Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Zucchini blossom

 Zucchini blossom
wax batik on unryu paper
5.5" x 9.5"

After a horrible summer, the weather's finally cooperating a bit and plants are springing to life at the unexpected sunshine and heat.  The zucchinis are taking full advantage and galloping ahead, setting endless blooms and fruit, well veg... 

I love the large bright blossoms and went out early on Saturday morning to take some photos of them as they opened.  What I love most is the point where they're still unfurled.  They are these perfect swirls, like the fanciest dress of a fairy.  With the morning light shining through, it makes them even more magical.

With some of the same unryu paper left over from the previous batik, I thought I'd do a small piece using one of the unfurled flowers as the subject. This piece measures 5.5 x 9.5 inches.

I also ordered some tjantings to make future wax batik work easier.  These little tools hold the molten wax and let it pour from a small tube in the end of the bowl.  Tipping the bowl backwards or forwards controls the flow and the bowl is submerged in the melted wax to keep it warmed if the flow slows.  I've ordered three different sizes and they were shipped today so hopefully they'll turn up in a week or two, customs willing.


Christiane Kingsley said...

Gorgeous colors and textures, Jeanette.

Teresa Mallen said...

Lovely results with this batik process! I really like the blossoms of the squash family too. So fragile looking and yet such a rich colour when they open.

Jeanette said...

Thanks Christiane, I thought I'd try for reds and golds in this to reflect the flower more.

Teresa, they're such huge flowers this year, bigger than my hand across. And the buds are gorgeous I think. It was begging to be painted in one form or another.