Originality Studio and Gallery by Jane Marsh
HOME
PICTURES
SCARVES
CUSHIONS
CARDS
ABOUT
HOW TO MAKE A BATIK

Make your own Batik
Materials: cold water dyes
plastic bowls
rubber gloves
wax pot
wax granules
sketch pad
tracing paper
paint brushes [bristle]
thin silk or cotton
masking tape or drawing pins
pencil or felt tip pen
plain newsprint
iron
First you need a sketch. Keep it simple, the beauty of batik is in the unplanned bits when the wax runs or cracks and the dye penetrates.
It is up to you to choose which colours you are going to use. Prepare some dyes in plastic bowls following manufacturers instructions.
Your sketch needs to be bold because next you place some tracing paper and fabric over it and you need to see your sketch through both layers. Natural transparent fabric like silk or very thin cotton is best because synthetics will not hold the dye.
Secure fabric to work surface with pins or masking tape.

Now paint melted wax on to the parts you want to stay white then lift the fabric off the work surface and place in a dye bath for your first colour. Keep checking and remember that you will be adding more dye so this first colour should not be too dark.
When dry you can repeat the procedure only this time paint wax over the bit that is going to be your first colour. Dip the fabric in the dye for your second colour and when the right depth is reached take the fabric out dry and apply next layer of wax and dye again.
After several dye baths the silk or cotton should be coloured all over and have a covering of wax and now you need to remove the wax by laying your batik between two layers of blank newsprint and ironing to melt the wax. The paper will absorb the wax and you have to keep going with several fresh papers until no more wax comes out.

This is your finished batik


Pictures Pictures Pictures Pictures
Pictures Pictures Pictures Pictures
Email:
originality@janemarshyork.co.uk
Tel: 01904 631749
BLOG
INFORMATION
EXHIBITIONS
LINKS
Craft & Design Selected Maker
Follow me
on Pinterest:
Originality
Follow me
on Facebook:

Facebook