Batik Techniques: Wet On Wet Technique

This method gives a very watercolour-like look to a painting and holds its origins in oil and watercolour paintings. In oil paintings, a term has emerged for it: alla prima. It is an Italian term mean “at first” which implies that the painting should be completed in one or two sessions. The paints are not allowed to dry, meaning that the wet paints will overlap and create an abstract appearance.

This oil painting method was made famous by Frans Hals (c.1582-1666), a Flemish painter. Besides that, Impressionism in the 19th century utilized this technique greatly and is the reason for it flourishing.


How is this effect achieved?

1. Prepare the materials needed. For this, dyes, a brush and silk salt is used. (Ordinary table salt can be used as wel

2. cloth is spritzed thoroughly with water

3. Commence the paintwork!










4. The water creates fuzzy edges around every colour.

5. Continue adding colours as wanted.

6. It is really hard to go wrong with this technique, as long as attention is given to not let the dye ‘bleed’ too much into each other.











7. This is the finished result after the addition of a background colour.

8. The cloth is salted to produce interesting swirly effects.

9. The end result!
















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


“A Serene Fishing Valley” by GM Choo


“Taj Mahal” by Hamidi

“Jesus on Cross” by Kapitan
















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