For years I’ve found batik fascinating- it’s a traditional fabric colouring method that involves drawing designs with hot wax onto fabric, then dyeing. The wax protects the fabric, and once removed, you have a pretty design. BUT it’s time consuming, difficult, and not everyone has access to the materials and tools needed.
Enter: the easiest “batik” method ever!!
All you need is flour and water! Yup, that’s it.
I’m going to be using this to create a mandala tapestry on an old bed sheet. (Tip: instead of paying for fabric, buy a sheet from a thrift store. Its cheaper, and the edges are already hemmed 😉 )
Here’s how to make the batik flour paste:
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1.25 parts all purpose flour
- 1 part water
The amount you will need depends on how large your design is. I would recommend mixing as you go to avoid it drying out. I used 1.25 cups of flour and 1 cup water at a time!
Put it into a piping bag (or snip the corner of a plastic bag), and begin drawing your design on the fabric. Make sure you place some plastic underneath the sheet, as it will soak through.
If you’re a perfectionist (like me), you can draw your design in a washable marker beforehand. See the video below to see how I drew perfect circles.
ANYWAY, once you’ve finished your design, allow it to dry for 12-24 hours. It will turn darker, and should be completely dry to the touch.
Next, instead of submersion dyeing it (like the traditional batik method), we will be spraying fabric paint onto it.
Mix 1 part fabric paint and 5 parts water in a spray bottle (you could also sponge it on, if you don’t have a spray bottle). Spray the fabric paint all over the sheet- you can use as many colours as you want!
Allow it to completely dry, then peel off the flour paste. Heat set it with an iron (if your fabric paint instructs you to), and throw it in the washing machine to remove any residue of the flour paste.
And that’s it! If you want to see the video tutorial, I’ve embedded it below. x