Friday, 6 May 2011

Wax crayon batik

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across this post from the endlessly inspiring Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom and I knew I had to give it a go. It then took me a while to find the perfect item to create with the technique. This method calls for blocks of solid colour and I tend to lean towards linear images so even coming up with a design took some thought, but then it came to me. We have some very dear friends who have just moved home - they're the friends I painted the picture for in this post - and now they're there we want to send them a card. We've seen photos of the cottage they're moving into and it's painted pink. Yes, pink! Inspiration hits at last!

So now our friends have a custom made 'welcome to your new home' card and I've had a chance to dabble in the technique. It was fun, and I also did a quick butterfly image on another scrap of fabric for Midi (she likes her butterflies).

However, it didn't rock my boat as much as I thought it might. It's a nice little technique though, and I'm sure one day I'll have a light bulb moment and think of something I really have to do with it. Maybe just not this week.

One of the things I'm not sure about is using it for clothes. I had initially thought I could appliqué the butterfly on to a top for Midi but I doubt it would stand up to repeated washing and, despite lots of ironing to get the wax out, it is still quite stiff. Maybe I should try putting it through a wash cycle to see what would happen. I think I'm more likely to pop it into a little frame to go on her wall though.


  1. Very pretty!! Yes, you are right, the wax is very difficult to get out. And the color will fade a bit with repeated washings. That is why I went in the direction of pillows.

    The method to the madness needs some refining, but I really do love the end result!!


    PS- if you don't mind, I'd love to feature your project on my blog in my Features and Thank you's post at the end of the month.

  2. Gorgeous! Would be beautiful on a throw or bedcover? x

  3. Suzy, I would be more than honoured to feature in your blog! Thank you! You've inspired me plenty so getting a link back really would make my day. :)

    The results are marvellous aren't they? Since doing these I've been coming up with more ideas so the melted crayons might be coming out again sooner than I anticipated!

  4. Ms Earthly, you are a genius. Your comment got me thinking to quilts and then to an idea I've been brewing for some time, for a miniature play/change mat that I could roll up and take out and about for Mini. I can picture it now using a larger image in this technique.

    I hold you fully responsible for this next round of crafting madness...


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