Update 2020: I am currently designing online silk painting classes which I am planning to launch this summer. Details below.
One of my current loves is creating designs on my silks using soya wax as a resist. I sometimes use brushes to apply the wax but mostly play around with the Indonesian tjantings I have. This silk painting technique is a form of batik.
I normally apply a few layers of dye to the silk after each wax patterning. And today was no exception.
Recently I had painted a very pale pastel star pattern on a silk scarf and only today got around to creating the next layer.
I wasn’t sure what type of patterning to add, as I had had the idea to do more bubbles and also squiggly horizontal lines. So I decided to do one layer of each.
Today I did the bubbles layer and then mixed some shades to paint over the design. Now the whole scarf is completely wet and that’s where I get all excited and can’t wait to start the next layer.
But I’m going to have to wait as the wax resist won’t be nearly as effective if I try to do anything now.
So….fast forward. 5 hours later the silk is dry and I have been able to apply some wax lines on top to create a new pattern.
So it’s off to bed now and in the morning I’ll be applying some much darker dye to some of the marked areas for contrast.
I look forward to sharing with you my latest progress. The fun part is that the silk gets darker and darker with every layer and the parts I don’t cover with wax, or the ones I partition off retain the colour of dye from the layer beneath which results in beautiful colour combinations.
I’m looking forward to sharing the completed piece with you very soon.
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