|Watercolor batik koi painting WIP 24 x 24 inches ~ Two waxings so far|
|Initial drawing in pen and ink with ultra fine sharpie|
Am continuing to explore and experiment with watercolor batik ... a few steps forward and a few steps back. One of my forward steps was that I sold my batik reflective glass set-up from the Daily Paintworks Challenge [linked to Daily Paintworks in a previous post]. This is an incentive for me to join DPW. I love that site and love the challenges!
With a tad more confidence, I started a koi painting in watercolor batik on a larger piece of rice paper than I have in earlier paintings. This is 24 by 24 inches, and the paper is much more fragile and thinner than what I have used up until now. I am only half way through the process, and I have a few small tears in the paper. Am sure they will seal when I apply more wax, but would sure like to know how to avoid the tears! Really, I have been gentle with the paper, moving it gingerly so as to not tear it, but, there you are. And I drew the koi so large, that a crop may not work.
Would love to hear from some of you batiking artists for some insights! Have to say, though, I still love playing with batiks!