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Comment by Cynthy Anderson on November 13, 2009 at 5:16am
I have dyed lots of lace and ribbons that I use on my crazy quilts ,pincushion and art dolls. My blog is
Comment by Terri Lipman on June 11, 2009 at 1:05pm
In response to Janine mixing pigment with wax, I would consider that to be similar to using crayons for rubbings and it works fine.
Comment by Janine on June 10, 2009 at 5:59pm
is it possible to bleach canvas to be batiked on? The course I took on batik had us use canvas, but I would love to have it white rather than natural colour.
Any tips? Should I soak it in vinegar after to make sure it is neutralized before adding the sodium carbonate (soda ash).
Comment by Janine on May 14, 2009 at 7:09am
Has anyone ever tried mixing pigment into the wax and then applying it, then ironing off the wax? I am going to experiment with that and see what happens.
Comment by Donna on April 26, 2009 at 6:12pm
Oh, wow! These are great, Janine. I want to give this a try, but I know nothing about this soda ash thing. Guess I'd better get busy googling.
Comment by Janine on April 26, 2009 at 6:04pm
Here are some photos of the piece (not yet finished). The last two are close up details.

Comment by Janine on April 26, 2009 at 5:44pm
outlining batik in black india ink or thickened black dye produces amazing results. I will post a photo soon.
Comment by Janine on April 20, 2009 at 7:33pm
I learned that in the workshop here in Toronto. It is a technique used by a well known batik artist here called David Kibuuka.
check out his site
Comment by Textile Traveler on April 20, 2009 at 11:16am
Janine, that's very interesting. Does the book cover the technique of painting the powders on with a brush, or would you have to take the workshop for that info?
Comment by Janine on April 20, 2009 at 11:07am
This past Sunday I took a workshop in Modern Batik.
I want to share this because it is possibly the easiest way of doing batik.
I would always suggest starting with a book. One I have is called " Creative Batik" by Rosi Robinson.
In my workshop they showed me that one does not have to go through fussy dye mixing to do the batik. All you need to do is buy the powder MX dyes and put a tiny amount on an old plate or palette and just dip the wet brush in some dye and add a tiny bit more water, then just apply it to your penciled out design on the cotton.
Now, they didn't teach us to pretreat the fabric with a fix soloution to bind the dyes to it. They don't because they say it can just be framed behind glass. Everything else I read said it is important to fix the dyes to the fabric so that your piece will last. Also if you want to stretch your work over canvas rather than framing it, it is important to fix the dyes.
The book I mentioned explains a very simple way you can do this. If you are just working by dipping the brush in water and powdered dye, then you can just follow the Soda Ash recipe in the book and brush it over your cotton before applying the dyes. After doing your initial colours, you start blocking those areas out with bee's wax or parafin wax (see book for details), and then go back to add more colours.
Another unique thing I learned in this course that I haven't seen in other forms of batik is that once all the dyes are applied (they say never use the word paint when doing batik) and have dried, and you have ironed off all the wax, you then take india ink and ouline your details.
In traditional batik outlines are defined with the wax and come out the white colour of the cloth, so I find this method really great, especially since I like outlining details in black in my work anyway. Next weekend I will be doing the india ink step. I will post an image of it once it is done.

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