Thursday, November 5, 2015

Faux batik painting, "Golden Hour" by Colorado Mixed Media Abstract Artist Carol Nelson

"Golden Hour" faux batik painting by Carol Nelson
This painting is an example of my "faux batik" process in which the painting is covered with wax, then flooded with a darker color. The dark color seeps into the cracks in the wax and leaves a random pattern. It's a very interesting and unpredictable effect.

Here are some papers created with the same process. They make wonderful collage papers.

The process can be done on different papers, such as rice paper, deli paper, red rosin paper, butcher paper, etc. The lighter weight papers seem to work a little better. For Golden Hour, I used a rice paper with fine gold threads in it.

Detail showing gold threads
The shiny gold threads don't show well in photography, but they add sparkle to the painting.

I will be teaching a class in faux batik at Art of the Carolinas in Raleigh, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2015. There are still a few spots open.

For more information about this painting, click here to go to my website.

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