So, many people have expressed an interest in learning more about how I do Batik painting on paper. Well, your chance to learn that is coming SOON! Here are all the details, I hope you can join in the fun:
Registration deadline is Tuesday, August 20th at noon!
Although this could change again I at least wanted to get the most up-to-date version online! I am looking at adding a second “Web Presence for Artists” class the last Saturday of September and we may also schedule one more “Industrial Art Duo” in October since it was so popular the first time. Of course you are always free to request a class that interests you! (Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your requests.) Stay tuned for updates, I’ll post them as I know them!
How’s this for something completely different? 🙂 I like to post things that perhaps you weren’t expecting, predictability is boring!
The “Back in Time” in the title has a double meaning – first (and most obvious) is that fact that these imaginary monsters were inspired by the creatures that roamed our earth long, long ago. The second reference is that these are some of my first creations playing with watercolors, probably close to 10 years ago!
Creating these “monsters” would be a fabulous activity for kids this summer when the weather isn’t fit for playing outdoors. Great for exercising those creative muscles! Here are the simple instructions:
!. Starting with a piece of watercolor paper randomly paint a shape on it with some loose watercolor paint.
2. Before the paint dries cover it with a piece of plastic wrap.
3. Smooth the wrap and squish the paint around under the surface then set it aside to dry.
4. After the paint has dried remove the plastic wrap.
5. Turn the paper around and study it until you can see the beginnings of a creature.
6. Add the details with more paint and/or markers, pens, pencils.
Pretty simple, right? I really like the textured/mottled surface the paint and plastic wrap create. Here is an image of “monster #6” (shown above) before the details were added:
I created several of these fun creatures, one was even framed & sold. The rest I still have, nice memories of exploring my creativity a bit and stepping out of my comfort zone.
Works of fine art? Well, no, probably not…but I learned a little more about using watercolors and I let me imagination take over. You have to take small steps like that to get to where you want to go!
I’d love to hear if you play with this technique – even better I’d love to see the results!