Creative Batik by Rosi Robinson

By | 19 December 08

Creative Batik by Rosi Robinson is a must have for the beginning batik artist and an excellent reference to keep on the shelf for inspiration and instruction in the modern methods of producing batik art cloth.

Summary

  • Short history of traditional batik
  • Detailed chapters explaining materials and tools
  • Easy to follow step-by-step projects, accompanied with beautiful colored photos

Modern batik methods make this art form accessible to any person interested in creating exciting art cloth and garments.

Batik is an ancient Javanese art form and in its traditional practice required many steps of dyeing and waxing, dyeing traditionally done with repeated dip dyeing in natural indigo (blues) and soga (browns). Included in a brief history of batik, its origin and practice, are color photos showing beautiful examples of traditional batik cloth.

Traditional batik involves repeated waxing, dip dyeing and boiling the wax out of the cloth, however this book illustrates simpler methods of applying wax and dye and removing the wax with everyday household tools and materials.

You will learn six different techniques used in modern batik: using hard wax, stamps, brushes, etching and cracking, discharging and drawing with wax using traditional canting tools.

Projects include step-by-step easy-to-follow instructions, materials and tools lists illustrated by clear colored photos. The variety of projects – scarves, art cloth, lampshades – will start you well on your way to creating beautiful art-to-wear, wall hangings and designer household accessories. The possibilities are endless! As extra eye-candy and inspiration there is a gallery of beautiful photos of finished batik pieces.

Batik is a fun, exciting art form and the use of modern materials and methods makes this art technique available to anyone. Keep this book on the shelf for reference and inspiration for future textile projects.

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