Sun-Printed Batik

Sun-Printed Batik

Jesse Genet

Batik is a traditional technique that uses Resist to prevent dye from reaching the fabric. You can use this method to create detailed patterns on textiles, wood and unglazed ceramics. 

With Inkodye you can use the power of the sun to develop the full vibrance of your colors and make them permanent, no other steaming or fixing is required!


Inkodye ↗
Cleanline Resist ↗
Silk scarf
Fine line applicator
Paint brush
Low-tack spray adhesive
Choose an applicator

1. Choose an applicator

We used fine line applicators, also try brushes, stencils and sponges.

Choose your design

2. Choose your design

We printed out an illustration to use as an underlay, if you're brave try freehand!


3. Flatten

We used a mild spray adhesive, you can also use stretcher frames.

Apply resist

4. Apply resist

Try not to smudge your work as you go! Fine lines dry to the touch in minutes.

Finishing touches

5. Finishing touches

Check your work for gaps, dye will bleed through gaps in lines. Sign your work!

Apply Inkodye

6. Apply Inkodye

We started with our largest area first so that we could focus on the details later.

Expose! Expose!

7. Expose!

Develop the full color by taking your piece into the sun, lie flat for even results. Full color will develop in 10-20 minutes in direct sunlight, longer in cloudy weather.

Fill in details

8. Fill in details

Using a brush paint the remaining details. It's just like coloring in a coloring book.

Develop final colors

9. Develop final colors

Take your project into the sun to develop the details, let it achieve its full vibrancy.

Wash out the resist Wash out the resist

10. Wash out the resist

Dissolve the resist in warm water with mild soap. Thick lines will take longer to dissolve. Where the resist was is now clean white lines to border the dye.

Dry your print

11. Dry your print

We dried ours in the sun, but any method will do just fine.

You're done! You're done!

12. You're done!

We were able to wear our scarf less than an hour after finishing.