This scarf is great to make for yourself or for a gift, and it comes from your "green" studio when you use eco-friendly soy wax. This is a great first project to explore soy batik; the wax acts as a resist on the scarf, making painting almost foolproof. Using textile paints instead of dyes simplifies the process enough to complete in an afternoon. Make it contemporary, classic, or wild, depending on your choice of colors and wax patterns.
- Always use natural-bristle brushes with wax. The wax will not come out of the brushes, so mark them for this use.
- An old crockpot, double boiler, or electrical skillet can be used instead of the melting pot.
- Soy wax will not clog your drains.
- CAUTION: Do not leave melted wax unattended. Always unplug any electrical tools when you are done using them.
Janet Lasher is a textile artist who uses printmaking, surface design, embellishment techniques, and any new media or techniques that interest her to create multi-dimensional, interpretive works, which range from jewelry to scarves, and clothing to visual art.
You can visit her blog at janetlasher.blogspot.com.