Swirling Blues and Leaves – how the scarf was made

One of my latest scarves was such fun to paint – as indeed they all are. I’m sharing here a few of the photos I took along the way to let you see how it came about.

Here is the first layer. Lots of different shades of blues, turquoises and greens, all intermingles. I added a few swirly shapes to bring in some movement.

Painting the base layer of blues and greens on the silk scarf

Painting the base layer of blues and greens on the silk scarf

Next I got out the tjanting and added some leaf motifs. Dancing around upside down and back to front as I love to do. Again more movement.

Heating the wax for batik on the silk scarf

Heating the wax for batik on the silk scarf

The tjanting is the traditional Indonesian tool used for drawing lines with the wax on the fabric.

Blue swirl leaves 3

Then I mixed some darker turquoise and painted in the leaf shapes, adding tiny bits of texture to them.

The batik work is completed and the silk scarf if drying

The batik work is completed and the silk scarf if drying

Here it is drying getting ready for the steaming. Finally the 3 hour steam bath rolled up in paper to set the dyes.

The silk scarf displayed out in the sun

The silk scarf displayed out in the sun

And there we are.

I really loved doing the photoshoot as this one is so expressive. As you can see from one of the photos, it lends itself perfectly to pinning in place with a pretty brooch. Mmmm….

The silk scarf draped and pinned on one shoulder

The silk scarf draped and pinned on one shoulder

And imagine being swathed in this gorgeous silk fabric. If you’d like me to create some bespoke silk fabric for you, please get in touch so we can have a talk about it and make it happen.

Email: info@silkandart.com

 

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