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Any design I have created by using wax, or the batik method, falls under this category. Batik is an old Indonesian process of dyeing fabric, in which hot wax (that works as a waterproofing) is applied to the fabric in order to repel or control the dyes that are added. There are different kinds of waxes & different ways they, and the dyes, can be applied. Paraffin Wax is brittle when it cools off, so it can be cracked while it's on the fabric, and when the fabric is dyed afterwards, ONLY the cracked areas will get dyed. Bees Wax is soft & flexible when it cools off, so it will not crack and when the fabric is dyed afterwards, there will be a clear unbroken line or image on the fabric. Every new layer of dye color can be preserved by waxing it before adding another coat of dye. Again, only the areas waxed will be saved - all other areas of the fabric will be dyed if not waxed, and the color of the unwaxed areas will change with every new layer of dye added. This process can be done over & over from lighter to darker colors. After the layering of wax & dye has been completed, I boil & wash the piece a few times to get out all the wax & excess dye. The result should be a clean image on the fabric. Please click on the images to make 'em bigger.

'black white yellow one'


'Mel's sharktooth'

'egret bergman'

'fish eye sun'



'the boat'

'african mask'

'festive fish'

'thunder clouds'

'Jane's door'

'blue moon'

'Pedro: lost at mardi gras'

'fat ol' sun'

'moon over the atlantic'

'jug O sudz'


'the shell'

'dawn patrol'

'rose 4 Rose'


'tree frog' first waxworx
door hangings / table runners

blue untitled

green untitled


'blue nautilus'

Next, see my tribute to Old Glory: USA Collection...

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