Painting with beeswax & dyes - Batik Pictures



Welcome to exploring this ancient art form of designing with hot beeswax - painting with batik dyes the traditional way using tjanting tools.

The course is run by Barbara who has many years of experience of designing textiles and is trained in batik in its native country of Indonesia.
This fascinating art technique is over 2,000 yrs old, let's keep it alive and have some fun with it!

During your workshop, you will create a range of experimental pieces and one unique larger picture.
Don't worry is you can not draw, Barbara will help you with this.
By drawing with a special tool called a tjanting and releasing beeswax onto cotton material to leave a lovely white line then painting with colourful batik dyes you will create a unique picture to hang or frame behind glass.
You will also have access to a variety of tools to draw your design with so you go home with lots of tips in case you would like to take up the art form afterwards.

This is a relaxed class for beginners to explore and experiment, you will be amazed at what you will achieve!

You will make A5 samples to get used to the various techniques, then onto your final piece - approx 16''x16'', although I have a variety of frame shapes for you to choose from. The wax is ironed out to show the lovely white outline before you take your picture home to frame.

*If you do not see a date to suit then please message me.
Group enquiries are welcome.

Design: Batik lends itself to many designs, floral, abstract, landscapes, buildings ...the possibilities are endless. But please think of simple and white outlines when you are looking for your chosen design. I have examples, images and designs to share with you but it is always nice to have something to frame that suits your decor :-). Any questions please do ask.

Please bring:
- Suitable old clothes /apron
- Ideas for your designs- printed or on your phone
- Packed lunch
- As many old newspapers as you can bring along, please.

Please arrive by 9:45 am so we can start promptly.

Venue:The venue may change depending on numbers, but will be close to Penkridge/Stafford areas TBC on booking or enquiry.

Online courses are available- please message via the 'message the tutor'.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

- 5 1/2 hours of creative tuition
- Lots of tea/coffee and yummy cake included
- Opportunity to learn the basics of using hot batik wax and using tools and mark making techniques
- Lots of inspiration ideas, examples and techniques to get you started on your fabulous Batik journey
- All materials are included


Barbara Meek: Feltworld - Creative Arts at Feltworld - Creative Arts

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5½ hours (10:00am to 3:30pm)

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Rachel - - #39766

Barbara was an excellent tutor. We were able to make our own designs with loads of support and ideas. I would recommend this Batik workshop.

Sharon weldon - - #38323

Really enjoyed today. I don't consider myself at all arty but I have produced a beautiful piece of work. Barbara was a great teacher. We had a lovely afternoon, a fantastic way to spend a day with my friend as part of my 60th birthday celebration.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I don't believe you are not arty lol
Your sense of colour is amazing, love your picture and hope that you continue on your creative journey.
I would live to see your picture frame :-)).

Annette - - #38322

A lovely therapeutic day of crafting. We spent some time practicing techniques before working on a final piece. Lovely colours to work with and I'm really happy with the finished product.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

It was a lovely relaxed day with you and Sharon with lots of time to explore the techniques for the final picture. Loved your completed picture and use of colour Annette.

Nicky Griffith - - #38121

A wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Thank you Barbara for teaching us how to do Batik and for your hospitality. It was nice to meet like minded artists in a relaxed setting.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your day with like minded creatives. It was a fun day meeting and sharing my knowledge with you all :-)

Dee - - #38120

Great course, Barbara is a font of knowledge and a great instructor, highly recommended!

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

thank you and your talents shined through in your lovely piece of art work ...keep creating :-) .

Lesley Manley - - #38123

Wonderful way to spend a day. Barbara was lovely, very talented and a great teacher and hostess! Looking forward to doing another course in the future xx

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Arh thank you for your lovely review Lesley. Looking forward to teaching a different course to you and your lovely friends :-) .

Sue - - #38122

Fantastic day. Great group. Barbara was a great group leader and teacher and we all came home with amazing pictures. Thanks for a great day

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

It was a pleasure to teach you and your picture looked fabulous :-) . Keep creating.

