“Batik” Watercolors
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Frisket With Fine Tip Applicator (Also Called Resist or Masking Medium)
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Rubber Cement Eraser
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Watercolor Set (Liquid or Regular)
Several Sheets
Watercolor Paper
Several Sizes
Watercolor Brushes
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Optional: Compass
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Today we’ll learn how to create colorful batik-like patterns on paper using a medium called frisket.
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Practice by doodling with your frisket applicator to get used to its flow. Let it dry.
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Those marks will stay white even when you add watercolors. Add some colors and let them dry.
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Now add more frisket anywhere you want to preserve the colors you just put down.
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Once the frisket is dry, add a dark wash over everything and let the watercolor dry too.
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Use the rubber cement eraser to gently remove the frisket, pealing buildup off the eraser as needed.
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Everything under the frisket was perfectly preserved, revealing sharp fine areas of white or color.
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Now for something more ambitious. I’ve used a compass to “sketch” a simple mándala outline.
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First use the frisket to do anything you want to be white. I’m improvising as I go. Let that dry.
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Now do a first layer of color. Start with light colors so you can layer deeper colors on top later.
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Once dry, add frisket anywhere you want to preserve the colors you just put down. Let it dry.
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Now add a second layer of color, choosing medium colors that are similar hues to the colors below.
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Once dry, add more frisket to areas where you want to protect the new colors.
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Once dry, add a final layer of watercolors, using colors that are as dark as you like.
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When fully dry, remove the frisket. As you go, peel any lumps of buildup from the eraser.
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Here is my finished work! The frisket creates a unique and vibrant effect.
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The possibilities for what you can create with this technique are endless. Be creative and have fun!
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