Friday, November 11, 2011

Breckenridge Batiks In Progress by Colorado Artist Martha Kisling

PASTEL DAISIES
Watercolor Batik - 12x19

Here are all the watercolor batiks I am working on at the Tin Shop in Breckenridge, CO. Once the wax has melted I figure I should take advantage of it and work on several batiks at once. Then I turn off the wax and paint on all of them so they can sit and dry before the next wax application.
I thought I would show the steps I go through with my watercolor batiks. First, I ink in the drawing on rice paper using a thin, waterproof pen. Then I apply the melted wax to anything I want to stay white - just like using masking fluid. Even though the daisy petals are white I wanted a little color on them first so I just spattered a little wax her and there for the whites.
After using watercolor for some shading on the flowers I applied wax to all of the petals to protect them from further applications of paint. The watercolor tends to run outside of the ink lines on the rice paper so to keep a sharp edge you must apply wax. Now that the petals are protected I can paint the leaves right next to the flowers.
I applied wax to the stems and leaves and then painted the entire background. At this point you don't have to be careful, you can paint right over the flowers because they are protected with wax.
The last step is to paint the melted wax all over the backgound and then wad up the entire painting - the scary part - to crack the wax. Then you smooth it out and paint a dark color over the entire piece - this will settle in the cracks to give that authentic 'batik look'. As you can see below, it looks like a mess - at this point you just have to trust the process.
Using newspaper you iron off all of the wax and you are done. It is always a surprise to see the beautiful and unique end result of this process - enjoy!

I shared this with Paint Party Friday - check out the other artists!

21 comments:

  1. Love the tutorial. I just pinned this post to my Pinterest! Thanks!

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  2. Beautiful work of art, Martha. In fact each step is a beautiful painting, not just the finished one. Thanks for the tute. Loved it. Faye

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  3. wow, very very cool. Your colors came out so vibrant! brava!!
    happy ppf too :)

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  4. Lovely art work and wonderful tutorial ~ Love the painting (batik) ~ ~ thanks, namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) Happy PPF ^_^

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  5. I love this painting! It is so bright and lively. Thanks for sharing the technique, I had been wondering how it was done.

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  6. I loved seeing the step by step... thank you thank you thank you for sharing that... I am going to have a go at this though I am sure it will take a long time to get to your level of mastery... your work is inspiring and beautiful xx

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  7. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!
    Thank you for showing us the process, too! :)

    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  8. Gorgeous work...love the process and the end results are stunning!

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  9. Wow! Gorgeous! (Daisies are my favorite flowers.) Thank you so much for showing your process....I enjoyed learning about it!

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  10. I love how bright and beachy these are... particularly considering how much snow you have right now!

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  11. Wow, so lovely. You always paint the most beautiful flowers in watercolor. Thanks a lot for sharing. keep it up!

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  12. Thanks everyone - I love the wateroclor batik process and am getting ready to teach a workshop in it here in Breckenridge, CO!

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  13. I have never seen this before. Thank you so much for sharing this. This is so beautiful!!! It is amazing the things you learn on paint party friday. Thanks again.

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  14. So beautiful. I love that you shared your process too. Like Heather said in the comment above...I have never seen this technique so thank you for introducing it to me! :)

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  15. thank you so much for sharing this technique. the results are wonderful!

    hugs,
    peggy aplSEEDS

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  16. A beautiful painting and fascinating process. Thanks for telling us how you did it!

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  17. Wow, sooooo beautiful !!!! Happy PPF! Deb

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  18. These are so lovely. Thanks for the how-to! It makes me want to do more batik on fabric!

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  19. Thank you for the tutorial. I thought you meant Batik (like I sew with). I love the look and the knowledge of what wax will do. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  20. Wow, these are wonderful! Happy PPF!

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  21. Een goeie tip om zo met wax te werken
    Dat ga ik zeker uitproberen

    Ik heb genoten van u schilderijen
    Bedankt voor de tips en inspiratie
    groetjes uit Holland
    Anita

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