Things you will need:
towel, large flat surface with plastic or newspapers on it, lots of newspapers, iron, water supply, electric frying pan (dedicated to art), soy wax, fabric paints, things that make mark like potato masher, cut out sponge shapes, egg beater, cardboard tubes, paint brush or soft sponge, fabric to batik.
I used a purchased 19mm silk charmeuse scarf 8X54. Iron it first like I didn't. Start the electric frying pan and add soy wax - flakes not a solid chunk. I set the thermostat at about 150-160degrees F. Soy wax melts at a very low temp and washes out of fabric with a simple hot wash (more about this later). I wouldn't use nor recommend any other form of wax.
I covered my work surface (a 2'X4' home made ironing board with 6 mil poly film and a heavy old towel. Kiss the towel goodbye.
I used a potato masher (they come in many shapes so get a variety) and set the end in the hot wax for about 30 seconds to heat the metal, shook off excess wax and applied in a pattern to the white silk.
Of course I didn't take a picture of just one layer of paint because I was so excited about what I was doing that I rushed through the entire process. I did use the rack and fan for each step so just take my word for it.
Above, you can see the potato masher imprint. The first color paint was light lavender. Dry completely between applications of wax and paint. I used this rack. The next tool I used was an egg beater and a metal bit from a lamp I threw away after scavenging any interesting parts that would make shapes!
After this wax was applied, I sponged on fuchsia paint which over the lavender looked purply pink.
Then after this was dry I applied wax with a car washing sponge from which the center was removed. My last color was a vibrant purple alternated with a metallic dark blue (Probrite) paint. I allowed this to dry on the rack in front of the fan until it was completely dry. What I haven't mentioned was at the same time I was making this scarf, I was making another on the other side of the towel so that I could continue to work on one scarf while the other one was drying. Here are the two scarves finished and drying on the rack before wax removal.
When both were dry, I took them over to my conventional ironing board, covered with newspapers, laid down the scarf, covered with more newspapers and began removing the wax from the completed projects using the iron set on cotton and a few (3-4) layers of newspaper to absorb the wax. I pressed the scarf about 3 times with clean newspapers each time to absorb as much wax as possible. This will heat set the paint.
I filled a plastic basin with HOT water and a bit of synthapol (actually Prosapol) and swished it about using soft tongs to get the last remaining bits of wax out. I let it dry on the rack and ironed.
My babies drying.
Very thin Habotai.
I hope you are as excited about trying this method of batiking as I was when my friend and fellow art quilter, Kathy Molatch , showed it to the "5" which is the name of our artist group. If you have any questions or I was unclear about something please let me know so I can make corrections or an addendum to this tutorial.
Another suggestion: Get LOTS of newspapers in advance. It's amazing how many sheets of paper it takes to remove the wax. Iron silk on the silk setting but the wax can be removed by ironing with newspapers on cotton.
I have a few new pieces to show from our Saturday play date.
These are beautiful!! Thank you for the tutorial and also for the ironing board idea. I'm excited about both. Now to find some time.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad I discovered this fantastic tutorial on Batiking. I am just getting into it myself, and I am also using soy wax. What I really like is that you used a simple to set up work surface, and you also used very simple methods that anyone could follow easily. Also, I loved that you made the entire process so simple and straight-forward. I was feeling intimidated by some of the books, etc. I had read before. Most started out as if you had already done it. Thank you very much for such a good and helpful article. Peace, light and many blessings and happy holidays, AnnieReplyDelete
Gorgeous, Beth! Thanks for sharing! I will definitely give this a try. MaryannReplyDelete
keen to try it, thanks for the tutorial :-)ReplyDelete
Very informative blog. I was searching for something like this. your blog helped me a lot. Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete