By jane2012, Aug 28 2020 03:59PM
Hello! How are you? Feeling good and well I hope despite all the turmoil in the world. As a little respite to "all that" I wondered if you might be interested in a little behind the scenes glimpse into how I produce my mirror frames.
I have noticed that some people who have seen the finished frames immediately assume that they have just been painted, which I suppose is an easy mistake to make. Batik is not a common or particularly popular art form here so batik on wood is not likely to be something most people have come across or would even recognise. So, I thought I would enlighten you!
The frames are produced using the same basic technique that I use when making my textile batiks in that I use colour and wax as a resist to build up the design, but instead of using dye, I use chalk paint. I've posted some images of frames I have produced to show you what they look like mid-way through production. I think the image that shows mostly clearly the wax application is probably the yellow 'Sunflower' mirror picture. With the way the light falls on the frame you can see the raised areas where the wax is under the top coat.
To begin with I apply a couple of coats of the base coat and once this is dry I sketch out the design using the amazing Frixion pens. The pen marks disappear when heat is applied which means I'm not left with lots of pencil marks at the end! Once this is done I apply the hot wax, drawing out the design. After that I paint over a coat of the top colour. Finally, once this is dry I begin the painstaking process of scraping back the waxed areas to reveal the base coat.
I've included a link here to my YouTube channel which has a short video demonstrating the scraping back technique. It looks quite brutal while it's being done but if you visit my Batik on Wood Gallery page you can see the finished results.
Hope you like! Let me know if there is anything you'd like to see in upcoming posts!
Love to you all