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Portland, OR 2022 FALL - October 19-26, 2022

Portland, OR 2023 - April 11 - April 18, 2023

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Mermaid Batik

Carol Spohn
9:00 - 4:30
Tuesday Oct 8

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$ 165  

An Introduction to Batik and Watercolor
Batik is process of using watercolor and wax on Ginwashi rice paper. The transparency of the paper adds to the transparent watercolors adding an additional source of light. The process is time consuming but not difficult. All levels of painters will complete a successful painting. A line drawing is used so no drawing is required. Once you learn the batik process you will be able to adapt this process to your own designs. I have several mermaid designs to trace or you can design you own mermaid or sea creatures! You will learn a trick which will make the batik process much less frustrating. The finished size is about 15” x 11”.  

Students Need to bring:
• Your usual painting supplies which should include at least 2 water containers, paper towels, a fine mist spray bottle for water.
• Brushes: You may use your regular watercolor brushes. I use Scharff 960 Aqua Flow Super Round, Scharff #310 White Nylon round brushes sizes #8 and #4. (I will have Scharff brushes for purchase if you choose.
• A box of pop up tissues is necessary (like an inexpensive brand of Kleenex)
• Hair dryer is helpful, but not necessary
• A permanent black pen like an Micron pen or Sakura Identi-Pen
• Bring at least 40 sheets of newspapers to use in ironing out the wax. Do not bring the shiny ads. If you are driving to Ocean City, please bring extra newspapers to share with those of us that are flying.

$25 Supply fee paid to instructor at beginning of class includes:

• Written instructions, line drawing and color photo
• Ginwashi Rice Paper 15” x 11”
• Mijello Mission Gold paints used in this painting
• Foam plate/pallet for watercolor paint
• Wax and supplies used in the batik process
• Freezer paper



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