You will need:
white 9x12 paper
photocopies of examples of tiki totems
crayons (namely red, orange, yellow, different browns, and black)
sink, blotting paper towels
paper for mounting tikis when dry
The batik process is a Polynesian/Indonesian art form usually done on fabric with painted hot wax and fabric dye. OBVIOUSLY this was not a choice for us. The method of using crayon works just as well!
Procedure (this took 2-3 days):
Give students a handout with different tikis on it. They were NOT allowed to copy all the elements of one tiki, they had to pick and choose from different tikis, or make up their own features. This gave them each the "unique-y tiki" I wanted from them. *No, they did not find my "unique-y tiki" funny, either. After drawing in pencil, they traced the pencil with black crayon and pressed HARD with it. The harder they press, the more it "pops" and the better it looks!
Color the tiki in using crayon. I gave them a limited pallette of reds, oranges, yellows, and browns. They were to press HARD again with the crayon. This will become very important once they get to the batik step.
After they are finished with their coloring they were to roll and crunch their paper 6-8 times. They were VERY careful and considerate of their artwork as to not tear it. This causes the wax from the crayons to crack, exposing small crackles in their tikis. This is a good thing!Using black tempera paint, paint OVER the tiki. Yes, make the entire tiki black! When finished, rinse the black tempera off and what is left over is the black tempera which sticks into the cracked areas of the wax.
Blot off the paper. Allow to dry.
We mounted these on a light, torn 12x18 sheet of brown paper which was then mounted on a 12x18 sheet of darker brown paper. This really gave it a rustic, finished look. The kids loved them and so do I! Hope you do too!
Happy tiki time!