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RE: [teacherartexchange] Batik Question


From: Judi Morgan (judi.morgan_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Feb 10 2006 - 10:05:55 PST

I agree. We have never thickened our dye, but the students learn that
when they paint the resist lines, the wax should absorb into the fabric
"like water", if it looks "milky" it isn't hot enough and won't
penetrate. Some fabric bleeds the dye more easily than others. These
fabrics are better for creating white lines by outlining with wax FIRST.
Heavier fabric is more easily controlled so you can leave a space around
the shapes to create black line.

Judi Morgan
Saint George's School
2929 W. Waikiki Road
Spokane, WA 99208

-----Original Message-----
From: Maggie White []
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 9:40 AM
To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Batik Question


When my HS students did batik, we used the regular Dylon dyes, mixed
according to instructions. In all my research and experience, I don't
recall advice to mix the dyes thicker. The trick to keep the dye in its

place is to make sure the resist really penetrates the fabric. I hope
you washed the fabric first to remove the sizing. You didn't say if you

were using wax or paste resist, but the wax has to be very hot to
penetrate (I've not used the paste). If it's not penetrating to the
other side, brush resist on the back as well. Paint the dyes on as

Good luck,


Wendy wrote:

>I am doing a modified batik lesson with my 5th
>graders. This week we are laying down the resist over
>our line drawings. I have plenty of dyes, however, in
>my research, I have learned that in order to paint
>them on the fabric, they should be thicker so they
>don?t leak into unwanted areas. My question is-do you
>know of any (preferably inexpensive) way to thicken
>the dye without stiffening the fabric?

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