Teaching Miniature Watercolor Batiks

I recently taught a miniature watercolor batik workshop at the Florence Thomas Art School in West Jefferson, NC.

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Florence Thomas Art School is a wonderful workshop facility. Kathleen and Joni are great to work with. They are always attentive to the needs of both the instructor and the students. The classroom is well-lit and everyone has their own table.

Classroom Space
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The students who attended this Watercolor Batik class were such a delightful group of women.

We began by tracing our chosen designs on rice paper and preserving any whites we wanted to save with a layer of wax.

The designs were then painted by alternating layers of watercolor with layers of wax.

Painting Watercolor on Rice Paper
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Painting Watercolor on Rice Paper
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Choosing Pigments © Annie Glacken

Painting Watercolor on Rice Paper
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Applying the Wax
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Applying the Wax
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After the designs were completely painted, the students took the brave step of crumpling their painted designs into a ball to create the cracks for the batik. Watercolor was then applied over the cracks.

Crumpling into a Ball
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Crackled Surface
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The next step was to remove the wax by ironing between layers of newspaper.

Removing the Wax
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Wax Removed.  Photo Courtesy of Florence Thomas Art School

After the wax was removed, it was time to glue the painting to a gallery wrapped canvas and seal it.

Centering the Canvas
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Gluing onto Canvas
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I love how the designs wrap around the sides of the canvas,

Design Wraps Around Sides
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Poinsettia
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The students worked hard and had such wonderful attitudes. They were thrilled to be able to go home at the end of the day with a finished piece as well as the ability to go home and make more beautiful pieces.

Finished Piece
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Finished Pieces
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Finished Piece
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Finished Pieces
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Finished Piece
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Finished Piece
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Finished Piece
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It was such a fun day! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Florence Thomas has a wonderful variety of workshops they offer each year. I will be teaching a watercolor painting workshop at this facility next September. This will be our subject. I hope to see some of you there!

“Fall Leaves and Acorns”
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4 Replies to “Teaching Miniature Watercolor Batiks”

  1. So beautiful ! All the students’s pieces are splendid, well done and stunning colors. Congratulations for this effective workshop, Annie. You must teach well to obtain those results. Does the newspapers ink print on the rice paper and the painting when you iron it?

    • Thank you for such nice encouraging words Laurence! If you iron the piece too long, the paper may begin to stick. I have only had that happen once. I set the iron to the cotton setting. I also do not use the glossy sheets of newspaper. Thanks for commenting!

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