Silk Painting in pictures. I really enjoyed trying this medium, there was a lot of flow in the process. If the experience had been edible I would describe it as delicious. 😊
Wax was used instead of the proper product gutta, which there was a defect with.
Using the Tjanting tool I drew a design in melted wax on the frame stretched silk, carefully not to leave gaps where the paint could flow between and mingle. I didn’t want the warm and cool colours to meet and create brown.
Then silk paints provided the colour. I love the way they move through the fabric and the colours mingle and interact.
Once dried I fixed the paints by ironing the silk between sheets of grease proof paper and with an adornment paper which took the wax from the fabric.
I’m pleased with the end result and am keen to do more silk painting, next time trying gutta.
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Since visiting Las Dalias market on the island of Ibiza, firstly with Ben Shephard and the GMTV crew in 2002 and again with my family in 2015, I have been keen to try Batik.
A dear friend of mine has the wax melter, tools and dyes and gave me the opportunity to try it. She pre-dyed fabrics in bright colours and once melted I drew on the, frame stretched, fabric using a Tjanting and brushes. (Health and Safety: Taking care not to burn myself on the wax pot and tools.)
I am studying and experimenting with inspiration so I chose mostly sunny fabric shades and worked on energy radiating sun designs and an eye seeing inspiration. Thirdly I worked with a winged gir/ angel/ fairy design.
After drawing with the wax the fabric pieces must cool, the wax set, then dyes be mixed to add a second colour. I chose a magenta pink, and a purple.
After being dyed a second time the fabric is dried before the wax can be melted out. Ironing out the wax between absorbent paper left a residue so I tried boiling the wax out, which although a bit messy and needing a dedicated pan, left the fabric clean.
I’m pleased with the bright fabric artworks, enjoyed the fluidity of the Tjanting. There’s always something satisfying in having created something yourself. Huge respect goes out to those who make huge batik designs, I would love to see that being done. I may decide to make a scarf, cushion cover, wall hanging, lamp or bag from the batik sections.
If you have tried batik or decide to try I’d really like to see what you’ve created. You can comment below.
The end results…
Thanks for looking at this post, you can see any of my 52 Art Challenges at this blog. My work is displayed in April 2016 at Airy Fairy Cafe and Gift Shop, London Road, Sheffield.