12 March 2015

While Judith was here

I didn't take as many "wet" pictures as I thought I should but you know me; when I'm in a zone I don't stop for pictures. This first piece was one where I had drawn the black lines and washed it out before the lines dried. I also did a piece with drawn lines on pre-treated fabric and let it dry. I used the small silk screen to "color" these ovals and the other ones I did on dry cloth. On this purple one, I had to spray with soda ash water.

These are the soy wax batiks I set up yesterday

I initially laid them on my dining room table on opened bin bags but then thought about hanging them to dry. During the batching period (on the table) most of the fabrics "set up" and weren't so drippy. Although I applied the thickened dye with a credit card, on a few I had to spray with soda ash water making them kind of wet and gooey.

On the green one below, you can see how a line of dye has gathered at the bottom of the O. After wash out, it almost looked like a wax halo.

Famous clean up rag - a former failed "pink" snow dye

OK, so why did I decide to dry these batiks? The only way to remove the soy wax is either boiling water with Ivory dish washing liquid or to iron the wax out between sheets of newspaper. I couldn't iron wet fabric and I was afraid of losing too much dye with the boiling water technique so I hung them on this rack to dry. I put a sheet of waxed paper on the wood bar to keep the dye from bleeding and absorbing into the wood.

Tomorrow the ironed washed and dried results

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