Friday, 16 March 2012

Resistance is futile: Batik

All through the years as a crafter, you have heard about "faux-batik". This technique has been going for years. I remember the first time I heard about it was when I started crafting over 10 years ago.
But today, we are going to talk about the 'real' batik, when wax was (and still is) used as a resist on fabric.
I'm not going to go on and on about the traditional batik, but if  you are interested, you can always read more about it over at Wiki's:
Back to today, if ONE of our DT member would have a fancy tool to make real batik, it would be IsasArt :) Having said that, you can replace that tool (called tjanting) with your favourite melting pot and a brush. Although I think the tjanting looks pretty cool, don't you?

 Isa'sArt started by stamping the winged heart and coloured the heart with the Aquamarker pen. She then used her tjanting (that's when you use a brush) to add drops of hot wax on the fabric

She let the wax cool (which does not take long), inked and sprayed the fabric and removed the wax with an iron as we do with the faux-batik technique (see Wednesday's post).
Et voilà

Stamp: Andy Skinner Gothic
Cosmic Shimmer Mist Twilight black 
Distress Stains: Frayer burlap - antique linen, 
Aquamarker: raspberry


  1. Well you learn something new everyday! I had seen the tool before but had no idea it was called a tjanting. Great effect!


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