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How to make Wax Batik Paper: A Creative DIY Guide for Art & Craft Enthusiasts

How to make Wax Batik Paper
How to make Wax Batik Paper

Creating Wax Batik Papers

Welcome to "Ideas for Art"! Today, we're diving into the world of wax batik papers. These decorative papers are perfect for collage, bookmaking, card making, scrapbooking, and gift tags.

Materials Needed:
Materials Needed:

Let's get started!

Materials Needed:

Step 1: Printing with Wax

  1. Heat the wax in the electric wax pot until it becomes liquid.

  2. Place the tjap (printing tool) into the wax to heat.

  3. Press the heated tjap firmly onto white cartridge paper for a few seconds.

  4. Lift the tjap carefully to reveal the wax design on the paper.

  5. Repeat until the paper is covered in wax designs.

  6. When not in use, place the tjap on newspaper to avoid drips.

Dyeing your Paper
Dyeing your Paper

Step 2: Dyeing your Paper

  1. Allow the wax impressions to dry for a few seconds.

  2. Apply dye or ink directly over the wax designs, starting with the lightest colour.

  3. Let the dyed paper dry thoroughly for about 30 minutes.

  4. Repeat the wax printing process over the dyed paper.

  5. Apply a deeper shade of dye or ink over the paper.

Ironing your Paper
Ironing your Paper

Step 3: Ironing your Paper

  1. Place the waxed and dyed paper between two sheets of newspaper.

  2. Set your iron to a high temperature.

  3. Slowly iron the newspaper to melt and remove the wax.

  4. Repeat this process twice more to remove all wax residue.

  5. Admire your finished paper with its vibrant colours and wax-resist designs.

Wax Batik Paper
Wax Batik Paper

Step 4: Health and Safety

  1. Take care when handling hot wax to avoid burns.

  2. If burned, place the affected area under running cold water until the burning sensation stops.

  3. Work carefully and sensibly to prevent accidents.

That's it!

You've created your own beautiful wax batik papers.

Enjoy using them for various art projects, and let your creativity flow. Have fun, and remember to stay safe while creating art!

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