Another Kind of Batik
I enjoy an easy method of batik called the paint on method. This method has few steps and allows for great variations of color and shade without having to master the complicated blending of successive layers of color. I paint on both cotton and silk using the Serti method. Both techniques are done basically the same. Wax is applied to outlines and any portion of the design that are to remain white later. Dye or paint is then applied in many colors to areas inside the waxed design, allowed to set and then the fabric is washed and dried.
According to what you use, i.e., paints or dyes, you may have to steam the finished product or just heat set the piece. I prefer to use Setasilk paints that only need heat setting.
Here are two pieces I am currently working on. The first one is on Charmeuse silk and the second one is on Southern Belle 100% cotton. The last piece is finished and is on Southern Belle 100% cotton.
This piece now has color on the bird's heads and a pale yellow background. I will hand embroider the background with light yellow and light orange silk thread.