Here’s my progress on the two batik visuals.
Its a little darker than I wanted..I accidently put it into the black dye bath rather than the darn green.
You can see it’s very crackled, I kept the wax solution to mostly parafin (candle) wax to achieve this.
I’ve started a new version, with a looser design and more beeswax at the beginning so the background will have less crackle.
The yellow, is actually a high concentration of beeswax(it will be white when ironed)
The pale pink is the first dye and the darkest colour is the second wax.
I wanted to show how outline is achieved. You can see I left a gap around the edges..Batik is like drawing in reverse, as the darkest colours go on last, thus the outline is the last to be dyed.
This is the finished swallow piece.
Again I used very little beeswax but after the first two dips..this means, the lighter colours white, yellow, light pink, were preserved, but the colours used after bled.
I wanted to highlight the potential of batik techniques, and show how different it is from painting. If a medium is explored to its possibilities, then how does it differ? Those that just paint on and wax successive layers, are not illustrating their understanding of the medium.
I am doing a second looser design of this piece too, its always advisable to work two pieces simultaneously. I will alter the techniques used to see which I prefer.