Batik Techniques: Linear Underpainting Technique

Though more commonly associated with oil and watercolour based works, this technique has been creatively incorporated into the field of batik-ing. Some may view it as a method of eliminating the more common white outlines associated with traditional batik and colour them in instead. It gives a more watercolour-like feel to the artwork but still retains the authenticity of batik. The outlines have a more rounded feel as per compared to freehand outlining due to the use of the dye resist.



How is this method done?


1. The silk is stretched over a frame after being washed and dried.

2. The design is drawn using a disappearing ink pen. (The ink will disappear upon contact with heat)












3. A light colour is used as the linear underpainting, that is, the outline of the design.

4. A water soluble resist was used on the linear underpainting.












5. The colours are added.

6. Alcohol was used to reduce the spread of the dyes so that some parts of the flower remained white.

7. The finished cloth















8. The cloth is then rolled up with papers to be steamed.

9. Steaming it helps set the dyes and the colours become more vibrant after this process.

10. The finished product after a was















Samples from our gallery’s paintings that use this technique


“Fishing Village” by Jeffri

“Fish and Prosperity” by Agung

“Arjuna” by Wahid

















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