Natural Craft: Mendong Craft

| November 30, 2012

  Mendong or Globe Fimbry, as it is known in English; is a type of reed found on moist land such as marshes or rice fields. Due to its presence near paddies, they are a popular material for weaving among most Asians. Once gathered, it depends on the weaver whether they want to use it [...]

Natural Craft: Pandan Leaves Craft

| November 30, 2012

  The versatility of pandan or screwpine leaves in the world of traditional handicrafts is spoken for by the amount of woven things such as mats, baskets and even pillow cases that can be made from these leaves. We have taken the concept of mat weaving and incorporated it into our Pandan Zebra Frame to [...]

Batik Techniques: Batik Painting Art Evaluation Tips

| November 28, 2012

Batik tulis is undeniably the finest form of batik as it is hand drawn and requires a deft hand in its making. As an art connoisseur, you would want only the best when buying a fine piece of art. With the variations in quality of batiks as well as batik methods that that resemble batik [...]

Batik Techniques: Wet On Wet Technique

| November 28, 2012

This method gives a very watercolour-like look to a painting and holds its origins in oil and watercolour paintings. In oil paintings, a term has emerged for it: alla prima. It is an Italian term mean “at first” which implies that the painting should be completed in one or two sessions. The paints are not [...]

Batik Techniques: Water Like Effect Technique

| November 28, 2012

Water-like effects are created through the use of applying dyes, paints or water through a mist sprayer, brushes, eye droppers or any tools to create an abstract effect. Technically, this effect is associated with silk paintings but has now been adopted by batik artistes into their artworks.   How is this effect achieved?

Batik Techniques: Salting Technique

| November 28, 2012

With its highly unpredictable yet remarkable outcome, salt has become a highly utilized tool among artists to create texture in their works. No one knows just how the bursts of colour will affect the work done, thereby lending to the excitement in waiting for the finished piece of art. There are four factors that will [...]

Batik Techniques: Rozome/Roketsuzome Technique

| November 28, 2012

Roketsuzome (ろうけつ染め/ろうけつぞめ) or Rozome (ろうぞめ), as it is more commonly known, is a form of dye resist technique in Japan. Though similar to batik, in the sense that they both make use of wax as the medium of dye resist, they differ in the sense of tools and textural effects produced. Roketsuzome basically means ro/ろう [...]

Batik Techniques: Linear Underpainting Technique

| November 28, 2012

Though more commonly associated with oil and watercolour based works, this technique has been creatively incorporated into the field of batik-ing. Some may view it as a method of eliminating the more common white outlines associated with traditional batik and colour them in instead. It gives a more watercolour-like feel to the artwork but still [...]

Batik Techniques: Han-Bosen Technique

| November 28, 2012

Han-bosen is a technique which means half-resist. The wax is applied in controlled layers to create gradation in the colour and it gives a depth to the overall piece of work. Penetrating oil is used to enable the dye to seep through the wax and this is how the shading in han-bosen is done.   [...]

Batik Techniques: Discharge Dye Technique

| November 28, 2012

Discharge dyeing in batik refers to a sort of reverse process in making batik. Instead of the traditional wax-colour-remove wax process, they utilize the colour-wax-remove colour method. In this manner a negative image is formed, whereby the dark design is contrasted with the lighter background. As such, darker colours tend to have a more contrasting [...]