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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 painting on rice demo- step by step guide

Painting watercolor batiks on rice paper is amazingly fun.  I melt paraffin wax in a cheap cooking skillet (available in the kitchen department of most stores), apply it with cheap natural hair brushes, and throw a lot of paint on. As you can see from the photograph above, wax was applied to the whitest areas.  This is evident in the… (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…)