Batik painting

Hello everyone. Apart my own work, I like to attend workshops to explore new techniques but also to mingle with my fellow artist friends. So, lately I have attended two workshops, one in felting and the other in Batik painting. As I’ve talked to you many times about felting, I thought I’d share a little about Batik painting this time. Funny enough, I never intended to learn or experiment with this technique, but as I came across it through the Guild of Embroiderers I thought, why not give it a try. I think it’s good to go in new directions and explore. You’d be surprised about what you discover or what you could take from it.

Batik, of Javanese origin, is a technique that uses wax and dyes on fabric. When applied, the wax is used as a resist so that the dye won’t go through the fabric. More wax is applied throughout the process, each time you want some colour to be retained (procion dyes in this case). To describe it another way, it is painting in reverse. It is challenging to think in those terms and the brain struggles a bit to handle this reverse type of approach. When the piece is finished and dry, the wax is removed using a warm iron, leaving wonderful marks and revealing the image as intended. It took me more than a day to build the layers but I am happy with the final result. Although I am not sure I will use this technique in my own work (at least not now) , it was surprisingly interesting and enjoyable. I am pleased to have done the cliff of the French Provençal village Roussillon. It is famous for its ochre quarries, which are made up of pigments ranging from yellow and orange to red. If you haven’t visited this part of France, it is a must!

 

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Bonjour tout le monde. En dehors de mon travail, j’ aime participer à des ateliers  qui me permettent d’ explorer de nouvelles techniques mais aussi de retrouver mes amis artistes. Dernièrement j’ ai assisté à deux ateliers, l’ un sur le feutre artisanal et le second sur la peinture Batik. Comme je vous ai parlé plusieurs fois de feutrage dans ce blog, voici quelques mots sur la peinture Batik. Proposé par l’ Association de Broderie de Dublin, c’ était l’ occasion pour moi d’ essayer.

Batik, d’ origine Javanaise, est une technique d’ impression qui utilise de la cire chaude et de la teinture sur tissu. L’ application de la cire permet de protéger les zones de tissu contre la coloration. On procède ainsi à chaque fois que l’ on veut garder une couleur avant d’ en appliquer une autre. C’ est un peu peindre de manière inversée. La cire est ensuite enlevée à l’aide d’un fer chaud, révélant ainsi l’ image finale. J’ ai mis plus d’ un jour pour réaliser ce paysage,  mais ravie du résultat. Pour l’ instant, je ne pense pas utiliser cette méthode dans mon travail, mais l’ expérience a été étonnamment enrichissante . Vous reconnaissez peut-être les falaises du village Roussillon en Provence. Celui-ci est réputé pour ses carrières d’ ochre, composées de pigments allant du jaune, au orange et rouge. Si vous n’ avez jamais visité ce petit coin du sud de la France, c’ est à faire!

 

fabienne@mellowgoatstudio.com

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Kirsten Dohertyreply
October 12 at 09:10 PM

Wow Fabienne! It came out beautifully when you ironed it. What strong colours! Just like the photo. Talented woman

Mellowgoat Studioreply
October 13 at 08:10 AM
– In reply to: Kirsten Doherty

Thank you Kirsten! Yes so interesting to see the colours come to life. It was so difficult to figure out how to make them at the beginning. I really need to see yours now, it is so striking!

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