Batik on Paper

Batik on Paper

My local art group met in December and we created artwork on paper using batik techniques. Batik uses wax to apply the design and then the piece is dyed in multiple layers. Usually this is done on fabric. We were trying an idea we had seen in Cloth, Paper, Scissors to apply the wax to paper with tjanting tools and then paint with ink.

Here is everyone getting started.

And a little closer look. We all did a variety of designs.

This is where Paula was setting up some ink to paint her designs. I didn’t get any photos after that because I got too involved in the process. I was working on some small Christmas designs so I would have some cards to give people. When I was creating them, I decided they would have to be like ugly Christmas sweaters because they were pretty ugly. The tjanting tool I was using was quite large and the wax came out very quickly so the details were lost. And I was pretty messy with the wax. After the wax dries on the paper, the ink is applied. Once the ink dries, the paper is placed between newsprint and ironed to remove the wax. We used soy wax so it melts easily and at a lower temperature than beeswax.

And here are the results after ironing and cropping. I used the type of cards that the design fits into a small frame except for one tree which I didn’t want to trim down. I actually like the ones that look more abstract where the detail was lost. And they weren’t as ugly as I thought they were going to be. I have used them all up and perhaps, I will try this again to make more cards. It was a fairly quick process.

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20 thoughts on “Batik on Paper

  1. Hi, I really what seem to look like a simple technique. You were using special inks? What kind of products could you use for that project? Were is your group located? UK, USA, Canada? Thanks! Lorraine, Ottawa, Canada

    “Time is your creation to shape and play with”


    1. Thanks Lorraine, I am in Kalispell, Montana USA. We used acrylic inks. Two possible brands are Dr. P.h. Martin’s or Daler Rowley FW Artists Ink. Soy wax is readily available as well. And yes, the technique is pretty simple.

    1. Thanks! This is a pretty simple technique and I doubt that I will create a class for this. You just draw on paper with soy wax and then paint with acrylic inks. The last step is to iron out the wax.

  2. Love the cards, Ruth, especially the zigzag tree, but it’s great to have such variety & a unique card for each of your recipients. I’m sure they’ll be very happy to receive them.

  3. They look great, Ruth! I’ve just tidied one of my rooms and have a clear work table and my first thought was ‘I wonder if our art shop has batik supplies?’ 🙂

    1. Thanks Zed! A clear work table? Wow, what fun. I have to clear mine off soon because we have company coming and they are going to use my studio room. I hope you find some batik supplies, it was fun.

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