How do you prevent the batik wax from dripping when you are painting with a tjanting tool, or a "batik pen"?
I'm often asked about this when I'm painting a batik in a live video. In fact, today one of the students in The Art of Creative Batik
online workshop asked me: "I see the drip coming usually right out of the pot I watch for it. I allow for it, but I would love to know if there is a way to avoid it? I
have watched your videos and I cannot figure out how you do not seem to have that issue. I generally use pretty fine-holed tjanting. Could this be a part of my problem? And I am just listening to you talking about flaws and that they are our strengths. Love it. However, I would like to be able to control it if possible any thoughts on this?"
Batik Tjanting Tool - Too Many Drips!
It's a great question and something I am asked a lot and I'll tell you there is a two part answer to this dilemma. There might be three part dilemma regarding your
curiosity. Regarding the size of the batik tool that you're working with, I work with the largest spectrum of tjanting spouts that I can find - with the copper tool. The copper is really the best. The steel ones actually have a larger spout, but I do not enjoy the angle of the tool, since I paint upright.
So what she's talking about when I go from the batik wax pot to the clothing with the tool? How do I prevent the drips? Why is my fabric not covered in all the little drips, despite the fact that I'm using the largest tool possible and the largest spout possible?
Practice is key.
After awhile you get to know what to expect, and it's just something that takes a little while to master, but it's not impossible. You will get it.
A couple of tricks have to do with how close your fabric is to the wax pot. I try to keep mine as close as possible when I'm painting, without actually touching, of course. And although I do work fast, sometimes it's worse the faster you are painting. Let me know in the comments if you guys have gone through that too! Do you incorporate your mistakes into the design? Because that's actually something that I do.
The other thing is that looks are deceiving. I actually do make lots of mistakes.
There are a lot of batiks that have drips on them. Maybe even the one I'm wearing.
Actually no, there's no drips on this one, but I do have batiks with drips on them.
Another thing, notice my workstation. There's wax everywhere.
There's wax all over every space between the wax pot and the fabric so drips do happen but if I can move that wax fast enough - and deliberately enough - I can let that first drip that's bound to come out of our tool hit the fabric and that starts the design. And that's how I actually use the momentum in my favor when I'm painting with beeswax for batik.
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Welcome to my batik workshop - this is my outdoor dye studio I use for the batik process where I dye dresses and other handmade hippie clothing. This month we're working on all sizes of these pretty summer dresses, perfect for festivals and such. The colors are made using Procion dye, namely Sage Green in this video, along with a hand mixed purple color I created the same way an artist would mix colors for a painting. Beautiful batiks and hand dyed clothing can be made with intuition, experience, and curiosity. And pure beeswax!
First look, we'll go with this subtle sage green. This named "sage green" by Procion, which is the type of dye I use. This particular color is right from the canister. I thought maybe it needed it to be a little darker, but I like it. It's a good color for the batik process that we are doing.
Look, that's a little beeswax... That's a little star painted with the
beeswax. But the excitement doesn't stop there! Here, let's show the
inside of this dress. There we go... That mottled effect - that's from my hand
dyed process - and that is perfectly fine. We love that look. It really captures the
essence of handmade.
Look at this incredible purple color! This is a hand mixed purple. I mix this purple with several different Procion dye colors including blue and fuchsia, until I get it just right. I never measure my colors when I do this combination. I just mix it in the bucket. I had a feeling that this was gonna be good. A lot of that comes from experience. I've been doing this for a while, so I kind of have an idea of what a purple is going to look like when I'm mixing it. Can you tell?
What is really amazing is that we actually have true purple over yellow. The yellow didn't affect the the color - there are secrets to that! But I'm going to reserve these secrets for all the folks in my Art Of Creative Batik membership.
Speaking of which, for those of you who
are in my membership, this is the blue that we did. We're actually gonna use the blue as our "detail" color, and then bring these boho batik dresses into a whole different color by the time they're finished and ready for sale. It will have little blue details in this Om symbol. This batik dress is going to look really pretty!
We're gonna keep painting these cute hippie dresses on live video, and it's gonna be a ton of fun! One will be made in each size, Small - 3X.
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batik school, AND you can find out when these are ready to go up for sale.
What is batik? It's a magical fiber art process using beeswax to paint designs on fabric. Yes, it is magical, as the best wax resist to use for batik is beeswax, provided to us by nature, and anything provided to us by nature is indeed magical.
Today we are painting a new dress design. This is the first step in this ancient fiber art technique, with many more steps to come. By the time the dresses are finished, they will be a totally different color. Stay tuned to see the progress. Once finished, these sweet summer boho dresses will be posted for sale online.
Actually I was not going to do this today because I've been a little bit under the
weather lately. The heat is really getting to me...
It's just really getting to me, and
I barely made it through painting
the little few things that I was able to
paint today, so hopefully tomorrow I will feel
better. I actually got beeswax in my hair
today, that's how uncoordinated I've been.
I know it's not a workday if I'm sooooo uncoordinated I get beeswax in my hair.
