Would you like to spend five weeks with me online learning how to use Jacquard Fabric Paints on cotton? Classes start this Friday. Each week you will receive a new lesson with opportunities to post your results in our class gallery. Talk with the other students (and of course with me) as we travel along.
Painting your own fabric opens up many new doors of creativity. No longer will you have to rely on commercial fabric stores to get unique prints and designs! Make them yourself! No artistic talent or ability is necessary. No really! I will guide you in the journey.
Come with me and see where this goes. I guarantee you will enjoy the ride.
Each one measures 27" x 48" and is backed and ready for hanging.
The sanctuary where they will hang will be projecting the images on a center screen. I do not know where they will put the "hard copies".
What I did NOT show you were the multiple trips to the hardware and fabric stores for more turpentine; didn't have enough wood for the slats; and of course I needed more thread in a specific color.
I also didn't show you the multiple times I had to assemble and reassemble the stretcher bars. Even though I did all three at once, I took the frames apart two times thinking I was done but then decided to apply more wax or more dye or dry them ON the frames rather than flat....you know how it goes.
It looks so easy and for the most part it is but there are some dynamics that you do not expect and of course "stuff happens" like dumping the dyes all over my shoes, specks of blue dye appearing on the batik because it wasn't stirred well enough....
Thanks for looking everyone.
Next posting will be of them in place in their new home in Texas.
I love the whole process of batiking from start to finish. I find it very therapeutic and soothing. I love the smell, the feel, the look, the process! It cannot be rushed. It MAKES you slow down. It requires a steady hand and a different pace than what we are used to which is a good thing. Do not hurry or rush this. Art making is not something that we blaze through which I know goes contrary to the whole life style we chose or are use to these days. This isn't McDonalds or drive through fast food fabric making. I think that is one of the reasons I love it so much. The time I am standing at the wax pot is time where my mind can wander and my heart resume a more normal beat and rhythm. I could wax all day long and sometimes do! It clears the cob webs and resets my inner sense of self. Don't hurry this. Relax! You just may rediscover some things about yourself in this process which you didn't even know were lost....
So now the dyeing process is completed. The wax needs to be removed from the cloth. Sometimes I do not do these final steps because the waxy halo adds interest and depth to the composition. 95% of the time, I take it all off and this is how it is done:
Ironing the wax between sheets of paper melts the wax and absorbs most of it into the paper but some remains as you can see below.
I think the waxy halo is beautiful, don't you? Some people do, and some people do not.
To remove the halo completely, the batiks are immersed in solvent for about 20 minutes.
Last step- wash them well to remove solvent (and smell).
There is an alternative method of removing the wax that I teach in my classes here at the Dye Studio as well as in my online classes (www.academyofquilting.com). It involves boiling the fabric which melts the wax that is later skimmed off the surface when it cools and hardens. It is time consuming and messy.
While using solvent is NOT a green method of wax removal, it is fast. I know, I know. I hear you sniffing at me but.....oh well. Doing it this way saves my customers about $100.00- $150.00 in labor. (I'm trying to justify this...)
Next week I will show you the sewing process to finish the piece and prepare it for its final destination in Texas!
The first step was to submit drawings. After a small amount of redesigning, we agreed on these three designs to start to process:
For me, designing is an easy task. Knowing the environment where the pieces will hang is an advantage I rarely have but this church, located in Texas, supplied me with photos several years ago when they commissioned me to make two large-scale pieces. While I did not have recipes or color swatches from that commission, I have photos and know my dyes and the colors well so reproducing close matches should be fairly easy.
Next step- enlarging the designs to full scale.
The final size of each piece will be 27" x 48".
Once that is completed, I transfer the design to cotton by placing the fabric on top of the cartoon.
The black ink shines through well enough that I do not need a light table to do this part of the process.
Next step- apply the hot wax to the fabric that has been stretched on frames to hold the cotton tight and up and off the table.
Sorry! I forgot to take a picture of the grapes waxed!!!
Many students taking my online batiking classes have asked me to show them the process I use to create large scale work. If you scroll back in time on this blog you can see my work on pieces that are about 65" x 110". I also have some painted pieces that are large as well so take a look.
What I am going to show you over the next few days is how I went from this initial sketch, drawn on a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 drawing paper:
Which is batiked on cotton and then hand painted with fabric dyes.
The final size will be 27" x 48" which isn't gigantic, but there are three pieces, each of the same size that I am working on simultaneously.
Interested? I hope so. Talk to me and ask questions as I show you how I like to work when multiple pieces are required that share similar color hues and design elements.