Making a Batik
- A frying pan to heat wax in
- paraffin wax
- bee's wax (optional for less crinkles)
- white cloth (an old sheet or t-shirt)
- a box to pin the batik to while waxing
- paint brushes of all different sizes
- bucket or large bowl for mixing dye
- an iron
- newspapers and paper bags
in making a batik
- Adult supervision is always needed.
- Never leave the wax alone or let it get too hot. It
can easily catch on fire!
- Make a simple drawing and trace it lightly on a piece of
- Heat the paraffin wax in the frying pan.
- Add some bee's wax, if you wish, to lessen the crinkle lines
in your batik.
- Pin the cloth to the open side of a box.
- Decide what you want to keep white and paint melted wax on
just that part.
- Mix a light colored dye in a bucket or large bowl
- Put the cloth in the light colored dye.
- Let it dry.
- Decide what you want to remain that light color.
- Wax just the part you want to remain the light color.
- Dye it a second color that is darker than the first color.
- Again let it dry.
- If you want a third color, wax what you want to remain the
- Dye it a dark color and let it dry.
- Then wax all of the cloth.
- Put a paper bag smoothly under your work and over your work.
- Put newspaper under and over everything.
- Iron it until all of the wax is out of the batik.
- Exchange the paper for new sheets, if needed.
By Vanessa and Briana