The Tropical Art of Aloha


Wood Batik

Kealoha has devised the way to perform a process very similar to fabric batiks on to wood.  The process is called Wood Batik and uses Dyes and Resists to use the wood grain to bring life to his art work.  He has begun teaching this process to new students that will join K-Aloha.Art in spreading this beauty coast-to-coast and beyond.


The Process

Each original work is drafted by hand prior to applying dyes.  As the lighter shades are dried, resist is applied to allow the next shade of dye to be applied without overlapping each other.  This process is tedious but provides a very unique result.  This image shows the art work done on two sheets of wood that are 8-feet tall and 4-feet wide.


The Beauty

This image shows the process is the same regardless of the size.  The artist chooses the type of wood for each piece to help convey "the story" the image is telling.  This is the perfect blend of the "Art of Nature" and the "Art of Man".  The term "Organic" is often used to describe this very unique Art.

Dye Process #1

This video shows the early application of dye.  The artist starts with the lighter shades of the area and applies the dyes.  Kealoha has been doing this for over 30 years and has mastered this process.  It is called Wood Batik and uses Dyes and Resists to stain the wood and still allow the wood grain to appear in the image.

Dye Process #2

This video shows a wider range of dye colors being applied.  This is a time consuming process but the originals shine so well and uses the wood grain to give "life" to the image.

Kealoha will start offering online training via Skype.  Send email to support@GetAloha.Art for more information.

Resist Application #1

Watch Kealoha as he puts resist on the light shades of dye.  The resist will protect the light shades from being affected by the darker shades.

The resist is almost like a wax.  As the dyes and resists are applied, you must allow time for drying before the next color can be applied so Kealoha will normally work on 2 or 3 images at a time.  He has been teaching this process in Guam and Hawaii for many years.

Resist Application #2

Watch as Kealoha will apply resist to the darker shades and watch as he adds more color.

Kealoha has applied this process to tables, chairs, walls and many other surfaces.  Wood Batik can be applied to any wood surface.  Certain types of wood grain will have brighter results.  Each type of wood grain has its own "feeling" to match the image.