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Batik your initial in Ripley, Derbyshire

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About the Course

Come learn the fundamental skills of batik on this one day course. This class is aimed at absolute beginners, as full tuition and the opportunity to practice will be given. It is also suitable for those with some experience. Class sizes are small with a maximum of 4 students only, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

I will be your tutor and my name is Sue Rhodes. I have been a qualified batik artist since 1997 and an artist for life, I am also a qualified tutor in the lifelong learning sector. I am a member of The Batik Guild and enjoy looking for new and interesting ways of applying batik and I really enjoy teaching it!

Having picked a letter of your choice I will talk you through a step-by-step process of how to draw with hot liquid wax and add colourful dyes to your stretched cotton panel. We will look at the use of pattern and different tools to achieve a variety of effects and consider the methods for building up layers of colour using the wax as a resist to save specific areas.

After your design is finished we will complete the process by removing the wax with a hot iron and fixing your bespoke artwork in a good quality frame ready for you to take home. There will be different frame options with mounts available on the day to compliment your showpiece and home decor.

This is an ideal course for you to create something beautiful for yourself or as a unique gift for someone special in a calm and relaxing setting.

Our studio is equipped with all the necessary tools and materials to create your unique piece including mercerised cotton panels, waxing tools such as tjantings and stamps, dyes and brushes, and much more.

You may wish to bring an apron and wear old clothes. This class is suitable for anyone above the age of 16.

Best wishes and I look forward to meeting you!


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What's included in the price?

Use of everything you need: All wax tools, cotton panels, dyes, brushes, wax, paper, iron and ironing board, dryers, picture frame and mount etc.

Light refreshments such as tea, fresh coffee, juice, squash, and sugary treats! A light lunch of homemade vegetarian soup or equivalent is included in the price (or please bring a packed lunch instead if you wish).


Sue Rhodes-Simpson at Attic Batik
Unit 1U, Unicorn Business Park
Wellington Street
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  • Corporate days out & team building
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  • Hen dos
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- - #28888

I had an absolutely fantastic day with Sue. She is very knowledgeable and talented. I learnt so much! The studio was a comfortable, inspiring and warm place to spend the day in. Plenty of tea/coffee/biscuits throughout the day with some lovely homemade soup and bread for lunch. Sue quietly instilled confidence in you throughout the day if you were feeling unsure,as I was, for not being very "arty".
When I shared my Batik with my family they were really impressed . My husband said he would like one so I will be booking again. Thank you Sue for such a relaxed and enjoyable day.
I would highly recommend this course to anyone.

Response from Attic Batik:

Thank you Amarjeet. It's great to hear your family were impressed by you exploring your creativity and they ought to be; you made a lovely batik and of course I'm so happy you'll be coming back again! :-)

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- - #28835

I highly recommend this course. I had such a brilliant day learning a new craft. Sue was so welcoming, put me at ease from the start and was incredibly generous with her time. The studio is lovely with a calm, relaxing atmosphere and filled with beautiful and inspirational works of art. Sue was an excellent and encouraging teacher offering guidance throughout the day. I plan to continue developing my skills in this medium, and I would love to do another course with Sue if offered.

Response from Attic Batik:

Hi Sharon. I'm delighted you enjoyed discovering the craft of batik and I'm thrilled it's something you are choosing to carry on with. I can see clearly already that you have your own unique delicate style. And of course, I'd be more than happy to see you again! Many thanks.

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- - #24302

A beautiful studio with so many inspiring ideas displayed.
Sue is just wonderful, a great host and teacher. It was such a relaxing day, everything was explained and there was no rush. The materials were all prepared and were of such quality and choice.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning the art of batik, so much in fact that it is something I would love to continue to do.
Your end result is beautifully framed, and to walk away with such a professional work of art that you have made could not make you feel more proud.
I would recommend Sue and her course to anyone.
Thank you so much Sue for a wonderful day.

Response from Attic Batik:

It's nice to hear you felt unhurried and relaxed Sarah, and I'm happy to hear that batik is something you'd love to continue with! It was lovely to meet you and to work with you ~ Thank you very much!

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- - #20133

I signed up for this workshop on the spur of the moment, wanting to try something completely different. I’m not an artist but have creative leanings and thought this may be a new outlet.
Sue was a great teacher with a balance between teaching the skills and letting creativity flow. The day just whizzed by - it was so absorbing and relaxing.
It’s a beautiful studio that inspires creativity. Everything is to hand and of a high quality.
I was so pleased with my finished piece and has won the admiration of family and friends.

Response from Attic Batik:

It's great to hear your were so relaxed in what you were doing Helen. You did seem to be and yes, time did fly! Well done for daring to try something a bit different. In taking the chance you were well rewarded with your beautiful batik!! Thank you for your kind words.

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- - #19382

Lovely relaxing day learning to batik with Sue. The studio is in a great location with plenty of parking, and a light airy atmosphere. Sue has endless patience and is full of encouragement, and it is a lovely finishing touch to go home with your work framed and ready to hang.

Response from Attic Batik:

So glad you had a nice relaxing time. It was lovely to have you here Liz and see your fabulous batik taking shape. Very well done! :-)

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- - #18151

I had the most amazing day learning batik. Located in the town with free parking just across the market square. Stylish studio with great feel, big windows for lots of light and a very warm welcome. Sue did short demonstrations and encouraged questions. It was lovely having the day to relax, explore and learn techniques used in this craft. I still am blown away by the versatility and scope reflected in everyone's work on the day.....I have the batik bug!

Response from Attic Batik:

Thank you Annette. I'm so happy you've caught the batik bug! The possibilities with Batik are endless. Hope to see you in the studio again soon.

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- - #18013

What a great day this was. Sue has created a warm welcoming space in which you can just relax and play with interesting techniques and gorgeous coloured dyes. You choose how your piece develops and the variety of different effects is amazing. This is a real treat!

Response from Attic Batik:

Thank you Jo. I'm delighted you really enjoyed seeing how versatile batik is and that you enjoyed your time in the studio!

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