Welcome to the batikwaxshirts treasure page.

make your logo appear magically in the dyed area
accent with marker

You can use a combination of wax and dye to create some excellent shirt designs.

The method is called BATIK. It can be used to create logos or artwork that appear to "float" on the shirt. People will ask, "Hey how'd you do that?"

All you do is create a design or logo, place it under a white cotton shirt, and then paint over the design with liquid hot wax, then dip the shirt in dye, or paint dye over top of the wax. The wax will prevent any dye from penetrating the fibers of the shirt.

We used a tie-dye approach here, but any dye method that involves cold water will work.

After the shirt is rinsed of excess dye and allowed to air dry, you simply iron out the wax into several sheets of clean paper towels.

If you want to learn how, look below.

You can batik on most natural fiber material, like cotton, silk, and linen. We usually use 100% cotton

Try it on shirts, hats, dresses, socks, pillowcases, just about anything that you could iron the wax out of.

You'll need a coffee can, some old white candles or some paraffin wax, *dye, and one or two old paint brushes, an iron, several sheets of absorbant paper towel.

Note: the brushes will only be able to be used for wax afterwards.

*We use Dylon Cold dye. If you don't have a local arts and crafts store availlable, you can get the dye and other batik supplies, along with any other art supply imaginable, from the Sax Arts and Crafts catalog. Call 800-558-6696. This supply catalog will amaze you.

iron first Be sure to iron your material first, so you will have a smooth surface on which to apply the wax.
apply the logo or design

Place a piece of cardboard or plywood under the material, and tape your design to it.

Then tape the material securely.

We recommend you tape the back of the material too, so that it wont shift while you apply the wax.
be sure to use a double boiler

Place the wax or broken candle pieces in the coffee can, and place the can in a saucepan containing about 2 inches of water.

Heat on high until the wax melts completely, then lower the heat slightly.

apply the wax

Dip the paintbrush in the liquid wax and paint over your design. Be sure that the wax penetrates the fibers completely.

Be careful not to drip any wax where you don't want it.

then dye

Once your design is completely covered with wax, you will need to crinkle the material. This will put fine cracks in the wax that will leave tiny bits of wax through and create the cool batik effect.

Then mix up your choice of dye, and dip material into the dye bath.

wear rubber gloves Be careful when working with dye. It can be really wicked on your hands. So wear your rubber gloves.
ironit out

After the dyed material has been rinsed thoroughly, let it air dry.

To get the wax out, fold clean paper towels and place them behind and on top of the wax. Then use a hot dry iron pressing firmly and moving across the waxed area slowly.

The heat will melt the wax out of the material, and the paper towels will absorb it.

iron till it's all out

You will need to move the paper towel to a fresh area as it gets saturated.

Keep ironing until no more wax will absorb out.

make your logo appear magically in the dyed area The final look is cool. People will wonder how you did it.
accent with a marker If you want the design to stand out more dramatically, you can always use a laundry marker or a color safe, permanent marker to outline the edges.
put your own logos all over Have fun making your own cool designs.


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