Re: henna and fabric art... some questions...

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 18, 2002 at 16:28:41:

In reply to: henna and fabric art... some questions... posted by Darla so Dreadly on October 18, 2002 at 15:42:45:

: If I want to do some batik resist, like what CCJ did on the other
: henna on silk piece, the one with the hands, what kind of wax should
: I get?

Plain old parrifin will do. I get mine in the grocery store next to
the jelly and jam supplies. GulfWax is the brand.

Lots more instructions are coming up in the next article of the
journal .... and once I get past my midterm exams, I'll do another

: I want to try doing some fabric decorating using henna designs, what
: dye goes into a jaquard bottle normally? I don't want the dye to
: bleed... I just want to do some henna designs in other colors besides
: henna colored! hahaha!

Nearly everything bleeds except henna. How much bleeding depends on
the kind of cloth. There are "puffypaint" sorts of fabric paints that
stay put but they have a fearsome "ikky" characteristic because
they're plastic. Your tradeoff is : if its NOT going to
bleed/wick/spread out, it's likely to be stiff from having some binder
in it that keeps it from bleeding. If it's going to leave your cloth
soft and nice to touch ... it's probably going to wick along the fiber.

Think in terms of resist work. Resist stops bleeding/spreading/wicking
down the fiber. Other than henna on a cooperative cloth, resist is the
ticket to crisp lines. Jac bottles are meant to use with resists ...
gutta, wax, something like that. I like using a crockpot and
parrafin, applied with a sumi brush.
(Trust me.... lots of instructions coming in the journal article)

: I really want to try my hand at working with fabrics like this, but I
: go to the Dharma Trading Co. website and just wander around
: aimlessly, not knowing what to get.

The dharma products I"ve used and would recommend are:

Dye-na-Flow silk paints. These are fantastic for salt effect work on
silk. You can do direct silk batik with them, and that's what you see
in the pic above.

Versatex Fabric Paints are great for cotton. Use them as "direct
batik" and you'll be a happy camper. Heat set them in your dryer. I
can't think of anything better for booth banners.

I've used both of those for years and in class I present them as
"un-f*ck-up-able" art.


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