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Batik - Art and Craft by Nik Krevitsky

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Kimono from 59 Oldest known form of batik, a single color ketan-rice (paste) resist. The "paste was probably applied with a bamboo stick or the fingers. The edges of the figures are not sharply defined, probably because of the coarse weave of the fabric and the means of application. Photo: Archives of the Kon v/d Tropen Inst. an example of Indigo paste from Nigeria. Courtesy, Art Department, Ohio Adire cloth, resist fabric University 60 Contemporary Batiks Wall hanging of a garden, showing decorative stylization of trees and grass, by Sylvia Steiner.

The dye penetrates the fabric where the cracked wax exposes it to create an overall pattern of dark veined lines. The remaining wax is removed by pressing the fabric with a hot iron. The fabric is protected by layers of newsprint or newspaper to absorb the tear. Rt moving wax by rubbing the fabric. This use. wax may drii d be saved for future 38 The finished fabric, showing the crackle effect 89 Examples of Batiks Dyed by Direct Painting Celebration banner waxed and brush dyed by a five-year-old.

Because these papers are interlaced with straw or silk fibers, they stand up well under rough treatment and are particularly suitable for crackling effects. The color of the paper affects the appearance of the finished work, no mattei what resist or coloring media are used over it. For the beginner white paper is suggested. Its surface acts as a reflector for the translucent crayons and gives a brilliance of contrast not possible with colored papers. Colored papers, on the other hand, may be used to create unexpected color mixtures and subtleties which are desirable when brilliance or strong contrast are not the most important aspects of the work.

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