Batik Reflection By: Max BUckley

Designing With Materials I

Batik Vocabulary:

Chroma: The purity of a color or its freedom from white or gray.

Color relationships: Also called color schemes or harmonies. The relationships of colors on the color wheel. Basic color schemes include monochromatic, analogous, and complementary

Color Wheel: A circular diagram of the spectrum used to show the relationships between the colors

Contrast: The differences in elements, opposites.

Emphasis: The significance or importance given to an element of design.

Movement: Visual flow through the composition.

Pattern: Repeated colors, lines, shapes, or textures in an artwork. Pattern is a principal of design. Also, a plan or model to be followed when making something.

Repetition: Repetition refers to one object or shape repeated.

Rhythm: The repeating of one or several elements to create movement.

Tint: A color such as pink that is created by mixing a hue with white. Also, a light value of a color.

Tjanting: A tool used in creating batik patterns. (Batik is a wax resist decorative technique used on fabric.) They hold and dispense hot wax in such a way that the artist can control the pattern laid down by the wax with a great deal of precision.

Triad: The three color scheme on the color wheel based on a logical relationship.

Value: The element of art that describes the lightness or darkness of a hue.

Reflection Questions:

Question: What was your color order? Answer: I used many lighter warm colors at the start then slowly turned my piece into a darker warm colors. I tried to blend some cooler colors to make my piece more dark.

Question: What was the hardest thing about the batik process? Answer: The hardest part about the batik process was trying to mix all of the warm colors in a a specific order. Also trying to wax over specific areas was a challenge.

Question: What did you learn about color mixing with your batik? Answer: I learned that if you are using darker warm colors then you need to put your piece in the die for a short amount of time. Because if you don't, it can make your piece too dark and hard to die it any other color.

Question: What do you wish you would have learned or understood about the process before you started your batik? Answer: I wish I knew that you don't have to wax a lot of white in the beginning because I feel like there is too much white in my piece. I also would have probably rather have done cooler colors instead of warm.

Question: If you did it over again what would you do differently? Answer: Like I said before I wish I would have used cooler colors because I think it would've looked nicer and it would have been easier. An addition, I would try to use more wax in certain areas than others.

What I started with
One of my colors imbetween the darkest shade and the lightest shade
My final dyed color before I ironed off all the wax

Created By
Max Buckley
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