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« on: February 18, 2011 03:30:38 PM »

Okay guys, here is another of my projects I completed in Florence,Italy.  I spent 5 weeks in Florence studying art over the summer and during that time studied batik......something I DESPERATELY wanted to learn but finding a class is nearly impossible where I'm at.  I married an incredible man who graciously paid for my trip....lucky girl that I am!

The first project I posted was a silk painting but this is a dip-died batik done on a silk scarf.  The process was INCREDIBLY time intensive for this amount of detail, but oh so worth it! It is from a photo I took during a day trip to Venice.

Unfortunately, I was SO short on time that I didn't have the chance to do a second complete removal of the wax and rewaxing so that I could get the lamps pink and wound up having to make them purple (doing them during the cool color dies).  The purple just wasn't right so when I got home I used fabric paint to paint the lamps.  Then, like the other project I posted, I decided to quilt this batik (machine quilted) and added pink beads that I picked up while in Florence.   If I remember correctly this scarf measures 34" x 34".  

For those interested here is the order of dying I followed:

Wax out whites & dye in a light cream
Wax out light cream areas & areas where I planned to have blues & dye in yellow
Wax out lighter yellow areas and dye a darker yellow

Iron out ALL wax and dry clean

Wax out white & yellow areas and dye in a light blue
Wax out light green (allowing the blue over yellow areas gave me a beautiful green) & light blue areas & dye a darker blue
Wax out all areas except for lamp glass & dark areas and dye using magenta (over the blues it made a purple)

The dark brownish/purple areas are where ALL the colors mixed....these were left unwaxed during the entire process.

If I had the extra day to get the pinks in I would have kept the lamp glass covered in wax during this entire process.  After doing the blues I would have had to iron out ALL the wax & have the fabric dry cleaned.  Then I'd have to wax out all of the fabric except the lamp glass and dye in a pink.  Then I would have waxed the lighter pink and dipped in a darker pink.  Unfortunately I worked on this until the day before I came back to the US so I didn't have that extra time.



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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2011 05:17:36 PM »

Oh, wow.  WOW!  This is absolutely great!! I hit this rocks!
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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2011 06:36:52 PM »

Amazing, as was the sheep.

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2011 07:16:47 PM »

Amazing, as was the sheep.

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2011 07:59:58 PM »

Gorgeous!  Did you draw this from a photo?
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« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2011 10:25:31 PM »

um...WOW! I thought it was a painting at first until I started reading. I've wanted to batik since I was a wee little thing. But I never even realized you could get this level of detail. Great job, this definitely rocks!
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2011 12:35:54 AM »

I love the quilted look of this! The dyes look great, and you did some awesome detail work in the batik.
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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2011 02:02:55 PM »

kitschbitch - yes, it was drawn fom a photo I took in Venice.

suzie - actually, it is possible to get even MORE realistic than this!  I could have been even more precise if I had a little more time.
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2011 08:31:14 PM »

Wow, this is incredible! I've never seen such amazing batik. This Rocks!
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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2011 05:52:45 AM »

Fantastic! Did you use brushes to apply the wax? Great detail and control - I've done a little simple batik and always get wax everywhere.
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