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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Soy Wax Resist

Nothing gets my heart beating faster than soy wax and thickened dye. I had this great idea for a soy wax resist pattern. One of the hurdles in Silk Screening is ending up with a discrete amount of dye on your cloth instead of a huge colored square. I think that is what I loved about the thin line tape resist from last week - just thin lines of color.

I started out with my electric skillet and my jaggedly cut foam paint brush. I've been using this brush for years and I still find it gives me lines I always love.

Soy wax in place and I'm loving it.

Pinned tightly. I remembered!!

Two colors on

I really like the way this came out with the four colors but I want to try it again on a huge piece of fabric placing the screen randomly hither and thither.

I just set the screen aside without washing it and it is ready to play another day.


  1. This is really wonderful Beth, what a nice technique and a good combination with the soywax.

  2. I forgot to mention that to remove the soy wax from the screen just pour a kettle of boiling water over the screen followed by Ivory liquid dishwashing liquid and the screen is ready to go!!

  3. Love it! Soy wax is one of my fave things to use in so many ways, and screening with it is great!

  4. Definitely a 'must try'!!! :)

  5. Love soy wax and screens. Haven't done that in years. Thanks for the inspiration.

  6. Wow, I've never tried soy wax on a screen, and the lines from that foam brush are amazing!!

  7. Love this, but I always have a difficult time removing the wax from the fabric. Any suggestions?

  8. Angie, are you referring to removing the soy wax from the screen, or from fabric where you have applied soy wax directly before dyeing the fabric? Either way, hot water is usually all you need to remove the wax. Traditional batik waxes - paraffin and beeswax - is much harder, which is why I love soy wax. It melts at a much lower temperature.
    Hope this helps,
    Judy Sall

  9. Thanks Judy. I meant the fabric; I've tried ironing it out, but can't seem to get it all out. Will try some hot water.

    Thanks again.


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