Six Batik Art Sketches

Completed Batik art sketches by Marina Elphick inspired by traditional Indonesian batik motifs. Batik artist. Batik.
Completed Batik art sketches, by Marina Elphick.

The batik sketches I started at Lakeview in Kintamani, Bali are finally complete having had the wax removed, giving them clarity and depth. It is good that I started these experimental batik artworks while I felt full of ideas because they are forming the foundations for my new work, inspired by traditional Javanese batik motifs.

Batik with reference to Nitik and a "play" on the Kawung  motif, by Marina Elphick, UK batik artist.
Batik with reference to Nitik and a “play” on the Kawung motif, by Marina Elphick.
Batik sketch lightly referring to the Parang and Kawung motifs, by batik artist Marina Elphick.
Batik sketch lightly referring to the Parang and Kawung motifs.
Batik sketch inspired by traditional batik, by Marina Elphick, UK batik artist. Batik art.
Batik sketch inspired by traditional batik, by Marina Elphick.

My studio is chilly but I am busy every day, working at the wax pot, brushing up my batiking skills and feeling humbled by the fine artistry of the batik artists of Yogyakarta. Incredibly they made the wax flow as freely and as accurately as ink from a fountain pen and I wonder at how they avoided blobs or splashes of wax in unwanted areas of their work.

Batik design influenced by Perang, Kawung, Ceplok and using a little Nitik.  By Marina Elphick, UK batik artist.
Batik design influenced by Perang, Kawung, Ceplok and using a little Nitik.
By Marina Elphick.

The batiks I am working on are evolving and combine traditional elements of batik with bold canting work, to make contemporary, abstract designs. I am studying the variations of the Parang, Sawat, Alasalsan, Ceplok and Kawung motifs and hope to integrate them successfully in my new batik work. All these designs are embodied with religious and mythical symbolism dating back centuries, which I want to understand so I can use them respectfully and with confidence. I will endeavour to explain the significance and meanings of the motifs I research in further news blogs.

Kawung and other motif inspired designs in a batik sketch by Marina Elphick.
Kawung and other motif inspired designs in a batik sketch by Marina Elphick.
Batik sketch by Marina Elphick.
Batik sketch by Marina Elphick.

My new batik artworks will be exhibited in May in the PWA Art Exhibition at Lenham, Maidstone, so I have to get cracking ! (Pilgrim’s Way Artists).

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4 thoughts on “Six Batik Art Sketches

  1. Your new work looks fabulous, Marina. Congratulations. Can’t wait to see them in person. So glad you have been so inspired by your trip.

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  2. Thank you Marina for sharing your new Batiks. They are so colourful and intricate. The trip to Indonesia has obviously provided you with so much inspiration .

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