How to Batik: Stretch Frame

by Gene on March 20, 2012

I am going to preface this post by saying that this is not the only way you can go about stretching your cloth to create your batik.  There are certainly any number of ways to accomplish this.  Feel free to get creative, use whatever you like.  I have read other entries online that describe just laying the cloth on some newspaper, I wouldn’t recommend this, it affects how the wax behaves as you add it to the cloth and will basically make your life more difficult and creating your batik less fun.

Stretch Frame

Batik FrameTo build the frames that I am using I just found some old pieces of moulding made with MDF that I had laying around my garage.  It really doesn’t matter what type of wood you use as long as you can screw or nail it together and make it sturdy enough to support your batik while you are working on it. [click to continue…]

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How to Batik: Cloth

by Gene on March 20, 2012

Batik Cloth

How to BatikOne of the first supplies you are going to need is the batik cloth.  There are a few things to keep in mind when you go about acquiring some for yourself.

  • You can purchase this at your local fabric store, or you can find it online and have it shipped to your door.
  • Quality Unbleached MuslinIt is possible to use an old bed sheet but I wouldn’t recommend it.  The material needs to be 100% cotton so don’t get anything that has any kind of a blend with poly or other types of man made fibers and it is actually rather inexpensive to go buy a good quality muslin or tight weave cotton.  At the time of writing this article the cost is only $3.40/yard – 38″ wide.  There is also a quantity discount available. You can see the current cost for quality unbleached muslin here. [click to continue…]

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How to Batik: Two Methods

March 19, 2012

Are you thinking this looks kind of fun and that you might just like to give it a shot.  I say…”go for it!”  Batik is really fun and the final piece of artwork that you get to enjoy is well worth the effort that you put into it.  While you probably won’t be able to […]

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The Frog, Gecko and The Schoolyard Batik Wall Hangings

March 16, 2012

It has been quite a run with these 3 batik wall hangings.  Looking back, I don’t think I am going to work on 3 at a time again.  Two at once works just fine because you can share the wax, share the dye once it is mixed up and sometimes you can even share a […]

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The Schoolyard, Gecko, and the Frog Wall Hangings

March 16, 2012

This has been an interesting week and a half.  I have been working on these three batiks for what feels like a rather long time.  In my last post I discussed adding color to each of the batik wall hangings, a very fun part of the process because your creation starts to take on a […]

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Dyeing the Schoolyard, Gecko, and the Frog

March 10, 2012

Yesterday was crazy.  After getting the kids ready and off to school I started right into getting things ready to add color to three batik wall hangings I am working on.  I currently had three ready so I figured I would just do them all at the same time.  I have since learned that this […]

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Gecko and The Schoolyard

March 6, 2012

I started the day today staring at a blank piece of cloth with artist’s block (I’ve no idea if that is an actual term or not but if it isn’t, it should be.)  In the end I started two new batiks that are quite different from my other works.  I was also able to shoot […]

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Dye Bath for “Some Fish” Batik Wall Hanging

March 1, 2012

I am really trying to get used to this process of creating videos while working on my batiks.  It is probably going to take me some time to get to a point where I am comfortable with it.  I’m sure that a lot of people are this way but I don’t like looking at myself […]

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Some Fish and The Frog

February 28, 2012

Today has been a good day, I’m only half way through and I have gotten a lot done.  It’s kind of funny, after writing that first post about the stress that I feel while working on a batik, it has been fresh in my mind and I have really noticed it today.  I’m going to […]

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Batik – An Emotional Roller Coaster

February 27, 2012

An Emotional Roller Coaster Over the past couple of weeks I have been mulling over how I want to set up this website and what type of content I will add in addition to the batiks that I create to make it an interesting site to visit.  I didn’t want to just add the traditional […]

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