Batik Prints (Part II)

Today we continued with our batik printing. After drawing out the design on paper to act as a stencil, melted wax was applied to the fabric with the tjenting tool. This was quite fiddly but the end results looked very effective. Next, colour was painted on using a strong pigment called Brusho. The colour soaked into the fabric but was resisted where the wax was applied. This is what creates the distinctive batik effect.

Meanwhile, the children also had to construct a frame from pieces of 1cm wide batons of wood. They had to measure and cut carefully, before the pieces were joined together.

The final stage will be to iron off the wax, leaving the colour and attach the print to the frame. The end results will, I’m sure, look amazing.

All the children worked really hard to produce this artwork and enjoyed the opportunity to be creative after a very tiring week.

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