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 paper using wax resist.  Basically, you melt paraffin wax (commonly known as gulf wax)  and apply it to the areas you want to save as white (like masking fluid) on the canvas- the rice paper.  You continue to building layer upon layer and gradually add paint to the areas you have not added wax.  When you are finished with the darkest darks, you crumble the paper creating cracks in the wax, apply another layer of paint, and re-wax.  When you remove the wax, you are left with an image that has a weathered and distinct look.  I love the technique, and hey, I get to play with hot wax!   My table hates it.  It is a mess.

Here were the first two attempts at this watercolor technique:

(Watercolor batik of Banteay Srei- Angkor Wat ruins near Siem Reap, Cambodia)

(Watercolor batik of Angkor Wat sunrise- UNESCO World Heritage park)

I applied too much color to the top of the fully-waxed painting for the Angkor Sunrise photograph, but was rather happy with the gradations of the sky (rice paper has no sizing so it has been difficult to control smooth blending of the sunrise).

For the life of me, I cannot create a painting without hi-contrast.  Really, I am trying….

The original images are for sale (please send an email through my website) or as fine art proofs (also through website).



R. Fox Photography

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