How to make Batik Fabric with Crayons

This is a great way to make your own brightly colored batik fabric using crayons!  A vintage craft come to life!

how to make batik fabric with crayons

I’m always looking through my vintage craft magazines for fresh ideas, and every now and then I pick one and run with it. As a quilter, I’ve always had a preference for batik fabrics. I love the vibrant colors! Well, if you have been following my blog for any time, you probably already know that I love me some color. And the idea of using a resist to block color in areas is something that I love doing with my Ukrainian eggs. So, a mix of color and resist dyeing with crayons just seemed right up my alley.

Now before I go any further, I’m betting there was probably an easier way to do this. But I will tell you how I did it, using my instructions that came from a 1956 Workbasket magazine and a few edits thrown in from me when I ran across some minor roadblocks.

For this project I used:

100% Cotton fabric (light color)
Fabric Spray Paint Color: Ashpalt
Black Fabric Pen
Cheap paintbrushes
Muffin Tin
Deep Dish Griddle

making batik fabric with crayons

Cut the light fabric into two 12” squares. I wanted a colorful town street scene, so I drew in pencil the basic design that I wanted.  You could also use a coloring book page or other fun design.

how to make batik fabric with crayons

Add crayon pieces to the muffin tin.  To melt the crayons, use a deep dish griddle, add water to it and float the muffin tin in it.  Keep the water at a simmer, and it allows the crayons to stay melted in this make-shift double boiler.

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