"Mysteries of WAX" Ongoing Saturday BATIK Classes with Open Studios Artist Alexandra Sanders Saturdays, 11-5pm
Learn the ancient technique of BATIK, which is a WAX RESIST Process of dying fabric. In this class you will learn how to use a TJANTING tool to draw with the wax to create your design. You will learn how to apply dyes/inks in different ways to create beautiful colors and textures. You will be given many ideas for inspiration for your final BATIK.
Each student starts off the same way, beginning on fine cotton and learning the SERTI Method of Resist Outlining. The hot wax is applied as a border using the tjanting tool, much like a coloring book outline. The wax must penetrate the cloth in order to form a barrier that the dye/ink cannot cross. 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. Becoming skilled with this tool allows for great detail.
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. A student who takes a single class, can expect to make one BATIK approximately 18” X 18” having learned the outlining technique mentioned above. When students take multiple classes, they will start to apply dyes/inks washing over the whole piece and blocking out areas of color with the hot wax, which is more akin to TRADITIONAL BATIK. They will also have the opportunity to work on multiple pieces at each class, and will end up with at least one BATIK per class. Students may start to work on SILK after the first class. Both cotton and silk are wonderful and are a personal choice.
A single class is $75 each; two classes are $140; four classes are $260 which includes all materials except silk. (There is a $10 materials fee for the silk.) Classes are every Saturday with the occasional exception and run from 11am-5pm. Students often come at 10am to work on designs with me. Open studio hours are available for additional time at $10/hr.
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.
The Process: The particular process we will be focusing on will be the OUTLINING TECHNIQUE of the SERTI Method of WAX application. This is where the hot wax is applied using a TJANTING tool, outlining your design on lovely cotton or silk material. Visually, the design is much like a coloring book or stained glass window with one exception; your OUTLINE will end up white! This is because the wax is applied to the white fabric, and wherever the wax is applied, no color can penetrate. We experiment first on one of our samplers, getting comfortable with the tjanting tool and making sure the wax penetrated the fabric, which is very important. We learn to use a soldering iron to melt the wax to ensure penetration. Once we are confident, we will apply our outlines to our main fabric and complete our design. Next we will mixed our own unique colors from our primary colors. So a little color theory is part of the class. Each student will have their own tray for mixing colors. I recommend bringing a small notebook to take notes and jot down how you created your color. I usually put a swish of color on the page with the formula (2 drops Yellow, 4 drops Scarlett, etc.) Fabric needs to dry before we iron off the wax, and during the drying time, students will work on their second sampler.
What to expect? SINGLE CLASS:Each student will complete (1) 18" x 18" cotton BATIK. Smaller cotton samplers are used to experiment and as you learn how to use the tjanting tool, to apply the wax, experiment with color, etc. These samplers often become mini art pieces, especially for the more experienced.
MULTIPLE CLASSES: Each student will complete as many BATIKS as number of classes taken. Taking multiple classes allows for working on multiple, different sized batiks at each class, applying dyes/inks, and working on these pieces again at the next class, once the colors have dried. BATIKS will begin to fill up with wax and wonderful things begin to happen. In order to experience a true emersion into BATIK, one really must take multiple classes.
Designs can either be your own or you can choose from the many design ideas that I email you. I search out a variety of designs via Pinterest and other sites on the Internet, that I think are suitable. I arrange with you to pick up your fabric ahead of time, or I can mail it to you. I would like you to draw on your design at home (lightly drawn on with pencil) ahead of time. We can discuss design choices via email. If you cannot pick up or have any difficulty at all, you can come an hour early to class and draw it on in the studio. I am pretty flexible about this. I just would prefer not to use our class time for drawing.
.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. and 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.
Dates and Cost: All materials included, except SILK ($10 materials fee). Classes on COTTON: you will complete (1) 18" X 18" BATIK suitable for framing.
Class Dates, All Saturdays, 11-5pm. (Students can come at 10am to draw on their designs.) with the occasional break.
February 16th, February 23rd March 2nd March 9th March 16th March 23rd: no class
One Class is $75.00 Two Classes is $140 Three Classes is $210 Four Classes is $260 *
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