Project Description: The art of batik has been used for centuries to create beautiful textiles and artwork. The hot wax and tjanting tools are difficult (and dangerous) to use in the classroom and this White Mask Liquid Frisket and incredible nib are the perfect solution to create a Faux Batik look. We looked at illustrators like Yao Cheng and surf artist Alex Kopps as inspiration for simple line compositions that reflected natural elements like water, earth, fire and air.
Designed by: Christine Adolph
Difficulty: Moderately Challenging
- Grafix Incredible Nib, White Mask Liquid Frisket and Rubber Cement Pick-Up
- Watercolor Paper
- Liquid, tube or pan watercolor
- Natural Elements references; pictures of waves, volcanoes, clouds, fire, etc…
Steps to Make This:
- Pick a natural element (water, earth, fire, air) or combination of elements for the theme of the design.
- Create a variety of thumbnail sketches to explore composition. Emphasize the use of lines in the design. Lightly sketch out a design onto watercolor paper.
- Use the incredible nib to apply White Mask Liquid Frisket to the watercolor paper. Allow the Frisket to dry.
- Once the White Mask Liquid Frisket is dried, begin to layer liquid watercolor. (You can use a wet on wet technique or a wet on dry technique to apply the watercolors to the paper). Continue to paint watercolor and pay attention to creating nice light to dark value transitions.
- After the paint and paper is completely dry, use the rubber cement eraser that comes with the kit to remove the White Mask Liquid Frisket from the paper.
Tips: Have students create a small rough draft technique sample to experiment with color and test out the White Mask Liquid Frisket.