Things you will need:
large flat surface with plastic or newspapers on it, lots of
newspapers, iron, water supply, electric frying pan (dedicated to art),
soy wax, fabric paints, things that make mark like potato masher, cut
out sponge shapes, egg beater, cardboard tubes, paint brush or soft
sponge, fabric to batik.
I used a purchased 19mm silk
charmeuse scarf 8X54. Iron it first like I didn't. Start the electric
frying pan and add soy wax - flakes not a solid chunk. I set the
thermostat at about 150-160degrees F. Soy wax melts at a very low temp
and washes out of fabric with a simple hot wash (more about this later).
I wouldn't use nor recommend any other form of wax.
I covered my work surface (a 2'X4' home made ironing board with 6 mil poly film and a heavy old towel. Kiss the towel goodbye.
I used a potato masher (they come in many
shapes so get a variety) and set the end in the hot wax for about 30
seconds to heat the metal, shook off excess wax and applied in a pattern
to the white silk.
course I didn't take a picture of just one layer of paint because I was
so excited about what I was doing that I rushed through the entire
process. I did use the rack and fan for each step so just take my word
Above, you can see the potato masher imprint. The first
color paint was light lavender. Dry completely between applications of
wax and paint. I used this rack. The next tool I used was an egg beater
and a metal bit from a lamp I threw away after scavenging any
interesting parts that would make shapes!
After this wax was applied, I sponged on fuchsia paint which over the lavender looked purply pink.
after this was dry I applied wax with a car washing sponge from which
the center was removed. My last color was a vibrant purple alternated
with a metallic dark blue (Probrite) paint. I allowed this to dry on the
rack in front of the fan until it was completely dry. What I haven't
mentioned was at the same time I was making this scarf, I was making
another on the other side of the towel so that I could continue to work
on one scarf while the other one was drying. Here are the two scarves
finished and drying on the rack before wax removal.
both were dry, I took them over to my conventional ironing board,
covered with newspapers, laid down the scarf, covered with more
newspapers and began removing the wax from the completed projects using
the iron set on cotton and a few (3-4) layers of newspaper to absorb the
wax. I pressed the scarf about 3 times with clean newspapers each time
to absorb as much wax as possible. This will heat set the paint.
filled a plastic basin with HOT water and a bit of synthapol (actually
Prosapol) and swished it about using soft tongs to get the last
remaining bits of wax out. I let it dry on the rack and ironed.
My babies drying.
Very thin Habotai.
hope you are as excited about trying this method of batiking as I was
when my friend and fellow art quilter, Kathy Molatch , showed it to the
"5" which is the name of our artist group. If you have any questions or I
was unclear about something please let me know so I can make
corrections or an addendum to this tutorial.
that I have done batiking in my our home, I have had to clean up those
towel which I will no longer use for anything but art. I tried to iron
out as much wax as possible between sheets of newspaper. I took the
towels to the kitchen and filled a bucket with straight hot water from
the tap and dish soap. I placed the towels one at a time into the bucket
and let them soak until I felt the wax had melted. I rung them out as
well as possible and popped them into a full length machine wash with
HOT water and detergent. They are in the dryer now back to their
original softness. No waxy residue in the washer (yeah!) They are also
wonderfully colored from the painting process. Back at the bucket, the
wax seems to have clung to the sides of the bucket. I think some could
be scraped off with a spatula or flat scrapper. I ran HOT water down the
sides of the bucket and used a pot scrubber pad with dish soap to
remove the last bits which were pretty substantial. I probably should
have used my flat scrapper first. Next time - live and learn. At least
doing this process keeps the towels out of the landfill and in my
studio. The reasons I use soy wax are because it is benign to the
environment (pouring out on the grass or poured down the drain after
dissolution with soap), melting at such a low point and the ease with
which it is removed from fiber.
Another suggestion: Get LOTS of
newspapers in advance. It's amazing how many sheets of paper it takes
to remove the wax. Iron silk on the silk setting but the wax can be
removed by ironing with newspapers on cotton.
I have a few new pieces to show from our Saturday play date.