Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Java Tjanting



Today was a no painting day.  I was a little under the weather, but perked right up when the postman delivered this package from the Dharma Trading Co.

It is an electric tjanting tool kit.  The tool itself is a pen-like contraption with a reservoir for holding and releasing melted wax.   The nice thing is that it comes with two tips for different line widths.   The rheostat controls the temperature of the wax to ensure constant even flow.  I thought the rheostat was important because I've used canning wax (such as Gulf wax) as well as candle making wax for batiks.   These waxes melt at different temperatures.

Of course,  there is a learning curve.  My husband reminded me to walk (as in doodles) before I run.

I've been enjoying the work of artists Jennifer Rose Phillip over at  FuzzyDragons  and Sharon Veares on Art by SM Veares.  Both are participating in InkTober, an annual 31 day drawing challenge for artists all over the world.  It's inspiring, so I will practice drawing a little every day with the new batik pen.



17 comments:

  1. Hi Chris, this gadget sounds like it would be great for any artist! I hope you enjoy using it and I'll bet you will pick it up very quickly! Sorry you were feeling a little under the weather today. Sending you a hug. :)

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    1. I took that hug. Thanks, Linda! I have tried the tool and am in love with it - just have to figure out what to do with it now.

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  2. Nothing like a new art gadget to lift the spirits!!

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    1. I agree, Azra. I like art gadgets even better than kitchen gadgets!

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  3. ooooh - I recognize the excitement of new art "thingies." Doesn't seem to matter what they are they mean
    new discoveries...and our hearts beat faster.
    I LOVE Fuzzy Dragons. It is Jennifer Roses personality as well as her skill which keeps me going back.
    I will check on Sharon's blog too. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. Yes, I agree about the silly art gadgets. Felt like it was my birthday!
      And Jennifer Rose and Sharon are two of my favorites . They have inspired me to get out my sketchbook.

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  4. thanks for the shout out :)

    I used something similar in high school, didn't work the best for me so went back to using a brush lol but that could be due to having a really cheap one :p good luck with it :D

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    1. You're welcome, Jennifer. Your passion for drawing is contagious.
      I'm still climbing that learning curve with the tool, but it's really fun drawing with it.

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  5. So exciting! Can't wait to see what you create!

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    1. Ha! That might be a while, but I'm having lots of fun with it!

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  6. First of all, I hope you have recovered now, Chris. Yes, you should walk before trying to run but there's definitely nothing wrong with walking quickly - teehee! Sometimes new materials/equipment can re-energise your creativity so have fun with these.

    Chris, I am so humbled to see your comment about my blog. For the first year or so, I wondered if anyone was even looking but persevered because I enjoyed it. Thank you for your regular, kind comments - I'm honoured that you've drawn attention to it.

    I too am now enjoying Jennifer's blog, thanks to you. So, a huge 'thank you!' Sharon x

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    1. Thanks, Sharon. You have really inspired me to pull out the sketchbook. I have forgotten how much fun it is to just drawing for the pleasure of drawing. And I've also got pastel paper on the shopping list. Your pastel paintings are just gorgeous!! Someone gifted me with pastels a while ago, so they have been pulled out.

      And Sharon, more people probably look at your blog than you think - they just don't comment. I'm guilty of that.

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  7. I know great things are about to happen!

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  8. Bonjour chère amie,

    Un petit billet très intéressant et j'ai hâte de voir comment vous allez utiliser cet instrument qui me semble complexe... et surtout admirer le résultat qu'il peut apporter à vos oeuvres.
    J'ai bien sûr du retard dans la consultation des blogs ! J'étais à droite et à gauche en ce moment... mais j'ai fait un petit retour en arrière et j'ai été très impressionnée par l'ensemble de votre travail. De très belles peintures...
    J'ai particulièrement aimé votre éléphant. Une oeuvre majestueuse. Bravo !

    Je vous souhaite un excellent weekend.
    Gros bisous ♡

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  9. Bonjour chère amie,

    Un petit billet très intéressant et j'ai hâte de voir comment vous allez utiliser cet instrument qui me semble complexe... et surtout admirer le résultat qu'il peut apporter à vos oeuvres.
    J'ai bien sûr du retard dans la consultation des blogs ! J'étais à droite et à gauche en ce moment... mais j'ai fait un petit retour en arrière et j'ai été très impressionnée par l'ensemble de votre travail. De très belles peintures...
    J'ai particulièrement aimé votre éléphant. Une oeuvre majestueuse. Bravo !

    Je vous souhaite un excellent weekend.
    Gros bisous ♡

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  10. Oh wow, I see you're going to be having some fun.

    Feel better... :)

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  11. Dear Chris- looks like this will be a great tool. Took a stop over at FuzzyDragons and Art by SM Veares. Both were fun and inspiring visits. As always thank you for sharing.

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