I must admit, I was dubious about whether or not I'd enjoy the Nov. technique our Fiber Junkies group had planned. We worked with soy wax resist. WOW.....fabulous fun and so many great results. I took about 50 photos but am only sharing a few.We all brought various tools to transfer designs to fabric using melted wax. My thoughtful son gifted me several wood batik stamps he sought out for me during a trip, along with several custom metal stamps. Unfortunately, none of us could achieve quality designs with these stamps.....we either tended to use too much or too little wax.
Small dedicated 'electric pans', wax chips, dyes, and other stamping tools such as brushes, corks, spools, etc. were organized.
Once the wax was melted....the 'design' tool was dipped into the wax and pressed onto fabric that was placed on rug padding. Here Gen is using the end of an empty plastic spool.
I played with a silicone brush (a cooking tool) and pale green silk noil. Here too I found it difficult to control the design.
My next stamping tool was a potato masher....again, it took some practice to control how much wax to retain on the tool before stamping.
Val always quietly dazzles us.....her wax resist fabric has already been painted....using a credit card as a scrapper and a stencil to create the birds.
Kate also used a stencil.....which created this wax design on a recycled cloth napkin. I was surprised plastic stencils could be used...I assumed they'd melt but the wax wasn't that hot.
Once the wax dried, the fabric was painted using Dyna-Flo. Time ran out before any of us were able to remove the wax....so it will be interesting to see the final results when we gather in December.
I think this was Denny's.....she works so fast....it's hard to get photos of her work.
Another one of Kate's...I think she may have used one half of a tennis ball for the circles......followed by several colors of Dyna-Flo.
I worked on this hand-dyed silk piece. The dark lines/spots are the melted wax.....added with a foam brush, and a hand-held waffle vegetable cutter.
Now painted with several colors of Dyna-Flo.Here's another one of mine....yellowish silk noil stamped with a egg beater. Did I say practice is required?
This is Judy's....a pleated/crushed piece of silk, wax applied with a waffle veggie cutter. Sorry, I can't remember what created the circles.
I caught Gen here putting the last bit of paint on her yellow fabric that featured numerous wax resist designs.
Hopefully I can share photos next month of the final look to these fabrics after the wax is removed. I can say this was really fun and we are all looking forward to perfecting the technique next year.