1. Using pencil and paper sketch a pattern, landscape, or other design such as flags, lettering, etc. The design must fill a long narrow space. Participants can be invited to take inspiration from their cultures and histories. When happy with the designs sketch very lightly onto a strip of fabric.
2. Demonstrate the batik line drawing process: Hot wax is melted in a batik pot and scooped up into a tjanting tool (see comments for alternatives to these) which holds a small bowl of liquid wax and drips down a spout onto fabric. Lines are drawn with the tool to create the design or pattern. Ensure the wax is hot enough to go through the piece of fabric. This will create a barrier preventing the dyes from soaking through. Participants take it in turns to use the hot wax to create the pattern they have drawn onto their fabric.
3. Once wax lines are complete, fabric can be painted using fabric dyes applied with a brush. The wax lines keep the dyes from spreading beyond and mixing with each other, and will preserve the colour of the fabric beneath. Some dyes will need to be fixed afterwards, others are fixed as part of the process by adding salt – check the instructions on the dyes you are using.
4. When dried the batik strips are placed between sheets of newsprint or newspaper and ironed, removing the wax by melting it and absorbing it into the paper. This step may be repeated several times to remove enough of the wax. The plain colour of the fabric is revealed beneath and the painted design stands out.
5. Strips can be placed or sown together to create a collaborative hanging or display, creating stripes showing a range of influences and backgrounds.