Technique of the Week #39 – Soy Wax Batik

Yr 4 week 39Project Hours: 4 hours
Design and Materials: 1 hour
Execution: 3 hours +
After being so awful at Batiking, I thought that trying my hand at this again was going to be a disaster.  Soy wax is MUCH easier to deal with than the Jaquard beeswax batik wax.  In fact, I love the fabrics I made using the Soy Wax.  The cleanup was much easier, as you can iron out the fabric much easier than the other stuff.
Wax batik fabricsThere’s tons of soy wax batik instructions out there, but this was taught to me by Jeannie Palmer Moore at CREATE Chicago sometime ago.  We used paint in this class to color the fabrics, which I suppose you could use thickened dyes, etc.  We used acrylic paint, and it worked out great.  The hand of the fabric was not stiff or hard to sew through as the other batik fabric I made.
I can see myself using this much more than the other stuff, and the soy wax is easy to find.