Easy Simple Batik Designs for Beginners (Geometric Shapes and Flowers)

A batik is a traditional form of textile art that is created by using wax to resist dye. This process can be a little daunting for beginners, but don’t worry. We are here to help!

Easy and simple batik designs for beginners include geometric shapes, flowers, animals, and even some traditional patterns.

Easy Simple Batik Designs for Beginners (Geometric Shapes and Flowers)

This blog post will discuss the basics of batik and provide some easy, simple designs you can try at home. We hope you enjoy it!

The Basic

Batik is a traditional Indonesian dyeing technique that uses wax to create patterns on cloth. The wax resists the dye, so different colors are applied in layers, creating beautiful and intricate designs.

While batik may seem complicated and intimidating for beginners, some designs are easy to learn.

Easy Simple Batik Designs for Beginners

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Simple Kawung patterns that consist of geometric shapes. Credit: canva

Basic Geometric Shape

This is one of the easiest batik patterns. These patterns use basic shapes like circles, squares, triangles, and lines to create stunning designs.

Flowers and Plants

Easy Simple Batik Designs for Beginners (Geometric Shapes and Flowers)
Flower design. Credit: canva

Another popular design for batik is floral and plant motifs. These designs can be pretty complex, but many online tutorials will walk you through the steps of creating beautiful flower and plant patterns.

Animal Motifs

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Dragonfly design. Credit: canva

Try experimenting with animal motifs if you look for more playful or whimsical patterns. There are endless possibilities for creating animal-themed batik designs, from butterflies, and dragonflies, to birds and everything in between.

Simple Traditional Designs

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Simple Mega Mendung pattern. Credit: canva

Some traditional patterns can easily be re-created at home. Examples of these include:

  • Kawung Pattern: The design is simple but elegant, consisting of concentric circles in different colors. 
  • Mega Mendung Pattern: Mega Mendung means “big rain clouds.” The pattern is characterized by its large, dark clouds outlined in white.
  • Parang Barong Pattern: The pattern is named after the parang, a type of machete used by the Javanese to clear forests for planting. The motifs in the batik pattern are thought to represent the blade of the parang.

Simple Batik Process for Beginners

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Photo by yayangart on Pixabay

Tools

  • Tjanting is a tool that helps you cut out shapes from your cloth. You can also use a brush or pen for easier use.
  • Wax seals the shape’s edges, preventing it from fraying or fading.
  • Fabric is used as the base for the design.
  • Dye is used to coloring the designs on the fabric.

Steps

The basic steps to making batik are as follows:

  1. Choose your colors and patterns: This can be intimidating initially, but start with simple geometric shapes or basic floral motifs if you need guidance.
  2. Trace your design onto the fabric: Use a simple pencil or marker to trace your desired pattern onto the cloth.
  3. Apply the wax: Once you have traced your design, use a tjanting, a brush, or other applicators to apply a thin layer of melted wax over the areas you want to keep free from the dye.
  4. Dye the fabric: Next, you will need to dip your fabric into a bath of dye appropriate for the type of material and desired color. Let it sit in the dye bath until it reaches the desired saturation level.
  5. Remove the wax: Finally, remove any remaining wax from your batik by boiling it in water and washing it with soap. Your design will now be visible on the dyed cloth!

Tips

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Batik wax and tjanting. Credit: canva

Here are some simple tips to help you succeed with your batik creations.

  • Do plenty of experimenting and testing to find the right design for your skill level and preferences.
  • Use high-quality materials, such as dye, wax, and fabric.
  • Work on a solid surface that is protected from spills or drips.
  • Breathe deeply and stay calm to avoid getting frustrated while trying new patterns.

FAQs

How do you make batik for kids?

There are a few different ways to make batik for kids.

  • One way is to draw a picture with a wax crayon. You can then dip the cloth in dye, and the areas covered by the wax will remain white.
  • Another way is to paint on melted wax with a brush. The dye will only color the cloth parts that weren’t covered by wax.

Either way, once you’re finished dying your cloth, you need to peel off all the wax, so the picture or design is revealed. Enjoy!

What material is best for batik?

Most batik artists agree that cotton is the best material because it is absorbent and allows the dye to penetrate deeply into the fabric.

Additionally, cotton is a natural fiber, so it is environmentally friendly.

Can you use crayons for batik?

Yes! Crayons are a great way to get started with batik. They’re easy to use and less expensive than other materials for batik, like wax or dyes.

  1. To get started, choose two colors of crayons and break them into small pieces.
  2. Melt the crayon pieces in a microwave-safe container and heat them for about 20 seconds. Be careful not to overheat the crayons, or they’ll start to smoke.
  3. Next, draw a design on your fabric using the melted crayon. You can freehand it or use a stencil.
  4. Once you have your design, let the crayon dry for a few minutes. Then you can add another layer of wax or dye your fabric as desired.