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OK, on to the fun stuff! The previous post showed the beginnings of 2 funky florals I'm painting. Now here are the final steps - more layering of dye and wax - and the flower shapes emerge.
Almost finished here. Now the entire paintings are covered in wax. The next part is the scariest... taking the silk off the frame and crumpling to form cracks in the wax. Then re-stretching the silk and painting over the wax so the dye seeps into the cracks.
After the cracking and overpainting. I love the weathered look created by the cracking in this batik technique. This still isn't the final result - the wax makes the silk look darker than it really is, so when it is removed, which will make the colors pop even more! I'll show the de-waxed and finished versions in the next post.