About Silk Screening or Batik
As a non-artist, even I was fascinated about the world of silk screening, often referred to in my hometown of Taos, New Mexico, as Batik. Taos is home to many world-renowned art galleries. So, off on a journey I went, to meet with local artist Gary Fey who runs a silk-screen/Batik gallery, not to just take a class but to learn of the famous artists who worked in silk-screen printing and painting!
Before we dove into conversations about the famous silk screeners, Gary offered me a piece of 8X10 silk and stapled it to a wooden frame. Next my job was to take a piece of plain white paper and draw anything I wanted—an abstract, a tree, an animal, etc. Because I lack skills in the artist area, I drew a tree!
The next step was to use hot wax to trace my tree (the paper is inserted under the silk and frame) and allowed to dry. The final steps include painting, repainting, washing, and drying, keeping the creation near UV lighting. In the screenshot to the upper left, you can see one of Gary’s abstracts—I’d show you mine, but--well, I’m sure readers will enjoy viewing his more!
After our class, we settled in to talk about some famous artists who worked in silk screen printing and painting.