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Watercolor batik classes in Raleigh/Cary, NC

Do you want to learn the art of watercolor batik?   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… (more…)

Watercolor batik of Stonehenge ruins in UK- tutorial

My recent painting of Stonehenge was based on photographs I shot years ago while visiting the monument.  The original pictures were shot in the evening, but I was inspired to paint the ruins in a moonlit scene. I began by doing a sketch on top of the rice paper.  Since I paint with high contrast values, I make sure to… (more…)

Commissioned work

My first two commissioned pieces were paintings I did for my German friends married in Switzerland at the Hospiz Grimsel (paintings below). These full sheet watercolors (22×30″) were based on photographs I shot in Switzerland. While I wasn’t paid for these images (they were their wedding gifts), the idea was the same as a commission- I knew what they wanted,… (more…)

Venice carnival mask- watercolor batik tutorial

Last night I finished a watercolor batik on rice paper of a masked person at Carnivale.  The image was shot years ago on a trip to Venice, Italy. Watercolor batik  is the process of painting on rice paper.  Melted paraffin wax creates a resist and protects the underlying layer from further paint.   When finished you iron the painting with newspaper… (more…)

Watercolor batik painting- wax resist on rice paper

True story: Today, I tell my wife that I am “Going to use thick juicy washes in a painting, and then going to play with hot wax (in another painting)”. And she tells me I am a pervert! 🙂 Not fair. The August ’11 issue of Watercolor Artist  featured an article by artist Kathie George about watercolor painting on rice… (more…)