By jane2012, Jul 22 2018 10:04AM


It's been a while, I know! I would love to be more disciplined and post more regularly here, but life has a habit of getting in the way!

It's been a busy summer here at Chez Sharp and between preparing for and completing my charity walk in June and working full time on top of that, there hasn't been a lot of time for creativity. Now that the walk is done (more of that in a later post) I have been throwing myself into some creative projects and it's been so nice to come back to!

Alongside my more traditional textile batik work I have been experimenting with batik on wood and have to say, I've been really enjoying it! I started off by having a go on some cheap off cuts from our local Scraps Store here in MK. They take discs of wood discarded in the making of speaker boxes at Marshall's in Bletchley and sell them on to artists and makers to do with what they will. The wood is only cheap ply so the finish was not brilliant but I was pleased with the overall result and it has definitely spurred me on!

The principle is the same as for textiles; you map out your design and apply wax to the areas you don't wish to colour. It is a lot more immediate than with textile though, which is quite satisfying, and when done on a nice piece of wood, the dye can really bring out the grain. This is definitely something I will be developing, so watch this space!

I've added the images here and as you can see I've also upcycled a star light purchased from Mrs B's Emporium in Wolverton, and an old Ikea mirror I bought years ago. My next project is another purchase from Mrs B's; a small ornamental dresser. Can't wait to post the pics of that when it's finished!

By jane2012, Nov 2 2014 11:51AM

Two posts in one day - I know!

This weekend, while waiting for new supplies of soda ash and wax to arrive I thought I'd keep myself busy by making my Christmas cards despite it being barely past Hallowe'en!

I've always wanted to have a go at using a cap (pronounced chap) which is a copper stamp commonly used in Indonesian batik as way to block print the wax resist onto fabric*. Anyway, necessity is the mother of invention so I decided to make my own simpler version using Xmas cookie cutters and surprisingly they worked really well! I've already made one batch of cards and am currently working on some more which will hopefully be up on my Etsy page really soon, the link to which you can find on my 'contact' page.

I've included some pictures below of the cap (and me) in action and one of my finished Xmas cards.

*If you're interested in finding out more about caps then you can a look here: . I don't know the author of this page so can't take responsibility for any content but it's a very interesting article and shows some lovely examples of these tools.