In the text below, Barbara Gabogrecan gives her description and critique based on the video
It is somewhat confusing when one speaks of Silk Painting as there are two distinct types of silk art. One paints using dyes and the other uses paint. Daniel Jean-Baptiste uses liquid pigment paints which requires different techniques, but will still give lovely vibrant colours, enhancing the luminosity of the silk.
Daniel style is a modern form of Batik, though the wax does not necessarily act as a resist, but rather as contour. This use of wax is very different to the original Batik of Asian artists; it is used in the same way as gutta is used. Even the tools are different.
Instead of using the copper bowl and spout of a tjantin (canting) to hold the wax and to draw with it while it is hot, Daniel makes his own tools from acetate. He folds a piece of acetate into a cone formation into which he pours the wax.
The water based wax, moves through the cone spout, when gently squeezing the pliable acetate, in an even flow enabling fine lines to be drawn. The wax can be clear (as it appears when purchased) or it can have coloured pigments added to it. When he stops squeezing the cone the wax moves back up the cone and therefore does not drip onto the silk.
This method is actually using the wax in place of gutta. The liquid pigment paints are then applied, producing vibrant, exciting and exotic results which give an added feeling of strength and grandeur to the work of art.
Daniel has also experimented with watery pigment on a wet silk surface. He gets some amazing shimmering effects using this technique (see image above).
Gabogrecan’s Hints and Tips
If you decide to use paint rather than dyes, make sure that you use different brushes and containers. Do not mix them up with tools used for dyes.
Danielle describes how he makes the acetate cone and uses it to draw, using wax which he has coloured black, using a pigment. You can then enjoy watching him apply the brilliant colour. Note that it does not run and move as dye would and therefore is easier to control.
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