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New Ideas on Framing Batiks

Framing any artwork can be expensive and intimidating. First thing they ask is what frame do you want? Then they ask you to pick your matte color. What if you don’t find the matte color you had in mind?

We have the solution: You hire Cindy to CREATE A CUSTOM BACKGROUND FOR YOUR BATIK! The background becomes your new custom matte. She can match any color and mimic any part of your original design. Like the one you see in the zebras drinking water titled Tentative Drink.

Traditionally Batiks are framed in what is called top mounting. Meaning that the Batik fabric rests on top of the matte so the fabric’s rough edges are visible. A problematic issue with this type of mounting is you must use glue or something to attach the fabric to the matte board. These glue marks can quite often be seen through the fabric— not so pretty. Using this new design solution solves that problem.

Cindy can offer this same solution to her customers and she can recommend framers she worked with. She stands ready to help customers after the purchases of Batiks whether it’s framing customarily, treating it like a standard canvas, or trying a beautiful new way to display your artwork.

The framer wraps the fabric around the foam board which is sticky.

She secures it on the back. Framer cuts foam board to size, and she secures background custom Batik to it.

She cuts the unwanted portion of the background back away so the next foam board will stick together. The framer wraps the fabric around the sticky foam board.

She sticks the “Tentative Drink” foam board on the background foam board. She has removed unwanted Batik fabric.

She continues the framing. She sticks the “Tentative Drink” Batik on the second piece of foam board cut nearly the same size as the Batik.

See how the foam board makes the “Tentative Drink” Batik more prominent raised up above the background fabric.

Finished.

Detail close up.

Beautiful Solution!

Cool New Way to Frame

  • The framer wraps the fabric around the foam board which is sticky.
  • She secures it on the back. Framer cuts foam board to size, and she secures background custom Batik to it.
  • She cuts the unwanted portion of the background back away so the next foam board will stick together. The framer wraps the fabric around the sticky foam board.
  • She sticks the “Tentative Drink” on the second piece of foam board cut nearly the same size as the Batik. She cuts the unwanted portion of the background custom Batik so the next foam board will stick together.
  • She sticks the “Tentative Drink” foam board on the background form board. She has removed unwanted Batik fabric.
  • She continues the framing. She sticks the “Tentative Drink” Batik on the second piece of foam board cut nearly the same size as the Batik.
  • See how the foam board makes the “Tentative Drink” Batik more prominent raised up above the background fabric.

  • Beautiful Solution!

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How to Build Values in Batik Hand Painting

The Batik Process

Shaken Not Stirred

The process of Batik involves two methods; one being hand painting directly on the fabric, and the other is dip dying in buckets. This piece “Shaken Not Stirred” was painted entirely by hand painting using special fabric dyes manufactured for painting on fabric. In this slide show you see how the fabric dyes increase in value or become darker and darker.

  • When Cindy starts her hand painting process she uses the very lightest of colors.
  • She allows the fabric dyes to dry completely before she returns.

  • She returns and adds more value to each color.

  • She builds and builds the values of each color by adding more and more fabric dyes.

  • She focuses on tiny shapes that begin to take form.

  • This process is labor intensive and Cindy must return to her work over several days to sometimes many weeks.

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