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
Detailed instructions on how to create your vinyl sticker here.
Step 2: Apply Resist
Once your wax is hot, begin painting the fabric. Leave a slight overlap over the vinyl, to ensure that you cover the entire stencil, but it is important to work in broad, smooth strokes. Be careful not to rest in one spot too long, the wax will seep under the vinyl and create blobs. In this case, I wanted a rougher/handmade quality, so I didn't worry about it too much.
Step 3: Dye Fabric
Apply your fabric dye (you can use any kind of dye you like, this one is painted on)