I saw this idea in the Family Fun magazine- which you know I love. I did not see it on the website- but here is the fall crafts page.
Batik- a technique of hand-dyeing fabrics by using wax as a dye repellent to cover parts of a design, dyeing the uncovered fabric with a color or colors, and dissolving the wax in boiling water. (in our case we are using glue in the place of wax)
Here's what we did-
1-we ripped some white muslin so that everyone had a strip of it.
2- draw leaf shapes on the muslin with glue (we used Elmer's washable school glue)- let this dry overnight
3- water down some acrylic paint - we used fall colors.
4- wet the fabric with a wet brush
5- paint the leaves and then the background with the watered down paint. The colors will run a little.
6- leave until dry
7- soak in warm water for about an hour- and then gently scrape the glue off- it came off easily after it has soaked for awhile.
8- dry, iron, and hang up! We taped ours to the kitchen windows
I especially loved this craft b/c it was good for my 8 year old all the way down to the 3 year old- and the finished product is so pretty.