Silk Painting, Stars and Batik with Soya Wax

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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2 Responses to Silk Painting, Stars and Batik with Soya Wax

  1. Sophia Kotsis says:

    Hi, I was wondering if you can share with me some instructions on your exact technique. I am making indigo batik for a class I am in and I can’t find precise instructions on the internet and I really don’t want to mess up. Your batik is beautiful by the way.

    Thank you,

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Dear Sophia

      I’m sorry but I don’t have a version of my exact technique for distribution. I’m glad you like my work and hope you can find a way to complete your work. Experiment if you are unsure and see what comes out of it.

      Good luck.


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