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Hand Painted Scarf

I made a scarf by hand painting chiffon using batik and silk painting techniques. 

I love how the wax flows, enabling lovely curly freehand lines. The design includes the sea, the sun, moon, a flowering tree and stars. 

Here’s the process in pictures as in lateral sections, drawing the design with hot wax and a tjanting. 

Helping the wax set with a cool hairdryer, then painting the fabric. 

The hot wax smell reminds me of hours spent waxing skis. 

When the design was completed and had dried I began to iron out the wax between sheets of paper…

The heat also activated the dyes and could see their “true colours shining through” – to quote Cyndi Lauper.

The scarf could be lovely on the beach or sunbed.

I set up a studio photo shoot with model Lucy wearing the scarf. 

I exhibited the scarf in my product range exhibition at The Workstation in Sheffield in June 2017.

Top tips:

  • Create a tester section to trial the techniques and products.
  • Take care with hot wax.
  • Hold at least four thickness folded cartridge paper under the tjanting when moving between the hot wax pot and the fabric. 
  • Use batik stratcher bars.
  • Square and hem the fabric before painting.
  • Cool hairdryer to help the wax set and to dry the 
  • Try using salt, after the wax has dried, to add texture and additional interest to the design. 

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Silk Painting – Art Challenge

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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