Step 1: Resist and Dye

Concept.

A  batik design is built up layer by layer of wax (paraffin) and colour, starting with the lighter tints and working through to the darkest, using a sequence of wax and dye. Each layer of colour will mix with the previous one giving rise to a new colour. 

Play the Video to see the first stage of the Batik process.

Important Tips

  • Wait for paraffin to get hot before applying it. 

  • Work in a very well ventilated space.

  • Remember that there aren´t mistakes in Batik, so if a drop falls on a non-planned area, you can incorporate it into the design.

  • ­Wait for the work dries naturally (don´t use a hairdryer) as the development and fixation of colour is better. 

  • Clean the brushes after dyeing.

  • Avoid leaving the brushes into the pot for a long time, as they burn faster.

Step 2 and 3: Resist and Dye

Repeating the process.

The resist and dyeing process is repeated over and over, building up the design and the colours you require. 

Two colours are enough to produce a special effect, but it is important to remember that the more layers of resist, the most colourful and complex will be the finished work.

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