Batik creating your own batik

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

Nature provides a way for us to see God's power and creativity. We can find ideas for art within nature. It can be as easy as looking for ways that God uses lines in nature. Can you identify some ways God has used lines within creation?

People in Indonesia use lines from nature to create their designs for Batik. This video explains how Batik fabric is made.


During this project you will brainstorm to generate ideas for using lines from nature to create a batik. You will revise your ideas based on insights from peer discussions and you will create your own batik.


muslin cloth; paper; pencils; erasers; black sharpies; Elmer’s gel glue; paint that does not wash out (Acrylic or fabric paint); water; brushes; hangers to hang cloth to dry


  • Sketch ideas from nature that you might use in your batik.
  • Break into groups and critique each other’s ideas and make adjustments to your drawings.
  • Prepare a final drawing on paper and outline the design with black sharpie.
  • Tape your paper onto cardboard and tape the muslin over your paper.
  • Trace the sharpie lines of your drawing with Elmer’s gel glue. Let it dry.
  • After the glue is completely dry, paint over the entire image with paint. DO NOT use white paint. Everywhere there is glue will be white. Let it dry.
  • When it is dry, run water over your batik to loosen the glue; gently rub as the stream of water removes all the glue and excess paint. Hang it to dry.
  • On a note card to be displayed with your Batik, answer the following questions: Did your artwork turn out successful? Why or why not? What would you change if you could?


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brenda mccullers

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