Batik in Easy Steps – Step Two

After the initial batik project, applying wax and using a single immersion in the dye bath, it is now time to take a second step.

The next assignment is to study color. The aim is to produce a piece of work that goes through all of the designated colors until it reaches the final purple.

From yellow to purple through red

o White / yellow – 1st immersion Yellow dye bath
o White / yellow / orange – 2nd immersion Red dye bath
o White / yellow / orange / red – 3rd immersion deeper Red dye bath
o White / yellow / orange / red / purple – 4th immersion Navy dye bath


The first step of the procedure is to draw or find a design that will lend itself to this process. A simple design is probably best at this stage as the application of the wax is a learned skill and needs practice to apply well. Take your design and looking at the dye plan above, decide where each color is to go. It is probably best to draw out your plan on paper first so that it is clear to you where you need to wax and where you need to keep wax free.

Yellow to purple through red

Apply the wax using a brush or tjanting to the white fabric in the places that you wish to keep white, then immerse in the yellow dye bath. Agitate for the first five minutes then leave in the dye for a further fifteen minutes, dry overnight to let the dye set.

Next, apply the wax to the yellow fabric in the places that you wish to remain yellow. Immerse in the red dye bath (as the yellow)

The third step is to apply the wax to the orange fabric in the places that you wish to remain orange. Immerse in the deer red dye bath (as yellow)

The final stage is to wax the areas that are to remain deep red and then finally immerse the fabric in the navy dye bath, agitate the bath and leave the fabric in until it reaches the desired shade of purple, bearing in mind that the color will look considerably deeper while the fabric is wet, so do not be tempted to remove it until you are sure the color is what you are trying to achieve.

Dry overnight and then remove wax by boiling out.

Boiling the fabric will also take out a reasonable amount of the color so it is very important that the dyes are strong and fixed as per the previous dye recipe. Boiling the fabric leaves it manageable and soft so it can be used for any purpose. The alternative way of removing the wax is to iron it out onto sheets of unprinted clean newsprint or brown paper. This leaves the fabric quite stiff but the colors are much brighter. Although not suitable for clothing, these fabrics can be used for many craft projects from lining the insides of craft boxes to inspired cards using craft papers and fabric pieces.

Source by Sean Mac Robin

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