Batik has a lot of the visual qualities of stained glass when it is back-lit, due to the wax in the fabric making the work translucent. This formal heraldic piece 'Heraldic Lion' (16" square inc frame) has a real look of a stained glass panel and is on display FOR SALE in the Gallery for £150
The original Batik 'Scottish Seascape' is framed and back-lit (19"x15" inc frame) and is FOR SALE in the Summer Exhibition for £250
My beautiful Border Collie, Charlie makes a perfect subject to explain the various stages of 'How to do Batik'.
I use these step-by-step examples to help explain the process to the visitors to the Gallery.
The finished Batik, 'Charlie' is framed and back-lit and FOR SALE in my Gallery for £150
STAGE ONE First I make a simple line drawing of Charlie from a photo I took and transfer it to a piece of white cotton cloth (I use fine Egyptian cotton).
STAGE TWO Using hot wax, I protect the parts of the design that I want to keep white and dye the whole cloth grey. The wax acts as a resist to the dyes.
STAGE THREE Now I wax in all the stones of the drystone wall and then dye the whole cloth green, for the grass. In Batik, each colour goes on top of the one before and so is altered by that colour. Working out your colour sequence is the tricky bit but for this example I have purposely chosen to use a simple sequence simple of only three colours.
STAGE FOUR Having waxed in all the grass, the cloth is now almost entirely covered in wax. The only unwaxed areas are now dyed black, the final colour. I crack the wax on the grass area to let the black dye go into the fine cracks, creating a marbling effect, which is so characteristic of Batik. I crack the wax of the sky and paint blue dye over the fine cracks for added texture.
STAGE FIVE Most of the wax is now scraped off and the rest ironed between sheets of absorbent paper. The heat of the iron 'fixes' the dyes and the wax which has penetrated the cloth makes the finished painting translucent, like stained glass. Back-lighting the finished work brings out the vibrancy and depth of colour enhanced by the wax.
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This Batik 'Elephant & Child' was completed just in time to be used as the image on all the publicity for this year's Summer Exhibition and was the study for the 'Elephants' lampshade below. It is framed and back-lit (12"x16" inc. frame) and is FOR SALE in the Gallery for £250. If you are interested in buying it, just send me an email and we can discuss p&p.
The 'Elephants' lampshade (8"high x 12" diameter) is the centrepiece for my Summer Exhibition. It is a commission from a good customer of mine, who left her beautiful marble base with me, so I could match the colours to it.
The elephants travel all around the lampshade ....
..... mothers with their babies
altogether a lively scene.
I am really delighted with the result of what was several weeks' work and I hope she likes it when she sees it!
It has inspired me to think about more 'wildlife' lampshade subjects, like zebras, penguins, tigers or lions - all ideas buzzing round in my head!
This 'Elephants' lampshade is SOLD but if you would like to commission one similar, email me to discuss prices, colours and available sizes.
This is one of a series of Art Nouveau inspired Batiks. I love the natural forms and the whiplash curves of the Art Nouveau style.
This panel, framed and back-lit (12"x8" inc frame) is now SOLD
I have developed the same 'Lilies' design on a lampshade which is currently FOR SALE in my Gallery for.£175
If you are interested in buying the 'Art Nouveau Lilies' lampshade, email me. I can post it to you if you want, just ask for a quote for p&p.