The wonderful art teacher at the school I teach at had an in-house artist for a week who was working with the kids on making batik. The teacher invited all the rest of us teachers in on the fun and I jumped at the chance. Knowing me by now, you can tell I wasn’t going to do your run-of-the-mill style batik, and I didn’t.
It was interesting how we went through the process but I won’t bore you will all the details. But instead of just dipping the fabric into vats of dye where we would essentially overlay the colors by adding more wax to preserve that layer before dipping it in a new layer, we did wax outlines and then painted the dye on like watercolor. It was super fun and something to look forward to as the end of the year crazies are kicking in for students and teachers alike.
So here is my jungle batik. I haven’t decided where I will display it but odds are good it might end up in my classroom next to the two fish I made out of recyclable materials. That or maybe as a flag on my car. Who knows.
P.S. My art teacher friend showed me a picture of the batik that she made for her son last year. She ended up turning it into a pillow and it was probably one of the best pillows I’ve ever seen. “Why?” you ask?….Her son’s friend’s roommate’s cat or something ran out of the house one day and they felt bad and obviously wanted to find it. Well, to make the hunt for the meower easier, they decided to buy bikes. Not like used bikes but hundreds-of-dollars bikes. Yeah. Dedication right there. Anyway, my friend decided to make a batik of a cat riding a bike to give it to her son. So she did. Awesome. I’ll see if I can get a copy of the picture and post it up here for all to enjoy.