Glen - - #37738

Excellent course. Barbara is really friendly and knowledgeable, and a great instructor. Learnt a lot and have found a new hobby. Plus, several completed pieces to take home.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you so much Glen, Your beautiful pictures will look fabulous when framed. Enjoy exploring the inks :-).

Lisa - - #37739

Creating for the non creative _ great fun, patient instructor and I'm hooked! Off to buy my inks etc loved it!

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am so pleased that you are hooked, alcohol inks are such fun to learn and there are so many more techniques to learn! :-)

Gwyn Birch - - #36823

Loved the Batik class on Saturday which was a gift from my daughter. We both took part and Barbara’s instructions were excellent (which is more than I can say about my unsteady hands). With Barbara’s help I was very pleased with my result and am keen to try out more at home.
Thankyou Barbara for sharing you skill.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

It was a lovely day and your unsteady hand did amazingly well , your large picture looked brilliant, with fabulous colours and style. It will look great framed, keep felting :-)

Gill B - - #36802

A very enjoyable way to spend a day. A really relaxed environment and great instruction and support from the course tutor.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am glad you had a lovely day. Loved your art work Gill, It will look fabulous framed.

Nicky Pike - - #36378

A fantastic beginners course. Barbara is a very friendly and interesting teacher, clearly very knowledgable about Batik as well as lots of other crafts. At the beginning we found the technique challenging, and harder than it looked. After practice we all ended up with final pieces we were very pleased with. Thanks Barbara!

Julia Tolley - - #36379

A very enjoyable and productive day. Barbara's knowledge and tips mean anyone can get something from the day. Her teaching style is very supportive of all levels of student. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

Hollie - - #36380

Spent a lovely day learning the techniques required for batik. Barbara was really helpful and friendly. She gave us lots of hints and tips and helped where a couple of us were having difficulties. It was very easy to follow along with her guidance. Thank you Barbara :)

Tracey robinson - - #36381

Lovely days course. Lovely friendly instructor. Well taught with good advice.

Frayne Bianchi - - #36095

The alcohol ink day was completely absorbing. Barbara had everyone relaxed and over any hesitance quickly. We were shown a number of techniques to explore. Came away with the confidence and enthusiasm to jump in on my own. Would recommend this course, fun and a good introduction to alcohol inks.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

You picked up the techniques and ran with them and created some beautiful pieces of art,especially the glass bauble and the ceramic tile. Have fun exploring alcohol inks and I would love to see your creations sometime :-) . Best wishes

Heather Higgins - - #35765

Excellent content and tuition today on my course with Barbara, I feel far more confident now and I’m really pleased with both my practice and my finished pieces. Such a lovely enjoyable afternoon!

Dave - - #35130

Alcohol inks is a fascinating art medium - quite different to watercolour or oil painting. It is great fun to use. The workshop included lots of techniques which Barbara demonstrated. She also gave us lots of time and material for us to experiment with for ourselves as well as offering encouragement and advice on our individual pieces.
An excellent workshop. Thank you.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you , It was great to teach you Dave. Loved your use of colour mixing using the alcohol inks.

Gilly Haines - - #35380

Had a fabulous day ….. Barbara is a really good tutor …. Loved doing it … learnt a lot …. Really addictive….

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you Gilly, It was great to teach you this fabulous art form. Your pictures are very powerful and show a great knowledge of colour and form. I look forward to seeing what you achieve with the alcohol inks in the future :-).

Michelle - - #35381

Fantastic day creating & playing with Inks. Learnt lots of tips & tricks & have lots of samples to take away. Rediscovered my creative Mojo & will carry on for many happy hours now. Thank you so much xx

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am so please that you have got in touch with your creative side again, you made some lovely pieces using the many techniques....time to play more now :-) exciting and have fun :-).

Sheila Martin - - #35382

Fantastic introduction to Alcohol Ink Painting. So much information and technics all very well explained. Can’t wait to create more masterpieces at home. Thank you for the cake and Prosecco an added bonus.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Sheila, It was a pleasure to teach you , you have a lovely sense of colour and created some beautiful pictures. Hope to meet you again :-) .

