Wax Crayons and School Dye Batik Design
LEVEL: Primary School.
Paper Batik Design
With Wax Crayons and School Dyes:
Batik is a centuries-old art form that involves painting melted wax on fabric and then dipping the fabric in dye. But here is a simple project for children to make a colourful batik effect with paper wax crayons.
You will need the following:
: FAS Painting Dye or FAS Fun Dye.
: Wax crayons in bold colours.
: Sheets of paper.
: Apron and sheets of newspapers – plus paper towels – for clean-up.
Let's get started:
Prepare a flat surface work area with a newspaper and put on the aprons.
Use the wax crayons to make a picture, a motif, or a design. Work heavily, laying down plenty of colourful wax crayons.
Then crumble the picture, flatten it and crumple it again. This can be done several times to obtain a crumpled batik effect.
Smooth out the picture and make it flat.
Now paint lightly with one FAS dye colour into the crayon's cracks. Next, turn the picture over onto the newsprint paper and smooth the picture so the newspaper absorbs the excess dye.
Allow drying time:
- One colour of dye works best
- Plastic crayons do not work.
- Try not to use too much dye; just a light brushing over.
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