Batik on Cotton - New Beginnings
Tutor: Angela LenmanCourse Code: 1519-05


In this two-day workshop students will produce two or three batiks demonstrating a variety of techniques - either a built-up pattern or batik pictures. Working on fine cotton lawn students will learn how to use batik tools to apply hot wax, then cover the fabric with dye. After successive layers of wax and dye, the batik is dipped in a dye bath to create the characteristic batik cracking. Students should bring a few designs or photographs as reference material.


Working on fine cotton lawn, students will learn how to use the canting (tool for applying the wax) as well as other methods of applying the wax. The whole fabric is then covered with a layer of dye. When dry, more wax is applied to 'protect' or 'save' areas of the dye.  A second dye is applied. The process is repeated until only small areas remain unwaxed, and the final, dark dye is applied.  At this stage the batik can be cracked and dipped into a bath of dye, if desired. Using this method, students will produce either a picture, or a decorative pattern.

Please bring with you

Protective wear/apron;
Rubber gloves;
Kitchen roll;
Drawing pins
Cheap brushes for dye - selection of 1/2 inch, 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch, 2 inch; (No used house - painting brushes please!)
Soft dark pencil;
Scrap paper for design;
Source materials - photographs etc. if available

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

1 small and 3 larger pieces of fabric are included.  Extra pieces of fabric can be purchased from the tutor at £1 each.


Suitable for all levels

Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Angela Lenman

Angela Lenman

A member of the Batik Guild and the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen, Angela has been working in batik for some 34 years.  Her earliest work was figurative, on cotton, exploring the way the image slowly emerges through the application of alternate layers of wax and dye.  
More recently she has been experimenting with all kinds of paper, using bleach to discharge the colours as well as applying dyes.  The resulting work is more abstract, and different papers are sometimes combined to form a collage.
Angela travels widely and is always drawn to semi-derelict buildings.  Using successive layers of dyes and discharge enables her to achieve the shapes and colours of crumbling bricks, peeling walls, rusting paintwork, the haunting aura of past splendour.  
Surrey Guild of Craftsmen


9.30amCoffee on arrival
9.45amWelcome and tutor introductions for all
10am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all - residents may check in
2-5.30pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
From 7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session