|Fiber Reactive dyes|
Oh, this is going to be embarrassing!
Not a stunning beauty here but a fun experience and a new medium for me to explore!
I am trying my hand at batik and I have not perfected it yet.
Are you like me...I am so visual that I read a few instructions and look at all the pictures. If a picture looks a little confusing I MIGHT read a little bit about it. But I get just enough information to be dangerous!
|First Drew loosely then began to paint.|
|Application with paint brush|
Well, I did just that this week. I have two books both by Jane Dunnewold (available through Amazon, "Art Cloth" and "Complex Cloth"). These are the books I scanned quickly and studied the pictures. She gives detailed explanations on how to do this and I bought the appropriate chemicals and dyes and then jumped in with both feet. I did have an opportunity to be with several other art teachers playing with batik this week.
I am not satisfied with getting just a little information. I want to know how to do it perfectly which takes time and patience.
In retrospect.... as my friend likes to say...My two biggest mistakes (other than that hideous swirl in the left hand corner) were in rushing the wax job and in rushing my application of the black dye.
When I can get back to work on batik I will add stronger blacks to this one, and experiment a little with the medium.
I would also, like to try my hand at something more spontaneous, something loose and fast to help me understand the application, timing and techniques.
It is definitely a fun experience!
|Not stunning results but it's my first attempt.|
Today, I went to my high school art room to arrange desks and begin to prepare my mind for a new year at school.
I expect it to be a wonderful year in art.
Look for me to be posting about some of the projects we will be doing.