I'm setting up the large portrait from the study posted last night. It will be on a full sheet of white Stonehenge paper and done in charcoal. Cross your fingers!
I have been wanting to try a batik techniques in watercolour for a long time, but haven't gotten around to it. There is limited information on it in this province that I know of so I'm looking for online and written resources. Then I can across a post on Sandy Maudlin's blog about another less labour intensive batik using masking tape, so I thought I'd have a go with her 'almost batik'.
Sandy has produced some really amazing images with this technique and without pans of steaming wax and mess! Thanks Sandy for sharing the idea.
As I was up at 4am this morning, not able to sleep, I played around with what started as a little self portrait in ink on a small piece of abstract watercoloured paper that didn't quite make the cut in the freezing process. I added small pieces of torn low tack masking tape all over it, leaving gaps, then smothered the layer with indigo blue and let it dry.
This image is the result. I like the jewel effect and the hard edges that some of the tape leaves as well as the darkness of the image. Its difficult to photograph or scan it accurately, even with adjustments. The colour variances are very subtle. I shall have to experiment more with this.