How toBatik
10 steps
Hello!
What you’ll need
Old Paint Brushes
Dye Of Your Choosing
Iron
Electric Skillet
Newsprint
Fabric Stretcher
Buy
Bleached Cotton Muslin
Pencils or Pen
Boil a large pot of water for each color of dye you use. Adding salt will help the dye adhere.
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Create your dye (you may follow directions on package). Let cool.
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While dye cools, cut the desired size of your batik artwork out of the muslin.
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Sketch your design.
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Melt a mixture of beeswax and paraffin in an old skillet on approximately 200 degree temp.
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Begin applying wax to the muslin to retain the colors of your choosing through the dying process.
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Continue dying, rinsing, drying, & waxing. Paint light to dark with your final color being black.
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Crinkling the waxed material creates cracks the dye can seep into. This is a trademark of batik.
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Be sure to apply wax to the black as well.
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Place your batik between newsprint (no more than 3 sheets on top) and iron the wax off.
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