3/12/08

WAX BATIK & WATERCOLOR

Seeing Venice for the first time must be a thrill. We'll find out in late September when seven of us arrive in Venice to paint and explore for several days. I'm sure some shopping will be in order, too.

Our niece and nephew visited Venice several years ago so upon their return, I asked Kristin what she'd like painted from her trip - as a gift from us for her college graduation. She chose a more traditional style painting of Venice that I did for her, but the same scene as this one.

I had to try the picture again on rice paper using melted wax and transparent watercolors. I think the batik effect is both colorful and dramatic because of all the accidental textures, however, you never know until you iron off all the wax just how good or bad the painting will turn out.

My friend, Linda, first showed me the basics of how to do a watercolor batik many years ago. As a matter of fact, she's the one who finally convinced me to go to Italy two years ago! (Thank goodness!!!) And TODAY is her birthday. Check her blog out on the sidebar - Linda Schuler - and wish her a happy birthday. Thanks for sharing so much with me, Linda. Have a great birthday, too.

"CANAL VOYAGE" Wax Batik with Transparent Watercolor on Rice Paper 15 x 13" Collected

12 comments:

Elflling said...

I love the effect you got with wax batik! This is such a beautiful painting. Just wondering how you directed melted wax to the positions you want them to be on the picture?

Dawn said...

Sandy this is great! love the bright colors and light. what a beautiful painting!

Sandy Maudlin said...

Hi Elflling and Dawn,
The site where I have the info about doing batik this way is on Wet Canvas at -----http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453532&highlight=sandy+Maudlin

I use old watercolor brushes and occasionally a tjanting tool to apply the wax to the rice paper. The key is to be sure the wax on the brush is hot enough to soak into the fibers of the paper. Let me know if you can't get into the Wet Canvas site.

Thanks so much for visiting.

Tracy Wandling said...

Delicious! I'm watching Under the Tuscan Sun right now...and wishing I could be there to paint all that beautiful stonework! This is lovely, and a very cool technique.

Dawn said...

thanks Sandy! I went over to WC and copied it all down.

Nick said...

Sandy, now that's a real batik watercolor! As usual, I'm blown away by the amount and breadth of fantastic paintings you have done lately. This one, love those figure studies, the jars,the bottles on yupo,one after another. And you just seem to get better, if that's possible. I just saw you on Bruce's blog... Hope all is going well, say hello to your classes. Nick

nicolaus said...

This one is absolutely wonderful. Love the texture!!! Great work Sandy./Niclas J.

Elflling said...

Thank you very much sandy! I got your detailed explanation on wetcanvas and decided to try it out this weekend! I have learned a lot from your blogs here, many thanks!

Sandy said...

This is SO beautiful!!

sandy

Anonymous said...

Sandy,
I love this one. And I'm loving all the comments it generated. I'm so glad you're my teacher. You're an amazing inspiration for all of us. ~Bonnie

Erinne Kennedy said...

I have long wished to be able to do this on paper lol ( i used to do it on cloth) question are you limited as to paper types? do you have to use rice papers etc or can you also use watercolor papers?

Sandy Maudlin said...

Erinne, So glad you've tried batik before. It's so beautiful. For info about the kinds of rice papers that will work, go to this site, where I've posted info about doing batik this way - on Wet Canvas at -----http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=453532&highlight=sandy+Maudlin