A bit on batik

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Have some wax crayons at hand? Let’s make some batik-like coasters!

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Stuff you’ll need: Muslin cloth, hemp fabric, scissors, pinking shears, watercolour paint, paintbrush, cup of water, wax crayon, glue tape and an old magazine.

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1. With your pinking shears, cut up the muslin cloth into coaster-size squares.

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2. Use a wax crayon to draw a motif onto the cloth. Make sure that all the lines are connected. Lighter crayons, like yellow, seem to work best; a darker colour is used her for clarity purposes.

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3. Layer the old magazine beneath the cloth. Start painting your motif one colour at a time. Use less paint, more water; water will help the paint spread. Change to a fresh cup of water each time you paint a new colour to avoid the unintentional mixing of hues. Leave the piece to air-dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process.

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4. Trim the cloth edges to neaten the piece.

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5. Cut the hemp fabric into squares to match the size of your finished batik piece.

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6. Roll glue tape onto the back of the batik piece and smooth it onto the hemp square.

And here’s a video to sum it all up:

 

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