The Batik Guild > Publications


Batik Guild members are at the forefront of batik and textile design, and many have published books and DVDs. A selection of those available is included here, including some available online from this website.



RO-KATA: Japanese Wax Stencil Process

RO-KATA: Japanese Wax Stencil Process
Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
£22 GBP

Available at

The first in a long-awaited series of instructional DVDs by master artist Kiranada Sterling Benjamin. A “complete course on one disc” RO-KATA covers the origins of this unique process in 8C Japan and its contemporary development as a flexible art technique for applying pattern to fabric with wax and dye. It is only in the past thirty years that ro-kata (wax stencil) have been explored enough to be a viable alternative to other pattern-making techniques such as cap, fabricated-metal wax stamps.

Included in the DVD are ten units on:

  • History
  • Materials
  • Cutting a Stencil
  • Preparing to Wax
  • Applying Wax to Stencil
  • Cleaning Stencil
  • Waxing Hibiscus
  • Dyeing
  • Blending Process
  • Steaming and Finishing

This 53 minute DVD is accompanied by a booklet of written instructions on Process, Sizing and Steaming the fabric for permanency. This is the first DVD available, world-wide, of this exciting, innovative process.

For the artists as well as the art educator: Ro-Kata gives information on how to prepare and utilize a strong re-usable paper stencil with confidence. The process of Ro-Kata comes with the advantage of a low investment in materials and greater flexibility for design building. It can appeal to the artist wishing to create single-image art and those wanting unique background pattern such as in the fashion industry. Kiranada’s research into ro-kata has spanned twenty-five years, and was first documented in the book The World of Rozome: Wax-Resist Textiles of Japan . Her personal work with ro-kata includes its use on kimono, obi, scrolls, standing screens as well as fashion and wall hangings.



The World of Rozome: Wax-Resist Textiles of Japan

The World of Rozome: Wax-Resist Textiles of Japan
Kiranada Sterling Benjamin
Updated CD/PDF vesion, 2009
£20 GBP

Available at

The World of Rozome is out in the world once more ... as a convenient CD PDF version, with two all-new chapters never before published: “Rozome in the New Millennium” and “Soywax: Use and Adaptation”. These include the Rozome Masters continued inspiration in the field:

  • An introduction to a ‘new generation.’
  • Stunning illustrations by masters and emerging artists.
  • An introduction to the new ‘washable’ soywax.
  • Professional application and adaptation of soywax.
  • An overview of five specialized rozome techniques in soywax.
  • Dyeing, setting and removal instructions.
  • Updated suppliers and world-wide distributor lists.



BATIK TRANSITIONS From classic to contemporary

BATIK TRANSITIONS From classic to contemporary - Batik Guild publication

From classic to contemporary

Members of the Batik Guild
2006, The Batik Guild, 64 pp, colour
£8.50 GBP + P&P
Also available to Batik Guild members at special low price.

Available from the Batik Guild online shop

Published to accompany the Batik Transitions exhibition in 2006, the Guild's 64-page book is still available. It is beautifully designed and produced with over 200 full colour photographs. The first part looks at world batik with sections on Indonesia, China, and Africa. There is also detail on many of the other places where batik is made such as Australia, Sri Lanka and Malaysia.

Pages from the book

The second part highlights various batik and wax techniques and is the result of contributions from several Guild members. The final part is a gallery of contemporary work which has been chosen for its variety in media, techniques and expression. There is also information on books, websites, contacts and places to see batik in the UK.



Useable and Wearable Batiks

Useable and Wearable Batiks

Useable and Wearable Batiks
Lee Creswell and Anne Dye
2006, Produced & Directed by Creative Digital Video Solutions
£19.50 GBP (Batik Guild members £17.50)
Available directly from Lee Creswell or Anne Dye

This DVD shows eight exciting projects; four on cotton and four on silk. It is suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience and incorporates several interesting techniques which can be used in a variety of ways.

