I've been finishing up two large paintings to showcase for the upcoming spring season of shows and festivals. They both went through their fifth color and I think are ready for cleaning and finishing.
While I'm rarely disappointed in the final image once the fabrics are cleaned and stretched, I think this period before the cleaning might be my favorite stage of the batik process. The fabrics are heavy, loaded up with layers of wax. The texture is smooth and waxy, and at the same time rough and brittle from the flecks of wax and grains of salt. Seeing and holding up each piece before they're cleaned really emphasizes the nature of the craft and the importance of the process in creating each image.