Hi there! My name’s Christine -and you can normally find me at My Kitchen My Craft but today I am taking over Aniko’s blog here at Place of My Taste to share a collaboration she brought me in on with STENCIL REVOLUTION. We are all pretty darn psyched about how this Large Wall Art Batik project turned out!
But first, have you heard about this company called STENCIL REVOLUTION!? They are a family owned and operated biz based right here in the good ol’ US of A! They personally cut and ship every order from sunny Florida. I love spending my dollars supporting small businesses, families and friends right here in America- make sure you check them out.
STENCIL REVOLUTION Large Batik Wall Art
I ordered this sweet 35″ x 35″ Arabesque Stencil to get this project underway and it arrived in just a few short days. I was so excited when I got home and saw this…
So, I quickly opened it to check it out and was pleasantly surprised when it came out rolled in a heavy brown paper- that was PERFECT for my project! I was about to be dripping wax all through this baby to make my batik and the paper they sent with it was plenty sturdy enough to keep the wax from dripping through to my table.
- STENCIL REVOLUTION stencil of choice (I used Arabesque)
- Fabric- I used 1 1/2 yards of muslin (any cotton will do)
- 1-2 12″ Candles and lighter
- Dye- pick your favorite color-or colors!
- Squirt bottle- for the dye
- Garden hose or source of water
- 2 Towels (or 1 cut in half) or heavy material that you don’t mind ruining with wax
Materials to hang (optional):
You could easily use this as a throw, a tacked tapestry, even a beach wrap or beach blanket- or about 100 other things. If you do choose to hang it the way I did here is what you need.
- Sewing machine or needle and thread to make simple top and bottom rod pocket.
- 2 dowels- 1 for top and 1 for bottom.
- rope or cord
- 2 screw in hooks
To start, find a space that is large enough to keep your project flat. Have your paper or some heavy barrier laid out on your work space to protect it from the hot wax. Then lay out your fabric on that and your stencil on top as the final layer.
I have always heard you should pre-wash fabric before working with it so I did. Not sure how important that step is but I would say to do it if you have the time.
Light your candle and start dripping. The wax doesn’t get super duper hot so I would drip a few drops and then smear it in to the edges of the cut out I was working on. I started in the center.
Now you can get creative here- you don’t have to use all the available design. I used a lot of it but left off a few edge cutouts to get less of a square shape. Just go with what feels good and appeals to your eye.
Just keep dripping and smearing until the entire area you want to cover is complete. Remember the area you wax will be the white/light. The dye will not take on the waxed area. The dye will color the area without the wax- or around the wax.
When you’re done just gently pull the stencil off the fabric. I went back and popped off the remaining wax with a spatula and a good shake so it is ready to use again for my next project. These are really sturdy stencils that can be used multiple times and will definitely hold up!
I took the fabric out to the yard and pinned the corners with some seashells- LOL I have lots from when I lived on Ocracoke Island- but that’s a story for another day! You can certainly use rocks or whatever else you have on hand.
Next I mixed my dye and squirted it around- all over the fabric like a crazy lady! You do NOT have to be careful here. Squirt the dye all over the fabric.
Now, spray gently with the hose allowing the water and dye to soak in as you go.
Add more dye and more water as needed to achieve the look you want- especially if your husband and kids are already watching you like you’ve lost your mind. Singing and talking to the fabric while adding water and color is an added bonus for the audience. 🙂
When you are satisfied with your Large Wall Art Batik piece- lay that sucker out to dry! Now is the perfect time for a wine break… or a martini with blue cheese olives. I LOVE those!
I noticed it will fade slightly and loose a bit of vibrancy as it dries so make sure to get plenty of dye on it and feel free to touch it up and add a bit here and there as the color starts to change.
Once it’s dry you need to iron out the wax. Place one towel under and one on top and iron in sections until majority of the wax has heated and transferred onto the towels.
Now it’s time to stitch it, hang it and make it part of your decor! Yay!
Hanging your Large Wall Art Batik:
Fold an edge on the top large enough to accommodate your dowel and stitch it with one long straight line from edge to edge to make your rod pocket. Do the same for the bottom.
Put your screws in the ceiling just an inch away from the wall right above either edge of where you want your Large Wall Art Batik to hang.
Make 2 equal loops with your cord or rope. I used 2 -24 inch pieces so when I knotted each to make the loops they offered about 12 inches on hanger length. Hang one loop from each ceiling hook.
Now insert your dowels into the top and bottom of your gorgeous project piece and get excited because here is the moment you have been waiting for!!! Catch each loop with the top dowel (the bottom dowel is to let gravity better weight the hanging) and stand back.
Do you LOVE it!?
Who knew you could do that with just wax and dye and a crazy amazing stencil!?
STENCIL REVOLUTION has TONS of crazy cool stencils for every occasion. So whether you are looking to DIY something for your home decor or for your next holiday- they have got you covered!
I hope you LOVED this Large Wall Art Batik project as much as I did! For more of my shared crafts for holidays, decor and to entertain my little girl Genevieve visit me at My Kitchen My Craft– oh!- and snag some scrumptious recipes with a side of my stories and sass!
Here is a recent step-by step with materials and measurements to create your own GIANT JENGA!
A big giant bear hug to Aniko for letting me share this on Place of My Taste (and take pics in her living room!)- and a huge thank you to STENCIL REVOLUTION for reaching out and sharing their amazing stencil- without which this project would likely never have happened.
Thanks so much for letting me share this with you the spectacular person reading this RIGHT NOW! You are bright, your smile lights up a room and your perfect just the way you are!
Love and light,
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