I just came acrosss Canadian House & Home TV’s segment on making a framed batik picture. It’s lovely and they provide a step-by-step demonstration on how to batik (not sure if it’s a verb, but what the heck). The TV segment has the full instructions, but here’s my abridged version:
1. Start by melting a pot of paraffin wax. Use a clean piece of fabric large enough to fit in the picture frame. (make sure to lay down some paper first, to protect the surface you’re working on). Paint the pattern that you would like to remain the color of the canvas. When you’re finished, turn it over and paint wax on the design from the other side.
2. Use diluted fabric dye and dip the entire canvas in it. Make sure the canvas is completely saturated with the dye.
3. Allow the batik to dry and fray the edges by pulling threads off.
4. Mount the fabric in your favorite frame.