Tuesday, October 13, 2015
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.