About the Watercolor Batik Medium
I first read about the watercolor batik method in the August 2011 edition of Watercolor Artist magazine. I have since adapted it to my images of birds, florals and historical buildings with emphasis on the conservation status of endangered and threatened wildlife and architecture.
After drawing a simple sketch in permanent ink, I first apply wax to any area that needs to retain the white of the paper. I can then apply the first layer of my lightest value watercolor wash. After drying completely, any area that needs to stay at that value is protected with wax. I proceed through the values of my subject, each time protecting the ones I want to retain.
The final step is to completely crumple the piece into a ball. This adds even more texture to the paper which helps achieve a vintage effect. A heated iron and newspaper removes the wax from the rice paper. The artwork can be framed traditionally, or as I prefer, adhered to canvas or cradled panel for a glass-free presentation.
This video from my Art in the Library solo exhibit presentation shows my process.