Batik Illustration: Wax-Resist Dyeing

A course by Ikaro Batik
Illustrator and Textile Artist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined July 2020
, Illustrator and Textile Artist

Learn to create artistic illustrations on fabrics using wax and textile dyes

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 533 students

Learn to create artistic illustrations on fabrics using wax and textile dyes

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 533 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (2h 18m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Artistic expression is often a path to self-discovery. Illustrator and textile artist Ikaro Batik found just that in the batik dyeing technique: a way to channel his creativity while simultaneously forging patience, concentration, and a tolerance to frustration. Ikaro uses this technique to create nature-inspired works of art rich in colors, contrasts, and textures.

In this course, create a piece of textile art with wax and dyes using the Batik technique. Discover the secrets to this ancient dying technique and learn how to design creative illustrations on fabric.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Getting to Know Batik
  • U3
    U3. Germination and Growth of a Batik Illustration
  • U4
    U4. Harvesting an Illustration in Batik
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know your teacher, Ikaro Batik. He tells you all about his career including how he got started, his artistic influences, and what inspired him to explore the world of batik. He also gives you an overview of the course content and explains the final project.

Discover the history and origins of this dyeing technique and how it continues to play an important role in many cultures today. Take an in-depth look at the materials and tools needed to create your own piece and follow along as Ikaro explains his creative approach. Then, make a sketch of your design to guide you during the dyeing process.

Once your design is ready, learn how to transfer it to cloth and attach it to a frame. Ikaro explains how wax works as a resist, how to properly heat it, and how to prepare mixtures before guiding you through the immersion dyeing process.

Finally, discover techniques for removing the wax from your batik illustration to reveal the design created with the resists and dyes. Finish up the course with some tips on how to preserve and frame your batik projects.

What is this course's project?

Create a nature-inspired illustration rich in colors, contrasts, and textures using the batik dyeing technique.

Who is it for?

Illustrators, artists, textile designers, drawing artists, dyers, craft lovers, and anyone interested in creating art with their hands.

What you need

No prior knowledge is needed to take this course, but some experience in illustration, fabric dyeing, screen printing, or printmaking will help you during the process.

The course materials include 100% cotton cloth, beeswax or solid paraffin, an electric or aluminum pot, paint brushes, ink, sodium carbonate, a frame, Kraft paper, an iron, and other items your teacher will outline in the course.


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Ikaro Batik

A course by Ikaro Batik

Illustrator and Textile Artist

After earning a degree in visual arts, education, and art direction, Ikaro Batik discovered batik dyeing in 2014; since then, it has been his main form of artistic expression. He is an illustrator, teacher, and textile artist who also devotes his time to preserving the art of shibori and batik dyeing. His work is a reflection of the study, appreciation, and interest in spreading knowledge about the flora and fauna of Chile and the culture of its people in the Andes, the Atacama Desert, and the Patagonia region.

In 2016, he created the Taller Inicial de Batik to promote and share his knowledge about this technique by teaching workshops and personalized classes. Shortly after, he also began to travel around Chile to present his work and take part in cultural activities like the Aves en Batik exposition at the Valparaíso Bird Festival, the TV show Plan V on Canal 13C, and the Tan lejos y tan cerca exposition as a guest of the Indonesian Embassy in Chile.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Getting to Know Batik

    • What Is Batik?
    • Materials and Tools
    • The Seed of Batik
    • The Sketch as a Guide
  • U3

    Germination and Growth of a Batik Illustration

    • From the Sketch to the Canvas
    • Wax and Its Preparation
    • Waxing and Applying the First Resist 1
    • Waxing and Application of the First Resist 2
    • Dyeing and Color 1
    • Dyeing and Color 2
    • More Resists and Dyeing
  • U4

    Harvesting an Illustration in Batik

    • Dewaxing
    • Batik Care
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Batik Illustration: Wax-Resist Dyeing

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Batik Illustration: Wax-Resist Dyeing. A Craft & Illustration course by Ikaro Batik

Batik Illustration: Wax-Resist Dyeing

A course by Ikaro Batik
Illustrator and Textile Artist. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined July 2020
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 533 students