Saturday, April 17, 2010

Soy Wax

I had never used soy wax before - these are my first test pieces. Most are painted with textile paints, except the one with the circles inside squares which is painted with procion dyes. A few more dyed ones are batching. I prefer the dyed ones but paint will probably be easier in a workshop situation.
Must say, I still like traditional batik using paraffin & beeswax more, except for the hassle of removing the wax. Soy wax washes out in hot soapy water but because it is water soluble, the paint or dye tends to leach through and you don't get such a clear result - also you can't put it in a dye bath. However, I'll keep experimenting with it.

Today I tried gelatine printing, again for the first time - really enjoy this process! No pics yet. Both techniques are covered very well in Rayna Gillman's book: Create your own hand printed cloth which I would recommend.

Yesterday I took my finished quilt to be professionally photographed so I can enter Stitched & Bound. Another first - pat on the back for me - getting it done this time! I'm quite happy with the way it turned out but we'll see if the judges like it.
I'm off to Japan next Friday and there's lots to do before that, so may not blog until I return on the 5th May.
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artymess said...

I have never heard of soy wax do you use it hot /cold? i like the results with the procion dyes

Fran├žoise said...

I like your experiments with soy wax.
Have a nice time in Japan.

Doreen G said...

The samples are fascinating Linda
and I have never heard of soy wax either.Have a wonderful time in Japan.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I bought some soy wax in August, fully intending to use it, but, as yet haven't. Your work has inspired me to go find it and have a dabble my next free weekend. Have a great time in Japan.

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

I have never tried any kind of wax either. I love the results ! Thank you for sharing.

Sandy said...

Those are great samples. I haven't tried it yet. Have fun in Japan.

Nia Tilley said...

These are fabulous Linda. I have never tried this - something else to put on the wish list. Have a great time in Japan.

Judy said...

Love your results and I love Rayna's book too! I'd used soy wax primarily up until last week when I began using beeswax and paraffin. Both have their merits, don't they?

Have a great time in Japan.