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Keeping the Creativity at Home with MAGnificent Saturdays - April 25, 2020

Today's MAGnificent Saturdays art activity for you to do at home:

DIY Printed Patches

Drawing inspiration from DIY and punk rock, we’re going to make some cool printed patches today! You can make a design, or add words! Make it pretty, or you can make a wearable statement about something you’re passionate about!


As a bonus we also have an instructional video that will take you through how to do this activity with items commonly found around the home. We know at this time that not everyone has all the tools for our activities, so we will offer up suggestions where we can.


Don't forget to tag us on Facebook, Twitter @RedDeerMuseum or Instagram @rdmag #MAGsatathome with your creations! We'd love to see them.

You can download the instructions here.

What You Need: Woven fabric like cotton or canvas, fabric ink, roller, tile, sticky foam sheets, scissors, pencil, mat board.

Step 1: Start with your design! You can work additively and subtractively. Use your pencil, pushing very hard, to “carve” a design into a foam sheet—or, cut out shapes and stick them onto your mat board! (You can carve into cutout designs too!) Remember that if you’re putting words on your design, you have to put them backwards so that they print the right way!

Step 2: Once you’ve finalized your design and stuck it to your mat board, find a piece of fabric and cut it to the size of your mat board piece. Then, spread just a little bit of fabric ink on your tile!

Step 3: Next, roll your ink roller over the ink a few times on the tile to get an even spread on your roller– then roll the ink evenly over your foam print block! Place your fabric on top of your block, and roll over it a couple times with a clean roller.

Step 4: Excellent! Now you have a custom patch that you can stick on something. A pair of pants? A vest? Jacket? Bag? Sky’s the limit! Have an adult help you sew it on, or you can use fabric glue to adhere your patch.

magsaturdays DIY printed patches infographic


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