Batik is when you use hot wax to make a design on fabric and then paint or dye the material. The area with the wax doesn’t dye and the design remains. This is a complicated and potentially dangerous craft, especially if you’re like me and always get burned when working with hot products.
I heard of using glue instead of hot wax, but that involves soaking the glue and trying to pull it off the material once dyed. I’m lazy and hate extra work. I tested several types of glue and found one type of glue that works the best for simple Batik.
What You Need:
- White cotton material
- Tacky glue
1) Spread the material over the cardboard. If using a shirt, place the cardboard inside the shirt. This keeps the glue from going through the material and sticking to the other side.
2) Draw a design on the material using the tacky glue like a marker.
3) Let the glue dry at least six hours or overnight.
4) Prepare the dye according to the directions on the packaging. Use cold water even if the packaging calls for hot water.
5) Soak the material in the dye. Stir it around with the tongs a few times. Let the materials soak a half-hour longer than the dye packaging suggests.
6) Rinse the material in cold water. Wash the material in the washer using warm water. Dry the washed material in the dryer.
1) I use Aleene’s Tacky Glue. It works great because the glue washes out while the material is in the warm washer, but not when it is in the cold water dye bath. You don’t have to pull any glue off your material.
2) Cotton material dyes the darkest.
3) You can draw a design on your material using a pencil, but be warned that sometimes pencil will not wash off.
4) If you have a light box, place a printed design on the light box, place the material on the design, and then trace the design with the glue. You can make intricate designs this way.