"ONGOING BATIK CLASSES" with Open Studios Artist Alexandra Sanders Saturdays, 11-2pm Westside Santa Cruz Art Studio
NOTE: Beginning August 1st, I will be working with my returning students. However, if you want to get a group of 3 or 4 together, I will host a BEGINNING CLASS for you on the date you would like, including Sundays. These will be referred to as HOSTED BATIK CLASSES.
Our classes will focus on the SERTI Method of BATIK (or painting with hot wax). We will create an outline of a simple design with our wax. We use wonderful tools, calling tjanting (pronounced janting) tools that are brass or copper receptacles with spouts that hold the hot wax and allow for drawing. By outlining in wax, we are creating a WHITE OUTLINE. Much like a coloring book, although reversed as the outline is white. Once we have outlined our design with our hot wax, we will be ready to paint different colored dyes to complete our design. The wax outline will hold the color in place and prevent it from flowing freely into the other colors. We also have the opportunity to do a little watercolor technique on our fabric if time permits.
Our wax forms a border and to work properly it must penetrate our fabric all the way through. To make sure of this, we also use a soldering iron to touch up any breaks in the wax before we start painting. We will use primary colors and can mix any color from these colors.
This outlining technique is very doable for the time allowed, as long as we keep the design fairly simple.
Various designs will be offered or you may find or create your own.
We will spend some time practicing with the wax before we attempt to apply the wax to our fabric. If you wish to pick up your fabric ahead of time to draw on your design, I can leave it out for you. This will allow more time in class for waxing. It is an option.
Cost for a BEGINNING class is $60 per person; limit is 4. This covers instruction, fabric (18” X 18” fine cotton as well as numerous small samplers for practice or mini pieces), beeswax (100%), use of all tools, irons, soldering irons, etc. Once students have taken one of my introductory classes, they will have the option to continue on as Open Studio Students for $10/hr, or you can purchase a voucher for 12 hours for $100. (Fabric is additional for open studio options, or you may bring your own, sized appropriately-no larger than 18”’x18”. It must be 100% cotton and free of any sizing. To purchase from me, the cotton fabric is $10, or $5 if you want it RAW; this means you would wash and iron it yourself.) This means you can come to any Saturday class (space permitting) or any of the various open studio times that I offer: Tuesday evenings or Wednesday afternoons by appointment. Other times are also available, including Sundays, also by appointment. This is a wonderful way to continue on with your study of this wonderful medium.
As an Open Studios Artist, I start getting pretty busy August and September, preparing my own work. So as mentioned above, those months will be more for returning students, who work more independently OR for HOSTED CLASSES. Be thinking about holiday gifts or other special gifts: wedding, housewarming, birthdays, etc. A handmade BATIK is very special and can be made into various things suitable for gifts or your own décor: prayer flags, mandalas, pillows, home sweet home flags, pot holders, fabric cards, wall art, baby tees,ornaments etc. We have different processes for different projects. I will work with you on creating what you would like to create.
Classes are held at my studio which is in the GROUND LEVEL BASEMENT of my Victorian Home on the Westside of Santa Cruz. This is also where I hold my Open Studios in October and December. Very accessible. The studio is quite unique. For me, it has always represented the freedom to create and it is all set up for 4 students.
To sign up, please message me or you can email me at Alexi637@sbcglobal.net. Once I have received your payment, either in my mailbox or PayPal, I will send you confirmation and additional instructions. Studio address is 637 Columbia Street Westside Santa Cruz. And please message me with any questions.
LOCATION: Classes will be held in my Westside ART Studio. This is in the ground-level basement of my Victorian home.
COST: This INTRODUCTORY class is $60. With a single, 3 hour class, students can expect to create a SIMPLE DESIGN 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, 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. I accept PayPal, Credit Cards, Personal Check and Cash.
HOSTED Classes: These are PARTY Classes. You choose the date, the time (3 hour minimum), for 3-4 students.
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 an 18" x 18" piece of white muslin. You will trace your chosen design onto your cloth. If you did this ahead of time, you will start right in with practice. I will instruct you as to how to use the hot wax with our tjanting tools. There will be some practice time with the wax on practice cloth and then you will apply the hot wax to your fabric where you want it to be white. Since this is a WHITE on BLACK class, you will be doing all your waxing in this step. If you are only taking this one 3 hour class, your will wax for an hour and a half or so. Once we wax all our white areas, we will examine the back for penetration. This is very important so that the wax fully resists the dye. We may need to wax the back a bit more or use a soldering iron to make sure that the wax creates that necessary resist. Once we are satisfied that the wax is right, we will submerge our fabric in our vat of black dye and hang it to dry. We will take a break while it dries. And lastly, your will iron your piece to remove the wax.
Classes are small, 4 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.