bottle if you can; something with a squeezy tip/nozzle. You could try using aloe vera gel straight from a plant but you might ruin it, unless you have large leaves, depending on how much you need?!

Leave to dry overnight.

After it has dried overnight, paint with a medium of your choice - I used acrylic paints that I'd been given but oil, watercolour paint tubes and poster paints work equally well, and tempera paints do too.

If you have no ink or paints, you could use food colouring.

If you don't have muslin, you can use thin fabric or mesh that can be pulled tight for a surface to work on; heavy or really stretchy fabric might not be so good.

Once finished, brush off all the toothpaste which leaves the white border.

Try things out first on test pieces, it might work for you e.g. different fabrics or try using just the toothpaste?

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Sep 21, 2020
Credit for inspiration NEW
by: Anonymous

You should always write where you got the inspiration for your lessons; give credit to the originator. While you may have found this ‘toothpaste batik’ in numerous places, they mostly will all trace back to me, and a bunch of posts on my blog There’s a Dragon in my Art Room,

Dec 11, 2017

by: Adele

Love this project! So bright and cheery - thank you for adding your DIY ideas for toothpaste batik, avoiding the use of hot wax and reusing old muslin.

We stopped using toothpaste in squeezy tubes, opting for dry/solid instead, because they can't really be recycled (anything in squeezy tubes) but according to, those pump action toothpaste tubes are easier to recycle.

I imagine pump action tubes are more expensive, so if cost is an issue, preventing you from getting some creative me-time, then go with what you can afford.

Maybe you could use what's left in the ends of toothpaste for smaller projects to put on greeting cards? Cut the tubes open and scrape it all out?

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