Technique of the Week #36 – Batik Wax Resist
Project Hours: 6 hours
Design and Materials: 1 hour
Execution: 5 hours
Ok. I threw in the towel on this one because I am really, really bad at this technique. I did 4 different batik designs, and this is the only one that came out remotely decent, and I still don’t care for it.
I used real batik wax that I got a year ago at one of the IQF shows. I got a melter pot just for the wax. I used a tjanting tool. I practiced. The wax was smelly and I was very patient.
I did not use PFD fabric, which may be problem #1. I did not let the wax soak into the fabric well, which was definitely problem #2. I also tried what someone recommended and very lightly ironed the back of one of the pieces (not pictured) that just ran my design into a giant puddle of wax onto the fabric. Into the trash that one went. (Note:I normally never condone throwing attempts into the garbage… sometimes you can save a bad piece, but these could not be saved, they were that bad)
I used Setacolor paints instead of dyes, but I don’t think that was any issue here. You can see that it ran underneath my batik lines, so that would have happened either way.
I am NOT good at batiking. I really suck at it. So, you know, I guess it’s good to know that right?
Right after I chucked (literally) 3 of the other pieces in the garbage, I signed up for a Soy Wax Class at CREATE, which is coming here to Chicago in August. I hope to be a LOT better with soy wax than this crazy wax I have.