I had never tried any kind of batik before. Of course, as quilters, we are all familiar with the lush batik fabrics available to us commercially. This class combined the art of using wax in making a batik with the art of watercolor painting. Instead of using fabric, we painted on rice paper.
Kathie is a delightful teacher who had everything prepared for us, including the Ginwashi rice paper, melted wax in small electric pots, watercolor paints on a palette made from a clear CD cover, and drawings and a reference photo.
The way it works is that you trace the original full-size drawing on rice paper with a Pigma marker, then use a different copy of the drawing to add each layer of wax. The numbered drawings have darkened areas where you apply wax each time. The wax acts as a resist so that when you paint, the waxed area remains the same color that it was. The unwaxed areas keep gaining depth of color. I think we had four or five layers of waxing and watercolor for this fish painting.
Isn't it cool! I had to add additional paint and even some colored pencil marks when I was finished because my fish kind of ran together. I love the cool blue and green washes and the little pops of complementary oranges/yellows.
I enjoyed my batik class with Kathie so much that I tried her technique again at home, using one of her kits.
|Sunflowers, by Jeanne Turner McBrayer, 2014|
When I did my original batik in her class, I had difficulty seeing the lines of the drawing, which I traced with a Pigma micron .05 pen.