In this workshop participants will experiment on both cloth and paper to build layers using soy wax, an environmentally safe alternative to traditional wax batik. Using a variety of unconventional tools as well as a few traditional ones workshop participants can experiment with soy wax to achieve interesting and colorful layers. Warning: playing with soy wax can become habit-forming!
Materials fee: $20, which covers soy wax and use of tools & paint during the workshop.
Students must wear clothes suitable for painting as well as closed-toe shoes.
Limit 20 students
Room requirements: Access to water, power sources to accommodate 2-3 heat sources (in this case, electric skillets) as well as 2 irons.
Workshop will require 2 padded, heat-proof ironing surfaces (not necessarily ironing boards!) for use when students remove soy wax using newsprint. I can bring irons if necessary, but would prefer they be provided if possible.
- A variety of cloth, cotton & silk broadcloth recommended. Please bring white and light solid colors-only. Cloth should be pre-cut into small sizes: fat quarter & fat-eighths are ideal. Bring one half-yard piece of cotton cloth, such as muslin.
- A variety of papers: hot-press watercolor paper, hand-made paper, old magazine pages, and even junk mail!
- Bring a large stack of used newspapers. (think the equivalent of 4 Sunday papers). The old papers will be used to remove wax with an iron. Students within driving range should bring a plastic bucket, which can be used to haul wet items. Those who are flying should include a couple of large Ziploc bags for wet storage during transit. Most of the pieces will be heat set, time-permitting. Bring a paper or plastic (small) grocery bag for trash. Bring 2-4 kitchen sized trash can liners.
- Paper and cloth scissors are recommended.