Re: resist questions...
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on October 18, 2002 at 22:40:23:
: warm??? what exactly *is* gutta? I saw it on the Dharma site....
Gutta is a resist made of latex, rubber or petrochem or ....? You can
get black gutta, colorless, and metallic from Dharma. Some black and
metallics smell of petrochemicals. There are some made of latex or
rubber stuff. DharmaTrading has a pop-up window on gutta. Some of
it's flammable so UPS doesn't want to deliver it. Some of the guttas
disappear if you dry clean them ... so ... if you want the black line
you can't dryclean the cloth, or if you want the clear line you have
to dryclean the cloth to get rid of the latex.
There are some indigenous resists made of kaolin (fine clay) (mud).
I'm partial to a crockpot full of parrafin, applied with a brush just
because it's so brain-dead easy. All I have to do to get rid of the
wax is 1) heatset the dye 2) throw it in the sink with HOT HOT HOT
water and something like Dawn Dishwashing liquid that floats grease
out. If its a big piece, I wash it 3 times in the washing machine
on HOT with cheap liquid detergent and that strips all the wax out.
It never hurt my washing machine. The wax just went into suspension,
and disolved in detergent and went on its way.
The only eco-friendly resist would be kaolin.
Yes, henna patterns done into cloth are FABOO. Yes, you can do dance
scarves and saris this way.
If you want to do big pieces, get lots of bamboo stakes (like you use
to stake up tomatoes) and shove them into the ground, and
rubberband/pin the cloth to those. If the weather doesn't suck
tomorrow, I'll do one and take a pic so you see what I mean. I've done
direct batik pieces as large as 12' by 36' ( 4 meters by 12 meters).
All you do is make all your resist lines ....... then start painting
in all the colors just like you'd color in a coloring book.
If you've got the skills to do henna, you've certanly got the skills
to do direct batik and the patterns will transfer right over!
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