Batik - Art and Craft by Nik Krevitsky

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Very hot wax right out of the pan may flow too freely at first. When the wax becomes too sluggish during use, it may be reheated to the proper consistency by holding the bowl of the tjanting over an alcohol lamp. Avoid using a candle flame, since great care must be taken not to carbonize the wax or deposit soot on the spout. Soot smudges are hard to remove from fabrics. , Woodridge, New Jersey. These tjantings came in three spout sizes: A (the smallest), B, and C. Simple one-color batik with white lines hand drawn with the tjanting, by Michael O'Connell.

Continue adding wax and painting in with darker colors until the design is completed. This illustration shows the finished design, with the wax removed, before the final treatment for crackle %*'* effect. £ZJR v>*V l m* :&m& i How the crackled wax looks before the final dyeing. Dipping the fabric in a (lurk dye hath. The dye penetrates the fabric where the cracked wax exposes it to create an overall pattern of dark veined lines. The remaining wax is removed by pressing the fabric with a hot iron.

Care should be taken not to rub these back and forth over the resist, as the resist may smear or run. Allow the ink to penetrate completely the fibers of the paper, dry, and set. After it has set, gently wash away the resist. Do not scrub the paper; it isn't necessary. White poster paint was applied in a thick paste consistency to colored construction paper. When it was thoroughly dry, waterproof color was brushed over it in selected areas of the composition. When the color was dry, the entire painting was The color washed washed under the tap.

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