Batik Techniques: Water Like Effect Technique

Water-like effects are created through the use of applying dyes, paints or water through a mist sprayer, brushes, eye droppers or any tools to create an abstract effect. Technically, this effect is associated with silk paintings but has now been adopted by batik artistes into their artworks.


How is this effect achieved?

1. Prepare the tools needed. In this example, a dropper (as pictured) and water are used on silk. Heat set dyes are preferred as a blow dryer can be used to temporarily set the effect before steaming to set the dyes permanently.

2. The cloth must be stretched over a frame to control the spread of the water. Drops of water are then randomly dotted around the bottom half of the cloth.

3. The subsequent effect on the bottom half of the cloth.

















4. Streaks can be achieved by firstly wetting the darker colour.

5. The cloth is tilted at an angle where streaks are wanted to appear. Exercise precaution while doing this by slowly angling the cloth to gain control of the streaks’ length.

6. This is the streaky effect produced.












Samples of our gallery’s paintings that uses this technique.


“A Night at Fishing Village” by GM Choo

“Abstract” by Musa

“Exotic Orchids” by Musa















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