  • Silk Necklace (Lee Creswell)
  • Iris table lampshade (Anne Dye)
  • Ro-shibori shawl (Lee Creswell)
  • Tea cosy (Anne Dye)
  • Japanese doorway curtain (Noren) (Lee Creswell)
  • 3-D Mushroom (Anne Dye)
  • Silk Purse (Lee Creswell)
  • Tissue paper picture, discharged (Anne Dye)
  • Recipes
  • Gallery (works of both artists)



Batik: New Techniques and New Materials

Batik: New Techniques and New Materials  - Noel Dyrenforth

Batik: New Techniques and New Materials
Noel Dyrenforth
2003, Batsford, hardcover, 128 pp, colour (150 colour photos),
ISBN 0-71348-778-X

£19.99 GBP

Available from Amazon

Batik has moved a long way since its interest in the West began. In Batik - New Techniques, New Materials, Britain's leading batik artist provides a book that takes the craft beyond the basics to include new materials as well as new techniques. Lavishly illustrated in colour and clearly arranged and written, it includes working on paper, wood and leather as well as textiles, plus a series of step-by-step sequences of key techniques. The work of the author and international batik artists and historical pieces will be used to illustrate the techniques and materials covered in the book.



Creative Batik

Creative Batik - Rosi Robinson

Creative Batik
Rosi Robinson
2016, Search Press Classics, 280 x 216mm, paperback, 96 pp, 200 illustrations,
ISBN 978-1782214083

£9.99 GBP

Rosi Robinson shows how to create beautiful batik designs and pictures, teaching all the techniques required through 9 step-by-step projects. From making simple marks and drawing with wax to dipping and painting with dyes, etching, cracking, discharging and more, the book contains all you need to create beautiful batik. A history of batik sets the scene and then there is detailed advice on all the materials and preparations required. There is artistic advice on using colour and on how to use hard wax, stamps and brushes through a series of appealing projects. Skills are built with each project and all the templates are provided. A gallery of beautiful batik artworks provides inspiration for beginners and experienced artists alike.

Search Press, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.



Batik Workshop

Batik Workshop - Rosi Robinson

Batik Workshop - Fun with Paper and Fabric
Rosi Robinson
2012, Studio Galli, approx 240 mins.
£29.99 GBP

In this double DVD, Rosi Robinson presents a variety of techniques with useful tips on how to create batik art.

On DISC ONE, 'Paper Workshop', Rosi explores a variety of ways to use waxes, tools and dyes to achieve some incredible effects on may types of paper. She presents some great ideas for how to use the papers you have made - from wall art to greeting cards to illuminated lamps.

On DISC TWO- 'Fabric Workshop', Rosi explores the use of traditional and non-traditional batik implements on both silk and cotton - using Indonesian and other waxing tools from around the world as well as things from around the house. She produces a range of results on silk and cotton - from wearable to wall art, exploring the richness of colour and the benefits of wax to surface design.

Studio Galli:



Batik - Sarah Tucker

Sarah Tucker
1999, The Crowood Press, 218 x 267 mm, 96pp, colour,
ISBN 1-86126-263-9

£14.99 GBP

Available from Amazon

Batik is an exciting and unusual art form in which vivid and original fabric designs are steadily built up by the repeated use of hot wax and dyes. By following seven easy to understand step-by-step projects, you will discover the fascination of this craft, which originated in the Far East and reached its peak in Indonesia.

As a method of decorating and patterning cloth, the possibilities for experimentation are endless. The finished batiks may end up as garments, cushion covers, wall hangings or as pictures, stretched or dry-mounted.

Sarah Tucker's own enthusiastic approach offers a stimulating introduction to batik for the complete beginner, but will also inspire those who already have experience in the medium.

Sarah Tucker discovered batik in 1971 and has been addicted ever since. Originally a theatre company manager, she abandoned that profession to concentrate on a career as a batik artist and teacher. In addition to work in private collections, her batiks have been exhibited in galleries all over Great Britain.

The Crowood Press, The Stable Block, Crowood Lane, Ramsbury, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 2HR. Telephone +44 (0)1672 520320 Fax +44 (0)1672 520280



Start-a-craft: Batik

Start a Craft: Batik - Joy Campbell
Start-a-craft: Batik
Joy Campbell
1999, The Apple Press (UK), 260 x 260 mm, colour,
ISBN 1-84092-027-0

£7.99 GBP

Batik is the perfect introduction to this beautiful craft. You will discover that even the most elaborate effects are based on the simple principle that dye cannot penetrate areas of material covered by wax. Starting with random patterns - where your mistakes simply add to the originality of the piece - you can then progress to beautiful large-scale designs by following this carefully structured course. New techniques for waxing and dyeing are introduced project-by-project, enabling you to produce stunningly individual pictures, cushions, bags and fabric by the yard.

