Recently, a reader and I were emailing back and forth, talking about various classes, workshops, techniques. She described a batik method where instead dye baths, the dyes are simply painted on. well this really got me thinking....I wanted to try it so badly....but had no supplies on hand.
Those who follow me regularly KNOW that was not about to stop me....Like Clark Griswold...."I was on a QUEST" :-)
So here is what I did
I have one of those little wax burners....you know the ones, you put a small cube of scented wax and melt it with a tea light candle placed underneath. Okay....I now had hot wax.
I took a piece of muslin, lightly drew a design and then placed this in an embroidery hoop.
Next I traced the outlines using nothing more than a cheap paint brush dipped into the hot wax. It is going to take a little practice to get smooth lines but for my first time I am really quite pleased.
I checked to be sure the wax was going right through the fabric,
|to give you an idea of size.....that hoop measures 12" across|
then it was time to paint.....and that is what I did, I used textile paints diluted with water so that they flowed. I also used a little bit of acrylic ink (just to see how it would work)
I removed it from the hoop and continued placing more paint, I don't like to waste anything, so I threw some of the leftover colours into the blue background. This was now very wet so I could test how well the wax would work as a resist. You can tell that the work was good and wet by the reaction to the handful of salt I tossed onto the whole works before leaving it to dry
Once it was dry, I placed the piece inside layers of newsprint (clean, unprinted) paper and set my iron to a low heat.....the heat from the iron melted the wax...the paper absorbed it.
now, of course, you know I HAD to add some doodling
This was such an interesting experiment, I can hardly wait to try it using some paraffin ( I have no idea what that scented wax is) Next time I want to try doing several layers of wax and colour.