What happened? I was painting and the brush flipped up and the bristles
wedged into my hair. So that's a sign it's a low key work day. But I have to do these shirts! I said Iwas gonna do them, and I was like
alright, I'll just mix the dyes before I go on camera so that it's not loud and
weird, and I don't know... Sometimes people are like, "Oh that's so crazy! You're doing that?" Then, you know, I get self-conscious about it because I work outside and I that's just how I do it. Maybe that's unusual.
Okay, so I'm getting the little sunflower shirts ready. Here they are, and it's so hot, you guys, it's just barely starting to cool down right now. Barely!! I don't know if maybe it's me maybe I'm sensitive to the heat?
Okay, so I just received some new procion dye and it's called Brazil Nut. It says Brazil Nut on the label. It's probably backwards for you to see in the video.
By the way, I keep my buckets like that because if they are upright leaves and debris falls in them. If I keep them laying sideways I don't have to worry that all the
leaves off this tree - and there's trees all over here - and just random stuff blowing in the buckets so that's why they're like that.
So the plan for these batiks is one part black and one part brown, but I haven't used Brazil Nut in so long I forgot what it looked like. I just figured, oh you know, Brazil Nut, that must be brown and I like Brazil nuts. I like I like *organic* Brazil nuts, not the Brazil nuts from the mixed peanuts. They're so gross! They're intriguing.
But anyway I got Brazil Nut ready to mix in my black. I have no idea what this is gonna look like. So far, so good. It's dark. I like the color. But I don't think there's enough dye in there to achieve the look I'm going for. We'll dye one and see what happens.
Where's that test one? That test piece? Where's the piece I sewed the little
flower applique with a different color fabric just to see what would happen? I don't know where that tester is. I don't really think this is enough dye for the color I'm going for, so I might just test this out see how it looks and
then finish up off camera.
Doing dye baths on camera is not that easy, and I'm very sensitive to the outcome of the color.
The color is good on this one. Oh it's such a pretty color! I can feel it - like I can tell the right things are happening for these shirts, so that's cool. I'm excited see them all in there. They're gonna look so good! The color is such a good color. I'm gonna actually stir this a little extra. What a good combination!
I didn't think I could do this, but I did, and we're good.
I'm gonna go wash all this dye off me now. Don't
worry about me. It's just color, guys. It's not whatever society is trying to tell you it is. Being able to change the color of things... We could go into the philosophy on that later, maybe, but I think that - especially as women, they don't want us
to change colors of things, and so they put a lot of stuff in our heads about "Oh
no! Don't touch it!" and "Don't be near it!!"
That's my position on it. We're changing colors
here. We are wielding our power.
Alright, these are gonna be super powerful shirts! They're gonna be
super flower power!
So, it's half Brazil Nut (procion mx dye) half black (Better Black procion dye #44) Over the lemon yellow, and the kelly green we did earlier.
They're just gonna be the cutest shirts! We'll make more sunflowers too, after this. Perhaps when the weather cools down, so look for
an email when I I'll get these finished. I'll post them for sale.
Okay guys thanks for watching! Thanks for
sharing if you have people who like to
dye things, this is how you do it. Or, rather, this is how I do it.
Isn't this beautiful? A customer sent me this pic. She's wore her dress while tracing her roots back to Corvo Island. Have you heard of this place? It's beautiful!!! I looked it up, it's part of Portugal.
Here is another customer having a lot of fun in her dress while in Maui.
Here is another customer who sent me this pic after he bought his new favorite hoodie.
He seems pretty happy with it. I think he's in Texas, but I can't remember. Anyway, he looks handsome.
This lovely customer sent me this pic enjoying her dress at a concert in Brooklyn, at the new Coney Island Boardwalk amphitheater. Another incredibly unique piece she just found in the collection. The other side is an amazing tree - I'll post the link of the actual dress here. She said so many people stopped and asked her about the dress.
Thanks so much for sending me this pic, Susan!!
And check out how much fun Rachael is having in her eco-fleece top. ❤︎
Here is her top from the site.
Here's a recent screencap from a very well received Facebook post shared to the Batikwalla fan page from Lana and her extremely talented mom, who made this amazing quilt with the batik fabric prints in the Art and Prints section.
From Heather, so happy with her blue leggings for a poolside yoga session. Amazing strength, Heather! Thank you for the photos.
Here's a pic from Leslie playing with Curley Taylor and the Zydeco Trouble from Sunset, Louisiana at the Gator By The Bay Festival. She's playing at the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland soon and promises to get more pics of her performing on stage in her Batikwalla dress. Thank you Leslie! It's an honor 💗
Check out Sienna Rose sending her Batikwalla pic all the way from Ecuador! Looks like you are having tons of fun!!! I wanna go too!!
Kami in the Boston Public Gardens before Phish @ Fenway last weekend 💜 thank you!!!
So if anyone else wants to send me your pics enjoying your new batik piece, please do! I'll post them here. And please tell me where you are as it adds to the fun and adventure.