How to Frame Batik Art: Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Display

If you’re like me, you probably have a few pieces of batik art lying around your house. Maybe you’ve even been thinking about framing them but weren’t sure how to proceed.

This is how to frame batik art:

  • Consider your frame styles
  • Choose the framing methods
  • Prepare your batik art
  • And so on.

Then what do you need to do? And what do you need to consider? This blog post will discuss some tips and tricks for framing batik art perfectly.

Batik Frame & Batik Art

batik fabrics
Batik fabrics. Credit: canva

Batik art: What is the batik method?

The batik technique is a wax-resist dyeing applied to whole cloth that resists dyes and paints made with natural or synthetic waxes. A hot, molten wax composition is cooled by being passed into or over a dyebath of boiling water and then deposited on the cloth.

When the fabric is immersed in water, the wax melts, thus permitting cloth dye to pass through to become part of the resist pattern.

Frame your batik: Can you do it?

Yes, you can frame your batik. You can also frame a batik fabric by yourself if you want. This is a good idea for someone with some general experience with framing and art.

You can frame a batik painting by using different types of framing materials.

Display batik: Why do you want to frame your batik art?

There are many reasons why you might want to frame your batik art.

  • One reason is that it will help protect your batik from dirt, dust, and other elements that could damage it over time.
  • Another reason is that framing can enhance the piece’s overall look, making it more eye-catching and visually appealing.

If you’re planning to display your batik art as your art collection in a public space, such as an office or gallery, framing it is the way.

How to Frame Batik Art?

batik art painting
Beautiful colorful batik art. Credit: canva

Framing a batik is not as hard as it may sound – framing any art. Framing can be done using many different methods, each of which has benefits.

For example, the most common way to frame a batik is with mats and glass or Plexiglas®. It works great because all you have to do is put the art on an inexpensive wooden frame and cover it with pre-cut mats and glass or Plexiglas®.

This article will explain each step of this process in detail, so you’ll know precisely how to frame one of your favorite art pieces yourself!

What you need to consider

Double matting

Framing your batik with a double mat is a great way to add an extra element of interest and depth to the piece.

Select two mats in complementary colors or tones (avoid using white) and place the outer mat slightly larger than the inner one. Then, center your batik art on the inner mat and secure it.

Frame with contrasting colors

If you want to make your batik art pops, consider using a frame that contrasts with the colors in the piece. For example, if your batik is predominantly blue, try using a yellow or orange frame. This will create a striking visual effect that is sure to get noticed.

Examine different frame styles

When selecting a frame for your batik art, be sure to take the time to examine the different options available.

There are many different styles of frames on the market, so choosing one that best suits the piece and your taste is essential. Look at some of the different frame styles available online or in your local art supply store.

Frame sizes

Regarding framing batik art, the sky is the limit in terms of frame size. You can go as big or as small as you like, depending on the overall look you’re going for.

Of course, larger frames will cost more, so consider this when making your final decision.

Batik frame design, methods, and styles

framed art
Wooden framed art. Credit: canva

Stretch over a frame

Consider stretching it over a frame if you’re looking for a unique way to display your batik art. This is an excellent option if you want to avoid using glass or to be able to see the fabric’s texture and details more clearly.

To stretch your batik over a frame, place the fabric over the frame and staple it into place on the back. Then, trim any excess fabric, and you’re all set!

Hang without a frame

You can hang it without a frame if you’re not worried about protecting your batik from dirt and dust. This is an excellent option if you want to be able to change up your décor often or if you’re on a tight budget.

Use push pins or adhesive hooks to hang your batik on the wall to do this. Remember that this method is not recommended for precious or delicate batik fabrics.

Matting and framing

If you want to frame your batik but don’t want to use glass, consider matting it. This adds an extra layer of protection while still being able to see the fabric’s details and texture.

To mat your batik, place it on a backing board and then put the mats on top. You can then secure the mats in place with tape or adhesive. If you want, you can also add a frame around the outside of the mats.

Encaustic

Consider encaustic if you’re looking for a more permanent way to display your batik art. If you want to create a statement piece, that will be sure to turn heads.

Heat the wax and apply it to the fabric using a paintbrush to encaustic your batik. Then, you’re all done with a heat gun to set the wax!

Wooden frame

To create a more traditional look, consider framing your batik in a wooden frame. You want to see the fabric’s texture and details more clearly.

Place the fabric over the frame and staple it into place on the back. Then, trim any excess fabric, and you’re all set!

Glass frame

If you want to protect your batik from dirt and dust, consider framing it in a glass frame. Place the fabric over the frame and secure it with clips or tape. Then, cover the frame with glass, and you’re all done!

