Monday, November 2, 2015

Golden Reflections - Batik

Golden Reflections - Batik
Watercolor batik on rice paper, 8.5x6
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What a fun painting class we had this week!  Most worked in the watercolor batik technique - and my mission was to make this process more clear in their understanding, so they could take this process home and get the same great results.  The steps are always the same, in the same order, and the magic happens when the paint hits the rice paper, hot waxing and following paint application.  These things no one can control - and ironing off that wax to see what you have is like opening up a Christmas present!  In the case of this painting, the flooding of the batik color absorbed very little (same paper, process, and paints as yesterday, done at the very same time - yet very different results!), and even the wrinkling of the paper was reduced.  The difference?  I did not pop this one in the freezer before cracking.......hmmmm, very interesting.  For this painting, I really like the light batik effect, I think it adds interest without detracting from the wide open feel of the landscape.  Another day, another experiment!  Painting number 1035 in 1035 days :)

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