Batik fabric art is simple to create using glue and craft paint. Follow this simple tutorial to make this relief technique into a beautiful wall hanging.
Batik Fabric Art 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 throwback, similar to tie-dye or "Shibori" is batik fabric art.
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 making 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 paint. 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 a simple process, and I love the way it turned out.
- Cotton fabric or Napkins
- Colored Elmer's Glue
- Craft or Fabric Paint
- Wooden dowel or rod
- Ribbon or wire
- Trace a circle of leaves with a marking pencil and use the outlines as a guide making a simple pattern.
- Use colored glue to go over the outlined leaves. Then add some veins, and a few swirls and dots.
- Let the glue dry completely. It will turn white and feel dry to the touch.
- Then paint over the entire piece with craft or fabric paint.
- Next, you can rinse out the paint in the sink, or let it sit longer for a more saturated look.
- To hang, slip a dowel rod into the hem of the napkin and attach a ribbon or twine.