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THE USE OF LINES IN THE BATIK PROCESS

During the festive season, I was busy working on 4 batiks including these 2 and I've just finished the ironing.
The underlying idea was to experiment with a small brush dipped in wax to come up with lots of lines to separate color. I had to rewax these lines a number of times for them to still remain visible even after the darker dyes were added.  The goal was to bring a web-like feeling to these batiks and I think I was successful to an extent.


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