Thursday, April 19, 2012

Wax On....

The image above is about midway through the batik process. 

After applying 5-6 layers of wax along with subsequent washes of color this is what the painting looks like so far.  The final touches of paint were the darkest values in the composition.  I have placed my final layer of wax over the entire piece and will wrinkle the paper slightly....just enough to allow the wax to form cracks, but not enough to cause it to come off.  Next I will coat it with one last dark wash of my choice.  Then it will be time for wax removal with a hot iron and lots of newspaper.

A close up image of the wax and color combinations.


  1. OOOhhh I want to try this, it looks like fun and your color combo is stunning.

  2. Wow what a fantastic result I need to read this one more time because oh my goodness this is great

  3. What type of wax and is it watercolor paper? thanks

  4. Cathy....It's japanese rice paper. I bought it from Hobby Lobby. It's extremely delicate, but adds to the character of the piece. The wax is Gulfwax paraffin.....found in most grocery stores.

  5. Gretchen- this is awesome! I typed out a comment a minute ago- and thanks to my new touch pad mouse(which I am not used to yet) it seems to have disappeared so I apologize if you get two comments from me!
    Beautiful work- I love it!

  6. Stupendo risultato. Un lavoro molto bello e personale

  7. Wax on .. Wax off. Haha, I remember the Karate Kid too :) Hi Gretchen ... I have a really old art instruction book that mentions Batik and I wondered what you could do with it ... and now I know! Very nice indeed!
    Thank you for your visit and for following. I really like your blog statement and feel very much the same :)



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