Batik is a traditional Indonesian craft, which uses a technique of drawing wax on fabric to create patterns before dying. Your child can use glue instead of wax, and a sheet of paper as fabric for this fun project.
What You Need:
- Sketch paper and pencil
- White paper
- Watercolor paints
What You Do:
- Invite your child to look at examples of batik artwork online or at your local library. Batik is an ancient art form where cloth is drawn on with a tool called a canting, which is a thin container, like a pen, filled with melted wax. Then, the fabric is dyed, traditionally with brown or blue dye.
- Your child can create a sketch for his batik design before beginning to work on his paper. Traditional designs use nature as influence, such as flowers or birds, alongside geometric patterns and lines.
- Now he can replicate that sketch onto a fresh sheet of white paper, using a glue bottle as a canting. Encourage him to take his time and focus on his design, honing his fine motor skills and attention to detail.
- After the glue has dried, he can get out his watercolor paints and paint between the lines of glue using either blue or brown.
- Once his batik creation is finished, he can hang it on his wall for others to see!
Did You Know: Some nobility, such as the Royal Javanese Family on the island of Java, only wear certain patterns of batik fabric. Some batik cloth is even dusted with gold for ceremonies!