Saturday, March 27, 2010

Waxed Papers

I've made a series of in-progress paper batiks just to illustrate the process of creating a two color image. This is not including the color of the paper, which can be considered a third color.

From left to right: 1) wax is applied as a resist to paper and 2) the first color, green, is painted on. 3) When the paper is dry, wax is applied to areas that I want to keep green. 4) Gray is painted on next. 4) More wax is applied, this time over the entire piece. 5) Final image after wax is ironed off.

And that's all there is to it! It's quite a lot of fun because you never know exactly how it will turn out.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Paper Delivery!

The paper I ordered from PaperMojo arrived today. It's for the paper batik class I'm teaching soon and needs to be strong enough to stand up to getting wax drizzled on it, then being painted, scraped and ironed. Sounds like a spa treatment, all except for the ironing part... hmmm

The marbled papers are not for the batik class, but I just couldn't resist getting something so fun on sale. I'm a wrapping paper junkie.

Have you ever batiked on paper? I will be posting some how-to's in the near future, so please stay tuned. Of course, I welcome comments and will look forward to hearing from you!