February Challenge is right around the corner
For the February challenge I thought I would choose BATIK. I have always loved batik fabric and when I read about this quick and dirty method* of using paints instead of dyes, I knew I had to try it. One of the times our group of FIVE met, we used soy wax and assorted “toys” to acts a s a resist and used many varieties if paint to batik fabrics. We all used silk scarves which we purchased online with fabulous results.
I love to “color” fabric whether with fiber reactive dyes, acid dyes or paint. This was yet another opportunity for me to create surface designs with color. The materials I used were:
- Fabric – cotton, silk, rayon, whatever
- Fabric paint – dyna-flow, setacolor, ProFab (Pro Chemical) which has a huge array of pearlescent colors.
- MX dyes if you prefer – different process
- Wax (I prefer soy wax because of it’s biodegradability.)
- Electric frying pan or other SAFE method of heating your wax.
- Foam sponge or sponge brush
- TOYS like potato masher, egg beater, metal trivet, or anything that can be dipped in hot wax and will leave a mark.
You will also need plenty of newspapers, an iron and some syntrapol or Prosapol.
If you are using MX dyes, you will also need soda ash.
*Article: Quilting Arts Magazine, June/July 2010 issue 45, pages 50-54.