Today we will get acquainted with hot batik, or a silk dyeing technique.
Let's create a neckerchief!
- a piece of silk (I used satin 70x70 cm) stretched on a frame
- aniline paints for silk (better avoid acrylic paints, the softness of silk gets lost)
- kolinsky and squirrel brushes
- bristle brush of a medium size
- copper canting
- paraffin candles
- a small glass jar
- metal bucket
- gas or electric stove
- a tailor's marker for fabric or a pencil
- a pile of newspapers
First, you need to melt the candle in a bath stove — put the glass jar with the paraffine inside in the boiling bucket. Heat the canting, too:
While the wax is melted, apply the first layer of paint. Do this with the sponge quickly. In general, hot batik is a layered case. And each next layer should be darker than the previous one. Our first layer is pale yellow.
Make random wax drops with the bristle brush. They will be gentle yellow.
Next, draw leaves with the marker. Tailor's disappearing markers are great because they varnish in a couple of days.
Follow the pattern with hot wax in the canting very quickly.
Note! Wax should go through silk.
That's what you get:
Next, apply another layer of a darker paint. Gradually, the leaves reveal themselves.
Dry all with a hairdryer and draw a new batch of leaves. Cover the outlines with wax.
Dry all with cold air (no to melt) and apply another layer of paint. There can be an infinite number of layers. Add shadows to emphasise some leaves.
After the neckerchief is dry, remove the wax with the help of an iron and the newspapers. Newspapers should be old, otherwise, the ink may be imprinted on our beautiful silk.
When there are too many greasy wax spots, change the paper.
There are less spots each time you change the paper.
Believe me, there are never too many newspapers.
And iron steam the neckerchief to fix paints. The silk accessory is ready!
Thank you for attention, leave your questions and comments, I'll be happy to answer!
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