Joy Campbell trained as a graphic designer, and then began teaching art and crafts to children. Joy became fascinated by batik seven years ago, 'It appealed to all parts of me: the designer, the practical crafts person, and the creative artist'. She now teaches batik to adults and is a member of the British Batik Guild. In addition to work in private collections, her batiks have been exhibited in galleries all over the UK.

Available from The Apple Press, 6 Blundell Street, London N7 9BH, England. Telephone +44 (0)476 541080. Or Chartwell Books, From Booksales, 212 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.



Wax Cracks

Wax Cracks - Rita Trefois

Wax Cracks
Rita Trefois (editor)
1999, Rita Trefois, 210 x 180 mm, 120 pp, colour
€25 EUR (including postage within Europe)

Available from Rita Trefois

Catalogue of the International Batik Gathering 'Now & Then', Gent, Belgium, 1999. Features batik of all styles exhibited from 47 of the world's top contemporary batik artists, from Belgium, England, Ireland, Germany, Spain, Austria, Estonia, Rep of Moldova, Russia, Indonesia, Japan, China, India, Burkina Faso, United States, Chile and Australia.



Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fabric Painting

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fabric Painting - Jill Kennedy & Jane Varrall

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Fabric Painting
Jill Kennedy and Jane Varrall
1994, Batsford, 210 x 280 mm, colour, ISBN 0-7134-7157-3
£17.99 + £2.50 P&P GBP

Available from Amazon

Enquiries to Jill Kennedy

In this book Jill Kennedy and Jane Varrall explore many different ways of applying colour to fabric. They show how to achieve unusual textures simply by painting directly on to wet or dry fabric; how to create flowers with salt; how to paint backgrounds by spraying through objects ranging from cheese graters to lace; and how to achieve wild and wonderful effects with finishes such as stippling, spattering and flicking. They discuss traditional techniques such as tie-dye and batik, as well as using unlikely substances such as household bleach to 'move' dyes across fabric. Much of the equipment required is very basic: combs, vegetables and even tooth-brushes are among the items used to create various printed and sprayed effects.



Silk Painting - New Ideas and Textures

Silk Painting - New Ideas and Textures - Jill Kennedy & Jane Varrall

Silk Painting - New Ideas and Textures
Jill Kennedy and Jane Varrall
Book: 1993, Batsford, 225 x 282 mm, colour, ISBN 0-7134-7156-5
£19.99 + £2.50 P&P GBP
Video: 1993, Find-a-Fact Limited, 1 hour 15 minutes
£15.00 + £1.50 P&P GBP

Book and video both available from Jill Kennedy

Jill Kennedy and Jane Varrall explore new ideas and examine a wide variety of techniques for creating exciting textures and designs on a range of silks. Their methods of working are accompanied by clear instructions and many colour photographs illustrating the wonderful effects that can be achieved.

The authors show how you can paint, print, stencil, spray, sprinkle, smear, blow and draw on silk. Practical information is given on sponging, pleating, cracking, combing and crumpling. The majority of the techniques do not require great artistic ability - just enthusiasm and the confidence to experiment with dyes, paints and a variety of materials including wax, gutta, pens, and even sugar, salt and alcohol.

Each chapter covers one technique in detail and the final part of the book contains an extensive reference section which describes all the equipment and materials needed for painting on silk. Advice is given on frames, brushes, drawing equipment, methods of fixing, dyes, silks and setting up a workroom. There is information on the best silks to use for different projects and on washing and caring for the finished items.



Silk Painting - Techniques and Ideas

Silk Painting - Techniques and Ideas - Jill Kennedy & Jane Varrall

Silk Painting - Techniques and Ideas
Jill Kennedy and Jane Varrall
1991, Batsford, 222 x 282 mm, colour, ISBN 0-7134-6481-X
£19.99 + £2.99 P&P GBP

Available from Amazon

Enquiries to Jill Kennedy

You can produce beautiful and original designs on silk even if you are not an expert. The techniques are clearly described in this book, along with a comprehensive description of all the materials and equipment required. Practical advice is given on how to create your own clothes accessories, furnishings and decorations, and there are many colourful projects ranging from simple items such as greeting cards, photograph frames, pictures, ribbons and scarves, to more complicated items including lampshades, jackets and kimonos.

Detailed instructions and diagrams show how to plan, sew and make up each project with professional looking results. All the illustrations and examples have been specially produced by the authors and the superb colour photographs will inspire you to create beautiful silk items of your own.

©2011-2017 The Batik Guild | Web design & hosting by 3West logo Three Degrees West | Cookies & Privacy Policy