Simple programs to share with other Boston Public Library locations that serve teenagers. This tumblr is maintained by Laura Koenig, Grove Hall teen librarian
Materials in the box:
- plastic cups
- rubbing alcohol
- liquid droppers
Librarian Must Provide:
- white or light t-shirts or other fabric (you can ask teens to bring their own, but it’s good to have a few available for teens who forget or drop in)
- rubber bands
- if possible, an iron and ironing board
- If you are using new shirts, wash them before the program.
- Give each teen a piece of cardboard, a plastic cup, and a rubber band. Put the cardboard in the middle of the shirt to prevent colors bleeding through.
- Have the teens place the cup inside the shirt, stretch the shirt tight, and use the rubber band to secure the shirt in place. (If any of these instructions are hard to picture, please take a look at the tutorial with pictures at The Art Girl Jackie.)
- Using the sharpies, teens should create a small design (about the size of a quarter) in the middle of the circle that is created by the cup.
- Use the dropper to drip about ten drops of rubbing alcohol in the middle of the circle and wait for the colors to spread. Repeat this process until they are happy with their shirt!
- If you were able to bring an iron, use the iron to heat-set the colors into the shirt. If you couldn’t, tell teens to iron the shirt at home or put it in the dryer by itself for a little while before wearing or washing.
This box is at the Dudley branch - please check availability here and contact Laura and Akunna if you would like to borrow it!