October 30, 2012

lake 5 (kind of)

on cotton, 40 x 100cm

This was going to be a larger version of the lake series.. then, I made a mistake!

My new place is heated with a wood stove.  I discovered that it's perfect to dry the batiks quickly after a dye bath to dry them over the stove.  Except that this time I forgot all about it, and an hour later when I remembered, the heat had melted the wax in the middle into a spreading oval.  (its white because I had decided to bleach out the previous dyes).. so, since I didn't want to give up on the work I'd already put in, I decided to use it as part of the final image, and the rest happened around the white oval.

My 'abstract' version of the lake :)

The nice thing about having a wood stove (other than the warmth and the 'homely' wood smell); is that I no longer have to wonder about whether wax imbibed paper can be recycled.  It's an ideal fire starter!!

October 28, 2012

lake 4

batikon cotton, 47 x 39cm

October 26, 2012

lake 3

on cotton, 47 x 39cm

Am trying to push this reflection on water idea as far as I can..
This is a debate I'm having with myself : at what point does it stop being batik?

The only wax used in this was the white reflection lines on the water.  After that it was a series of painting on with the dyes.  The wax line allowed me to work on the lower half 'wet'; and the upper sky dry.

October 25, 2012

lake 2

on cotton 47 x 39cm

Am still trying to 'get' it..

October 18, 2012

water flows

on cotton, 37 x 24cm
still in the 'water' inspiration

October 17, 2012

lake 1

went to visit a lake nearby, and was absolutely enamoured with the water..
on cotton - 35 x 24cm


trial with a warrior series
on cotton - 40 x 55cm