Jan hancock - - #35125

Fabulous, really interesting. I have had a wonderful day. Barbara is an excellent tutor. I have learnt alot today. I will definitely be attending another one of Barbaras courses. Cant wait.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

It was a pleasure to teach you. I loved your pictures and I am excited to see what you do next with your alcohol inks. :-)

Karen Smith - - #34383

Fabulous day very relaxed, informative, learnt a new skill batik with hot wax. Barbara is very helpful and attentive. Great cake too! Plenty of time to experiment and gain confidence in this technique, well paced course feel I’ve learnt a new skill …. Thank you! Will be back.

Sandra Webb - - #34412

A most enjoyable session learning how to create batik. Steady pace and about the right length to experience and try a new skill.

What not to enjoy, I’d recommend giving it a go.

Mandy Jarvis - - #34409

Had a good day learning batik with hot wax and now proudly framed and displayed my picture to remind me of the fun I had and how Barbara was so helpful and had a positive outlook on my results!

Gilly Haines - - #34384

Loved today’s batik course!!! Lovely being out in the garden in the marquee in the rain!!! 😂💜
Learned a lot from Barbara!!!
Really pleased with what I’ve done and will definitely be coming back for more!
Barbara is a very calm relaxed tutor and very helpful !!!

Carol bonfield - - #34386

My 3rd course with Barbara and as enjoyable and informative as ever. I had never done batik before and Barbara was very helpful every step of the way but knowing when to step in without taking over. I will be back to try the advanced course. Loved it!

Justine Halifax - - #34311

I attended the batik painting course with my teenage daughter and we had a fabulous time. Barbara was wonderful, very patient, very informative and very welcoming. We thoroughly enjoyed learning the art of batik under her expert tuition and we would love to return to do other courses with her, including her alcohol inks course. I would highly recommend Barbara's courses.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you for the fabulous review Justine, I am so pleased that you and Milly enjoyed your day and created such lovely batik paintings. I will look forward to teaching you alcohol inks in the future :-) .

Helen Bortolozzo - - #33881

Fabulous day batik painting with Barbara.Lovely lady who explained the technique really well. Wonderful experience.Thanks Barbara.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you Helen, your scarfed lady was brilliant :-) and thank you for your framed picture, she looked even better.
I was spurred me on to do a framing frenzy lol. Barbara

Julie Willis - - #33882

A great day with an excellent tutor.
Barbara provided all materials and guided us through the process.
Really pleased with my first attempt at doing batik painting.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Your batik picture of a parrot with attitude looked amazing :-), you have a great sense of colour too.
I'd love to see a picture of it framed. Keep creating. Barbara

Deborah Steele - - #33673

I absolutely loved this day. I’ve been wanting to learn Batiq for years but it’s difficult to find a course. Barbara set up a wonderful day, with clear instructions and encouragement to help us make a beautiful picture to be framed. I really love this technique and will be practicing at home.
I fully recommend this course.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am so happy that you enjoyed your day and love batik as I do :-) . Thank you so much for your lovely review, reviews like this make my job a joy. I will look forward to seeing your progress and new designs . Kind regards Barbara

Andrea S - - #33626

A great day. Barbara created an excellent and friendly learning environment.
Barbara gave clear instructions and guidance showing different techniques to use with the wax and dyes. I will be returning in the future to one of the courses she runs. Many thanks for your inspiration.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you for your encouraging lovely review Andrea.
You created such fabulous batik paintings, maybe try one of your beautiful hare paintings from your book as well :-). Barbara

Deborah Brough - - #31163

Batik picture making with my daughter. My results were much better- than I thought I could do - came away with a picture I will happily frame.......and would love to do something similar ...

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am so pleased that you and Sophie are pleased with your paintings. They will look great in a lovely frame.

Sophie - - #31164

Great day, I love the pieces I have made. Looking forward to framing them and putting them on my wall. Would do again.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am glad you enjoyed your day. You have a talent for design, I hope you find the time to do more art for yourself ;-) .

