I began painting in 2012 and have practiced the “Batik” (aka "poured") technique since 2014. "Batik" watercolor is a multi-layer process of pouring diluted (watery) paint (only red, yellow and blue) onto the paper, after applying a waterproof medium (resist) to protect areas that are to remain white. The liquid paints mix on the paper, the excess paint is drained off, and the surface is allowed to dry. Resist is then applied to the next darkest areas of the painting, and the pour-blend-drain-dry process is repeated. This gradual darkening by pouring layers of paint is repeated 3-6 times until very dark values are achieved. Then the resist is peeled off, and the painting is refined with traditional brushwork. Though it appears a random and childlike approach, it takes practice to get the subtleties of shade right. It is a patient and rewarding process that lends itself to realistic and abstract results.
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