DIY {batik printing}

I thought I’d share another idea…something I made for Christmas gifts. In middle school I had an art teacher named Jennifer Brown (I had her husband Rob Brown in high school too). In 7th or 8th grade she taught us how to do batik printing. I had so much fun and have always wanted to do it again…now decades later I finally did it! If anyone knows the Browns (I think they are still local) you should send them a link to this! It is pretty simple to do – in simplistic terms you:

Melt wax (I used beeswax from Hobby Lobby)

Apply wax to fabric (I used wood block and rods, flour sacks from Walmart for towels)

Dye fabric (I used Rit liquid dye, added HOT water & salt)

Dry fabric, iron out wax


Now those directions won’t really help too much. You can find better ones HERE courtesy of Martha Stewart.

Here’s my supplies, the wax melting, the fabric after the wax was applied

The dyeing process (some I dyed wine, then denim blue hence the purple), drying process

The final product…cute custom dish towels

There are endless options of what you could make and dye. This is a bit of a long process depending on how much and how big you do. It was a lot of fun for me though…I’m thinking of what I could do next!

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  • Michele V. - Those are adorable. You are one brave girl to do this inside your house. I’m thinking garage….

  • Lesley - These are so cute! Thanks for the set you gave me! I love how cute your pics are throughout the process! Thanks for posting, my only question, what did you use to make the patterns, or is it the wood blocks you mentioned?

    I had the Browns too, I never got this lesson!

  • Jeannette Swan - I love it and want to try – I don’t know if I’m brave enough though – it looks kind of hard. Maybe I will save it for summer when I can stay home all day and work on it!! I love reading the awesome ideas.

  • meg duerksen - these don’t even compare to mine!
    this is so much more work. you are funny. i love these. my sister would really love these.
    even though it’s a long process (and messy?) it looks like it must be very satisfying. i love big projects.

  • Kata - I LOVE your photography! Your blog is a total inspiration! I love to see the way other people look at things. Lovely.

  • Laura Meerholz - I made a batik in middle school also. I have always wanted to try it again. I just returned a book to the library about batik projects to do at home. You have inspired me to give it a try this summer!

  • Cat Thomas - love your ideas! πŸ™‚

  • Hannah - These would be so cool with an all-over design…I can picture them made into purses or throw-pillows. In fact, pillow cases would be cool!

  • Mary O - I made one piece in collage and they kept it in their permanent collection. Wished I had taken a picture back then. Been thinking about trying it again. Thanks for the heads up and sharing.