"MANDALA BATIK CLASSES" with Open Studios Artist Alexandra Sanders Saturdays, 11-2pm Westside Santa Cruz Art Studio
I am having the third Mandala class this Saturday from 11-2pm for those who would like to make one of these lovely 10” X 10” Mandalas on an 18” X 18” background. The students that have created them so far have been very pleased. Those that just want to test the waters and see what it is like to work with hot wax and dyes on fabric will get a taste of this technique in the 3 hour class. Those that want to get a more detailed Mandala or learn more techniques on fabric with hot wax and dyes may want to consider taking more than the one class. And those of you who are returning, may choose to work on a Mandala or not; that is up to you. Each week I try to offer something a little different.
For this Saturday’s class, I am going to be offering some NEW Mandala designs of wonderful trees and roots; these will be in addition to what I have been offering. I started looking up Tree Mandalas online and found an abundance of wonderful information to add to a possible focus for our Mandalas:
The tree is strong and sturdy, giving shade, shelter and life-sustaining sustenance. It actually holds much deeper meaning, though. Each type of tree has its own particular meaning and, when the tree mandala contains other images, the symbolism can become multi-faceted or more focused and specific.
Trees represent longevity, good fortune, security, blessings from nature, shelter and family stability. Tree mandala designs encompass all of this wonderful symbolism within the circle of the mandala. Additional meanings are connected to various types of trees. For example, fruit trees symbolize a nurturing energy because the tree produces an edible fruit to nurture people and animals. There is even more specific symbolism based on the tree species.
Apple trees are symbols of health and happiness, youth, beauty and magic.
Avocado trees symbolize nourishment in the spiritual sense.
Banana trees are about plentiful sustenance and danger, fertility and prosperity.
Cherry trees represent new awakening and rebirth, new love, affection, romance and good fortune.
Lemon trees symbolize the cleansing of impurities, the resulting freshness and healing.
Lime trees represent lovers’ attraction and the mystery of intimacy.
Many other types of trees carry additional significant meanings.
Blue spruce trees are symbols of good intentions, generosity and the joy of giving. They, of course, are the tree of Christmas, yule and winter solstice.
Chestnut trees symbolize long life and a healthy receptiveness to ancient wisdom.
Japanese maples represent bountiful blessing and restful retreat. A Japanese maple mandala would be ideal for someone about to retire.
Magnolia trees produce beautiful flowers. They symbolize matters of the heart, especially something held dear and ever-lasting love.
The tree of life represents earth, fire, air and water — the four elements of life that must come together to create and sustain it. The roots of this tree grow deep within the earth to provide a strong foundation and receive water while the branches and leaves reach up to receive the sun and air to produce its nourishing fruit of life. This tree symbolizes the magic and mystery of life since the beginning of time. It is known by a variety of names, depending on the religion or culture, but what it symbolizes is fairly consistent. The tree of life represent healing and renewal in the physical, emotional and spiritual sense. It also represents communication and the more “magical” types of communication or ways of gaining knowledge like telepathy and osmosis.
LOCATION: Classes will be held in my Westside ART Studio. This is in the ground-level basement of my Victorian home.
COST: A single class is $40. With a single, 3 hour class, students can expect to create a SIMPLE Mandala and receive an introductory lesson in the interesting and versatile technique of BATIK or WAX PAINTING. Additional classes are recommended for students who want to explore BATIK and its various methods in depth. All materials included for this class: an 18" X 18" fine cotton fabric, numerous mini samplers (approximately 3x6), beeswax, paraffin, all tools (tjanting and brushes). Classes are Saturdays from 11am-2pm. Open studio hours which I consider INDEPENDENT STUDY, are available for students after the first class for additional time at $10/hr or 12 hours for $100 plus the cost of fabric. When a student pays for an actual class, they receive instruction and fabric. I accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Personal Check and Cash.
EXPERIENCE: None required
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT: You will choose your design on arrival from the designs that I offer OR you can bring your own. You will receive your cloth that comes with a 10" circle drawn on. You will trace your chosen design onto your cloth. If this is your first class with me, I will instruct you as to how to use the hot wax with our tjanting tools. (The tjanting tool is a brass or copper receptacle with a spout that holds the hot wax and allows for drawing. They come in different sizes and flow differently. The wax must penetrate the cloth in order to form a barrier that the dye/ink cannot cross. Becoming skilled with this tool allows for the greatest detail.) There will be some practice time with the wax on practice cloth and then you will apply the hot wax to your Mandala drawing where you want it to be white. The WAX is a resist so by applying it, you will stop all other colors. If you look at some of the designs below, with white outlining, this is how your design will look when you apply your wax as an outline. The wax can also be applied to a solid area. Look at the Yin Yang design and imaging applying wax to the entire area that you see white. It will remain that way. The outer rim of the circle must also be waxed which will be a white line and serve as the border to set off your Mandala from your background paining. If you are only taking this one 3 hours class, your will wax for a fairly short period of time, 45 minutes or so. (This is just an introductory class, so know that if you wanted to pursue your knowledge of BATIK, it is far more time-consuming for more detailed designs.) Next we will apply our inks within the Mandala and on the back ground. Again, if you are just taking this one class, painting will be limited to about and hour of time. I encourage some watercolor techniques for the background. See below for some samples. And lastly, your will iron your piece to remove the wax.
Our dyes/inks are primary colors of yellow, magenta, cyan and black, the printer’s palette. From these colors, students will learn to mix whatever color they would like. Very brilliant colors. Dyes/inks are painted on within the resist outline. With this technique, all colors can be achieved.
Classes are small, 6-8 students. Students are encouraged to take multiple classes with discounts given.
To sign up or for any questions, contact me directly at Alexi637@sbcglobal.net. To hold your spot, payment is expected at the time of signup. Refunds are given up to one week in advance of the class. Less notice entitles the student to another class.
A bit about me...I have my BA in Art/Textile Design from San Jose State University, where I was able to study BATIK almost exclusively during my last two years. I went on to perfect my technique and have spent many years as a professional artist, teaching along the way. I am an Open Studios Artist for the Santa Cruz County Art Tour. I am also a professional creator of GREETING CARDS (www.etsy.com/shop/ladywholovesbirds). I have my DESIGNS in a number of stores: The Garden Company, Westside Feed, Homeless Garden Project, Birdwatcher and Chocolate Box (these last two in Los Gatos, CA). I love teaching others this really fascinating art form and look forward to meeting you.
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May 18th No Class
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June 22nd No Class
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