Batik fabric art is simple to create using glue and craft paint. Follow this simple tutorial to make a beautiful wall hanging.
As a child of the seventies I’m continually surprised by how many techniques I see coming back in style. Have you noticed all the macrame hanging planters? At the salon you will probably see someone having a balayage treatment, and tie dying is being used to create a myriad of projects. Another throw back, similar to tie dye or “Shibori” is batik fabric art.
Batik Fabric Art Wall Hanging
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Traditionally this technique was performed by painting wax on fabric, and then dying the fabric with indigo dye. The result is beautiful. However, it is time consuming, and very messy. I wanted to try a similar technique which uses glue instead of wax, and simple fabric or craft paints to create a pretty wall hanging.
I thought about using leaves from the garden to make the design, similar to the leaf print drop cloth pillows I made for the porch last year.
Instead, I traced a circle of leaves with a marking pencil, and used the outlines as a guide to make a simple pattern.
The purple glue makes it easy to see your design, and all I did was draw over the outlined leaves, drew in some veins, and added a few swirls and dots.
Let the glue dry completely. It will turn white and feel dry to the touch.
Then paint over your pattern with craft or fabric glue. Since this is a simple wall hanging I used regular craft paint. If you want to be able to wash the design, I would suggest using fabric paints.
Next you can rinse out the paint in the sink, or let it sit longer for a more saturated look. I was going for a washed out antique look, so I rinsed it out pretty quickly.
The napkin I was using had a nice hem, large enough to slip a wood dowel into for hanging.
You can buy indigo dye kits online if you want to go the traditional route. Beeswax is supposedly better for writing, and then you will need to iron the wax off the fabric, using paper on top to absorb the wax.
However, this batik fabric art wall hanging method was simple process, and I love the way it turned out.