Thank you to Diana Fenney for allowing us to use her batik paintings in this blog post.
Diana works on Mulberry paper and Lokta paper using hot candle wax as a resist. Her paints are made from procion dyes (recipe, hot water and salt only) which give her the range of colours she needs. The brilliance of the dyes plus the looseness of the work with hot wax makes the work very immediate and vibrant.
The Batik wax masks the areas Diana intended to keep white, such as the snow and sunlight. Colours can be built up in layers, removing the wax from each stage of the painting. An effective method of removing the wax is to iron the painting between sheets of newspaper so that the melted wax is blotted away.
Here, Diana Fenney uses the wax to mask of the areas of the painting which are highlighted by sunlight such as the leaves in the trees and along the footpath.
Using the batik wax as a resist is extremely effective for painting snow. The areas of the painting intended to remain white or uncoloured are those painted with the wax.
Diana Fenney holds regular Batik workshops and demonstrations of her technique. You can write to her at: Greyroof, Alandale Road, Birdham, Chichester, PO20 7QN. Or you can telephone her on: 01243 512674 or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Batik Tools & Supplies
The range of batik tools and materials available from George Weil can be used for the painting technique featured. There is a thermostatically controlled wax melting pot which keeps the wax molten. This means the melted wax remains fluid as it is applied to the paper. There are a choice of waxes which include natural beeswax and clear paraffin wax granules. The soy wax flakes offer a non-oil based alternative, while the cold liquid wax provides an option for use straight from the jar. Find out more from the Batik & Shibori section of the website.