Batik Method


Batik can be worked on many surfaces; cloth, paper, canvas and some plastics.

Like watercolour, the work is painted from light tones through to the darkest.  The palest dyes needed are applied and dried thoroughly. 

Hot wax (78deg) is then painted on to the areas you want keep. These waxed areas are then protected and darker areas are gradually built up, wax and then dye, finishing with the darkest tones.  The wax is then partially removed with an iron and old newspapers.

The brilliance of the dyes and the wax finish, never entirely removed, gives Batik its unique vibrancy. The wax also means that the picture is very durable to light and harmful atmosphere.

Diana Fenney 2010