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Picture of Handmade Batik Textiles with a Vinyl Stencil
Batik is an ancient method of dying fabric using a wax resist.
Using a vinyl stencil to facilitate your design is a quick and easy way to facilitate the process. The wax may be applied using several different techniques, but I found an electric batik pen to be the most effective when working with vinyl. You could also modify this process using a brush. 

What you'll need:
01.  Vinyl Cutter
02.  Fabric (natural fibers work best, I suggest cotton or linen, silk is also beautiful)
03.  Fabric Dye (I used Dye-Na-Flow by Jacquard)
04.  Batik Pen OR Wax Pot and Brush
05.  Bees Wax -You can buy a special Batik Wax, which is softer and flows easily. Normal bees wax will work fine.
06.  Clothes Iron & some scrap paper

This method is only recommended for small scale production.
Batik is a fairly labor-intensive process, if you are interested in producing larger quantities of fabric, I suggest screen printing instead.


Step 1: Prepare Vinyl

Picture of Prepare Vinyl
Prepare your vinyl piece. Keep in mind that the vinyl will be used as a stencil, so the areas you weed will be painted with wax (and therefor resist the fabric dye).

Detailed  instructions on how to create your vinyl sticker here.
 
nanaverm1 year ago

Very nice result! Thanks for your explanation.