Batik - Art and Craft by Nik Krevitsky

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Gum arabic applied the thickness of heavy cream will give unusual effects. These resists may be used by themselves or in combination with other water-soluble resists. The steps in all wash-off resist methods are similar. First the water-soluble resist is applied quite thick. It should almost form little mounds on the paper. After it has dried, waterproof inks are carefully brushed on. Care should be taken not to rub these back and forth over the resist, as the resist may smear or run. Allow the ink to penetrate completely the fibers of the paper, dry, and set.

Is areas as the design develops, and to constantly work, as the painter does, with in the dye, the After a second waxing, which covers parts of layers of ink these sensitive small adjustments are what make the work of art the product of a creative person. Between making the sketch and completing the work the artist inevitably grows; so must the work. Do not attempt to make a batik look exactly like a pencil drawing, or watercolor, or a cut paper color sketch which you may use for the plan. Do not try to translate an oil painting into the batik technique.

To be worn only Courtesy, Standard Oil Co. (N. ) Tulis batik, hand waxed with the tjanting, from Java. Photo: Archives of the Tropen Kon Inst, v/d Traditional paste resist batik design from China. Batik on leather from Japan Stencil print batik for Japan. 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.

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