Plexiglas®

If you want to create a floating effect, consider framing your batik in Plexiglas®. This is an excellent option if you want your batik art to stand out.

Place the fabric over the Plexiglas® and secure it with clips or tape. Then, hang the frame on the wall, and you’re all done!

Framed canvas

Consider framing it on a canvas if you want to give your batik a more finished look. Place the fabric over the canvas and staple it into place on the back. Then, trim any excess fabric, and you’re all set!

Custom frame vs. ready-made frame

frame mat board
Preparing picture frame and mat board. Credit: canva

Custom frame

If you want to create an authentic, one-of-a-kind piece, consider making a custom frame for your batik.

To do this, send your batik to a framing company, and they will create a custom frame for you. Then, hang the frame on the wall, and you’re all done!

Ready-made frame

Ready-made frames are the most budget-friendly option for displaying your batik. This is an excellent option if you want to create a professional-looking display without spending much money.

Simply place the fabric over the frame and secure it with clips or tape. Then, hang the frame on the wall, and you’re all done with framing batik artwork!

Easy Beginner Batik Art Frame DIY Project

The most common method to batik framed art is by matting and framing. We’ll show you how to do just that in this DIY project!

What You’ll Need

  • Batik fabric
  • Backing board
  • Mats
  • Tape or adhesive
  • Scissors
  • The frame (optional)
  • Clothing iron

Instructions

Step 1: Ironing

To give the entire art piece a finished look, iron the fabric to smooth it out and remove any wrinkles from your chosen cloth fabric before framing: An iron may be used to smooth out any fold creases or wrinkles.

Be sure to use a press cloth or parchment paper between the iron and the fabric to avoid any colors bleeding through or scorching the material.

Step 2: Adding the Backing Board

After your fabric is pressed, it’s time to add a backing board. This will provide extra stability and support for your artwork. You can purchase pre-cut backing boards at any craft store or cut a piece of cardboard to size.

Step 3: Adding the Mats

After your fabric is pressed and you have added a backing board, it’s time to add mats. Mats are optional but will give your artwork a more finished look. You can purchase pre-cut mats or cut your own to size at any craft store.

Step 4: Adding the Frame (optional)

After matting and pressing your fabric, you can add a frame (optional). This will give your artwork a more polished look. You can purchase pre-cut frames at any craft store or cut your own to size.

Step 5: Find the Perfect Place to Hang Your Art

After your artwork is matted, framed, and pressed, it’s time to find the perfect place to hang it! Consider the lighting in the room, the color of the walls, and the overall space style when choosing the ideal spot for your new art.

Step 6: Hanging Your Artwork

Now that your artwork is complete, it’s time to hang it on the wall! Be sure to use the appropriate hardware for your chosen hanging method. You can use command strips, nails, or screws to hang your artwork.

Hanging Tips

The proper nails or screws

When hanging your batik art, be sure to use nails or screws appropriate for the type of wall you’re working with.

For example, if you’re hanging your batik on a plaster wall, use nails that are long enough to go through the plaster and into the studs behind it.

If you’re hanging your batik on drywall, use screws designed for drywall. Be sure to avoid using nails or screws that are too long, as this could damage your batik.

Leave enough space between frame and ceiling

When hanging your batik, also be sure to leave enough space between the top of the frame and the ceiling so that the piece can breathe.

If you hang your batik too close to the ceiling, it could cause the fabric to warp or stretch over time.

Use appropriate hardware

Finally, be sure to use appropriate hardware when hanging your batik. For example, if you’re using a frame, make sure the hooks or nails you use are rated for the frame’s weight.

If you’re hanging your batik without a frame, use push pins or adhesive hooks rated for your batik’s weight.

Hang away from moisture and direct sunlight

Lastly, when hanging your batik art, be sure to choose a location away from moisture and direct sunlight. This will help to protect the piece from damage and fading over time.

FAQs

How do you frame a textile?

You can frame your batik by using different types of framing materials. The simplest way to frame your batik is with a picture or mirror-style mount, which lies flat against the wall. This type of framing is suitable for DIY purposes but not the best option because it interferes with any decorations on the art itself.

How do you float a fabric mount?

  • Apply a coat of paste to the fabric mount.
  • Apply the paste to the back of your canvas.
  • Wet your fabric with water and place it onto the wetted canvas, cloth side up (so that it is not releasing any steam).
  • Let go of the fabric with both hands and watch how easy it floats!

How do you hang batik on the wall?

The best way to hang batik on the wall is by using nails or screws appropriate for the type of wall you’re working with.