Jill Glover - - #30767

I did this batik course on 17 September 2020. It was just wonderful. All equipment was available and thanks to Barbara I was able to make a beautiful batik first time. It is gorgeous and I will be framing it. Barbara is so friendly and relaxed with you to make you feel comfortable with the process. I would definitely promote her classes. A lovely light place to create your art. I can only thank her for her friendly manner, tips, tricks, and information.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

It was a pleasure to teach you Jill. Your picture looks fabulous, well worth the wait during the lock down and Covid! :-)
I hope you continue and I will look forward to seeing your future creations. B

Christine Nicholls - - #30512

A great ‘hands-on’ experience - wonderful guidance through the whole process of batik and would highly recommend. It was a very enjoyable day and really pleased with the resulting piece of work.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you Christine. You and your sister Shiela created unique art works as complete beginners and they looked brilliant. I am looking forward to seeing your pieces framed :-) and teaching you in the future.

Kirsty Higgs - - #24988

Calm confident instruction on techniques to use as was my first time. Everything was to hand when I needed it without asking making it so easy.
I came away with a lovely piece of ‘experimental ‘ batik fabric and am so pleased.
Can’t recommend her more highly. Fabulous day and so motivational.

Daizy Woodrowe - - #23909

A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon learning batik for the first time. Very informative friendly tutor who shared many tips and insights into this wonderful art.
Felt very happy and comfortable with friends in Barbara’s beautiful home surrounded by her exquisite craftwork. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you Daizy. There are many levels to batik and you did well in this introduction class. :-)

David Gough - - #23906

After completing an introduction to batik workshop and liking the technique so much, I went back again to do a full day's workshop. All the materials and equipment were supplied, and lots of useful hints and tips given. I was delighted with the result that and it is now framed and hanging on my lounge wall. I can highly recommend this course.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

I am really pleased that you have learned so much and being on two of my Batik days. Maybe join me for the crackle glaze class one day :-).

Jayne Large - - #23369

A superb day learning a new skill. Barbara was accomplished and enthusiastic to pass her techniques on. It was very relaxing and enjoyable and I achieved a product I was pleased with. The lunch and tea and cake helped the day along and I would thoroughly recommend this course.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you for a lovely review Jayne. Loved your picture and striking background.
Hope to see you on a Felmaking workshop some time :-).

Nancy Archer - - #22196

Enjoyed my first Batik course so much...I came back for a 2nd...enjoyed so much..I’m thinking of doing a 3rd 😀

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you. It was lovely to teach you again Nancy. You have a natural talent and colour sense, I will look forward to teaching you in the future :-). Maybe try the crackle glaze!

Nancy Archer - - #20480

Had a great day under the supportive and knowledgable guidance of Barbara, I can’t believe that I was able to produce such a piece on my first Batik course...I’m going to get it framed. Everything required provided in the course fee + Lunch, cake and drinks all through the day. Would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to explore Batik in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

Pam Jordan - - #19010

A really enjoyable day. Learned a lot in a very supportive environment. Very happy with the results

Julie Caswell - - #18381

Enjoyed a lovely creative day with Barbara today exploring batik techniques on both cotton and silk. Thank you for your hospitality and guidance.

Helen Hawley - - #17698

I had a great introduction to Batik yesterday with Barbara. She was very hospitable and a great teacher. All the materials were provided, along with lunch and great cake. This was a technique I had been wanting to try for a long time. It was great to go home with pieces of work I would actually put up at home. Thank you for a great day Barbara.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you for your encouraging review. Hope to meet you again-Best regards Barbara :-)

Lianne Bole - - #17686

I had a fabulous day learning how do do Batik with Barbara. She is an excellent teacher and everything was supplied. Due to her expert guidance, I left with some pieces of Batik that I will frame and hang in my home.

Response from Feltworld - Creative Arts:

Thank you for an encouraging review Lianne.
Your four season tree is fabulous. Looking forward to seeing it framed.

David Gough - - #16819

I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy the Feltworld introduction to Batik. It’s a technique I had wanted to try for a long time and the course didn’t disappoint. All materials were supplied and the tuition was very helpful. A very enjoyable course

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