Silk painting and batik are very similar. Both use fabric, though silk painting is usually done on silk and in this video, you will note that cotton is used. Batik is a wax resist, whereas silk painting uses gutta as a resist. I have tried both, but much prefer silk painting as it is more like a traditional painting and is faster to complete.
But there is no doubt that the soft blending of colour over colour found in batik is extremely lovely and in high demand. Personally, I hate the mess of the wax removal and find that the fabric usually has a stiffness to it when completed, that I do not like.
There is no doubt though that you will be enthralled by this video. Please make a cuppa and sit down and watch it all; it is an excellent video and one that might just change your mind about batik!
If you want to learn how to paint on silk, you do not have to find a class near you to join; simply join the online silk painting course and if you want more personalised assistance, you can access the mentoring sessions as well. There are students from America, Canada, England and Australia, so join this unique group of artists and enjoy! But if you want to learn Batik, then perhaps a trip to Indonesia is the answer!
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