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.
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.
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.
The next step was to remove the wax by ironing between layers of newspaper.
After the wax was removed, it was time to glue the painting to a gallery wrapped canvas and seal it.
I love how the designs wrap around the sides of the canvas,
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.
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!