By jane2012, Aug 28 2020 03:59PM

Hello! How are you? Feeling good and well I hope despite all the turmoil in the world. As a little respite to "all that" I wondered if you might be interested in a little behind the scenes glimpse into how I produce my mirror frames.


I have noticed that some people who have seen the finished frames immediately assume that they have just been painted, which I suppose is an easy mistake to make. Batik is not a common or particularly popular art form here so batik on wood is not likely to be something most people have come across or would even recognise. So, I thought I would enlighten you!


The frames are produced using the same basic technique that I use when making my textile batiks in that I use colour and wax as a resist to build up the design, but instead of using dye, I use chalk paint. I've posted some images of frames I have produced to show you what they look like mid-way through production. I think the image that shows mostly clearly the wax application is probably the yellow 'Sunflower' mirror picture. With the way the light falls on the frame you can see the raised areas where the wax is under the top coat.


To begin with I apply a couple of coats of the base coat and once this is dry I sketch out the design using the amazing Frixion pens. The pen marks disappear when heat is applied which means I'm not left with lots of pencil marks at the end! Once this is done I apply the hot wax, drawing out the design. After that I paint over a coat of the top colour. Finally, once this is dry I begin the painstaking process of scraping back the waxed areas to reveal the base coat.


I've included a link here to my YouTube channel which has a short video demonstrating the scraping back technique. It looks quite brutal while it's being done but if you visit my Batik on Wood Gallery page you can see the finished results.


Hope you like! Let me know if there is anything you'd like to see in upcoming posts!


Love to you all

Jane x


August 2020

By jane2012, Mar 2 2019 05:13PM

So as promised I am making a concerted effort to write more here about my life and art.


Since last time I've been working on a textile batik. I wanted to do something more personal, that reflects my inner life and I wanted it to be a self portrait. I found a random selfie I had taken a while ago and liked the way it looks like I'm slightly away with the fairies (which I often am to be fair!). I was lying in bed at the time and my hair is splayed over the pillow making me look a bit windswept and interesting. Perfect.


I started the batik on a Saturday morning and was on such a roll that I pretty much continued right through the day and some of the evening. I love it when the muse hits and I'm just right there in the flow. It's the most satisfying feeling!


As you can see from the photos, I sketched out my image onto the cotton and began building up the tones and shadows on the skin. At first I was really pleased with the image I created but then started to pick holes in it, as is my wont, deciding that one eye was bigger than the other making me look like I have squint, so I bleached out some of the dark outline from the offending eye, which helps a bit I think. I'm also not too happy with the colour of the top but I have decided that the image kind of reminds me Ophelia drowning so I'm going to change that by having her in a watery space. The idea being that the bluey-green of the water will cover the gold and make it look as though she's sinking below the surface.


I love batik because it changes as I'm doing it; dyes don't behave as I'd like or the wax runs into an unintended place. I've learned to relax and go with it when this happens. It's all part of the process.


Unfortunately I have work during the week so I haven't been able to do anything since last Sunday (It's Saturday now) and as the week has progressed I have done my usual thing of questioning myself and my intention and thinking about what other people will think of it. Why do I do that? Why do I care?? It's ridiculous isn't it? This diminishing of our creativity, wanting to hide it. I gave myself a talking to this morning after attending a printmaking course which fired me up again and repinned the batik, adding the blue dye to the back ground. As I type I'm waiting for it to dry so I can add the next part of the design which I will upload next week.


So anyway, here you are, this is where it's at at the moment...more to come!

First sketch
First sketch
first waxing
first waxing
skin tones
skin tones
dark tones and second waxing
dark tones and second waxing
gold top
gold top
watery background
watery background