Saturday, November 17, 2007

Learning to Draw with Wax

Learning to Draw with Wax
I have a couple of projects in mind that I would love to draw with wax. Unfortunately, most of my experience with batik has been stamping this whole cloth is my practice, or maybe I should say, another opportunity to practice. I love the navy and turquoise together. I was happy with the design. I still want more practice and more control.

I found it to be kind of like drawing with your wrist instead of your fingers. This reminds me of machine quilting, which I find to be like drawing with your entire arm up to the shoulder. It feels strange and unusual at first, but eventually you start to get the hang of it.

Control is more difficult as the nature of the wax changes while you are drawing. When it is hot, it is very fluid and you have to move fast. As it cools, you have to slow down. I was also having problems with big drops of wax running down the outside of the djanting tool unexpectedly leaving drips. Rats! I keep thinking, surely, there must be an easier way, one that gives you a bit more control over the process. I did not find it, so for now, I must go with the flow!

This piece is 60" x 60" whole cloth. I expected it to be much more difficult to get the wax out than it actually was. And expect for a rather large wad of wax that got trapped in the center, it didn't take much time at all to get the wax out.


Anonymous said...

And just like machine quilting, you have to look at the overall effect vs the length of your stitches/the thickness of your wax.
When you do this, this piece is amazing and doesn't look like a first attempt.KS

morningDove said...

your piece is absolutely gorgeous. what a wonderful bold design. can't wait to see more of your work.