- Phoenician Study
- Timeline Figures, Books and Resources
- Make Phoenician Purple Dye
- Art Project- Phoenician Batiks Part 1
- Art Project- Phoenician Batiks Part 2 (You are here.)
Making Phoenician Batik ( Part 2)
First you must make your homemade dye or purchase dye for your batik. Then follow instructions for making your Batik Part 1. Before you dye your batik you must first apply your design with wax to block out areas you you don’t want to dye. The process is similar to wax resist with paper and paint but is applied to fabric design.
1. Now that you have the wax design on your fabric, you can dye it. I used my own homemade blueberry dye for a brilliant purple color like the Phoenicians. I let my Batik Bag soak for several hours. The longer you soak your fabric the darker it gets. Be sure the dye is completely cooled so it doesn’t melt the wax while staining the fabric.
*Please Note- You must add a fixative to make your dye truly permanent. For my purposes I didn’t do so. This project is more to help your child have the experience and a concept of natural dyes and techniques that were used in ancient times. So be aware that the days will wash out to varying degrees over time.
2. Rinse gently and remove excess dye. Allow to dry fully.
3. To remove wax, if you did not use a fixative, lift wax with an iron. Cover wax area with an absorbent towel of piece of scrap materials. You will be discarding the cloth you use. Iron over the cloth and the wax will melt into the scrap material!
*Note: If you used a fixative or a dye with a fixative you can boil the wax out of the cloth instead.
One of the things I really liked about how my batik came out was the crackled look I got from a more chunky application of the wax. when mixed it cracked bait allowing some tot the dye to go into the cracks. I actually thought it made for a neat effect. A few things I learned was that your material needs to be very absorbent. The more the better. I also found out that lifting the wax is also a bit tricky. If done again I would have used a more absorbent cloth to lift out the wax as well and I think I would shave had less run of wax into the material.
All in all we loved the lesson even though it was a challenge. And we learned a bunch more about making batiks. I think wight he right tools we could really perfect out techniques for lasting results. But for a history project this was a fantastic experience.
Have you ever made a Batik? Share you tips and tricks with us!
The following lists each lesson by civilization, what each lesson’s focus will be, and the media/project tutorial. (These are subject to change.)
- Prehistory– Cave Paintings- Painting the Ancient Way
- Sumerians – Ancient Writing -Cylinder Seals in Clay
- Egypt – Egyptian Art and Hieroglyphs- Multi Media/ Egyptian People Coming Soon!
- Assyrians and Babylonians – Glue Painting- Babylonian Art Lesson for Kids
- Phoenicians– Ancient Dyes– Batik Bags [Follow the 5 Day Series.]
- West Africa– Akuaba Wooden Doll- Scratch Art
- Minoan and Mycenaean– Early Greek Masks-Paper Mache Masks
- Persians– Persian Carpets and Decor- Paper Weaving
- China- Tangrams– Tessellating Birds
- Greece- Etruscan Vases- TBA
- Rome- Mosaics- TBA
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