Chance Encounter at the Beach (2012)
Painting by Carolyn Doe


  • Painting, Fabric
  • One of a kind artwork
  • Size: 24 × 14 in (unframed)
  • This artwork is sold unframed
  • Signed on the front

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Carolyn Doe

United States

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Artist's description:

I happened to go to the beach in a brief moment between storms and see a flock of these unusual birds. They were resting and gone the next day.

Batik is the process of using wax and dyes to create designs on fabric. Wax is heated in a tool called a tjanting and then passes thru a copper or metal tube on to the fabric. Where the wax is placed, the dye cannot penetrate. I work in layers to create a design. Wax some, Dye some. When the dye touches the fabric, it spreads like water. So the wax creates a border that controls where the dye can go. Salt creates a unique effect as well. When the piece is finished, the wax is removed. I then stretch the silk on foamcore using linen tape.
I use only high quality silk fabric and pure beeswax in my work.

Materials used:

silk fabric, wax, dyes, foamcore