I will be teaching a lot of batik classes this year. Yeah, another chance to blow fuses where I teach (I have learned a lot about electricity though, and rarely trip fuses anymore) :).
This technique uses wax, irons, hair dryers, extremely delicate Japanese rice paper (several types), and the audacity to crumble the entire painting into a ball at the end to get more cracks in the wax.
I hope you can join me at an upcoming workshop. I provided step-by-step instruction for students, talks on color, composition and more. You too can create a watercolor batik.
I’m honored to have won Second Place in this year’s Watermedia Competition. Chosen from 1000s of entries, my watercolor batik on Japanese rice paper of Amsterdam is currently featured in a 5 page article of Watercolor Artist Magazine.
In the article I talk about how watercolor has a mind of it’s own (it does). I begin a painting with an idea, an idea that quickly morphs into something else due to the mixing of color and gravity. As an artist, I embrace these unexpected surprises.
Interested in learning how to create batik watercolors? Join me for a batik workshop. I have several scheduled in the Raleigh, NC area and am willing to travel if any art groups are interested. Please contact for further info.
New watercolor classes! I have only offered these once in the Raleigh area since COVID.
Join me to learn two exciting watercolor techniques- pouring watercolor and watercolor batik. 2 day art technique workshops at Anchorlight Studios near downtown Raleigh, NC.
With an emphasis on design and planning, you will learn the technique of pouring diluted watercolor directly on paper. Pouring creates a wide range of colors and creates amazing blending effects. Through instructor demonstration, you will learn about masking, wetting techniques, using gravity to mix your limited palette, and preserving the transparency of your layers. Additional texture will be created using the mouth atomizer. You’ll choose your own subject matter: still life, landscape, architectural, floral, or portrait. All levels welcome, including first-time watercolorists.
Learn a new painting technique using the batik method with watercolor. Watercolor batik is the process of using traditional watercolor paint and wax to create unique and beautiful batik-style paintings on Japanese rice paper. This process is similar to the age old technique where melted wax is applied to fabric as a resist and then the fabric is dipped in dye.
Students will begin the process with a drawing and then learn to create highlights and shadows, as well as how to mask areas of the project with wax.
This class is suitable for both beginner and experienced painters with little or no watercolor experience. Artists will create a 12×16” batik painting in the class.
Irons, electric skillets, newspapers, wax, and brushes for applying wax will be provided. Artists will need to bring watercolor paints, brushes, and suitable clothing (wax does drip and sometimes ends up on clothing).
Artists can use reference photographs provided for their drawings or are welcome to bring a high contrast photograph or line drawing to transfer to rice paper.
All batik and pouring supplies included in price- you do not have to worry about ordering the supplies! Simply bring your normal watercolor supplies.