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by lee mei li
Wax it: Mix wax with watercolour to create batik-like motifs. – Photos and video by LEE MEI LI
Instead of scrambling to find a candle, though, try using wax crayons. Pick the lightest colour (white, if possible) you can find and use it to etch out your design on paper. Paint on a thin layer of watercolour and watch as your motif magically takes shape.
If you’d like to go past paper, just repeat the entire process on fabric, which we’ve done in the accompanying tutorial.
Draw the design yourself and let the kids have fun filling in the colours. It’s okay if they don’t paint within the lines. When the colours merge, they may just pick up a thing or two about mixing hues – red and blue makes purple, blue and yellow makes green and so on.
In line with our National Day celebrations, why not make a set of hibiscus-themed batik coasters? Happy Merdeka!
Skill level: Easy
Time required: 15 minutes
Stuff you’ll need (below): Muslin cloth, hemp fabric, scissors, pinking shears, watercolour paint, paintbrush, cup of water, wax crayon, glue tape and an old magazine.
1. With your pinking shears, cut up the muslin cloth into coaster-size squares.
2. Use a wax crayon to draw a motif onto the cloth. Make sure that all the lines are connected. Lighter crayons, like yellow, seem to work best; a darker colour is used here for clarity purposes.
3. Layer the old magazine beneath the cloth. Start painting your motif one colour at a time. Use less paint, more water; water will help the paint spread. Change to a fresh cup of water each time you paint a new colour to avoid the unintentional mixing of hues. Leave the piece to air-dry or use a hair dryer to speed up the process.
4. Trim the cloth edges to neaten the piece.
5. Cut the hemp fabric into squares to match the size of your finished batik piece.
6. Roll glue tape onto the back of the batik piece and smooth it onto the hemp square.
Lee Mei Li gets her crafty inspirations from making ‘amigurumi’, a type of Japanese crochet doll. Meet her woven whimsies at www.amiguruMEI.com. E-mail her at email@example.com.
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