23″ x 18″ Watercolor Batik
These beautiful paintings are created on fine Japanese rice papers (the thicknesses of which are only between 11 – 34 gauge), instead of fabric, which is used in traditional batiks. Additionally, watercolors are used instead of dyes, with a wax resist, allowing beautiful translucent colors (along with rich vibrant hues which are built up with multiple layers of watercolor), to show throughout the paintings. This method of painting takes about five times the amount of time it would take to create a standard watercolor painting.
Spying these two birds in a local protected boggy reservoir, Martha photographed them with her strong telephoto lens. After printing their images, she knew they would make a lovely watercolor batik on rice paper. This painting now hangs in a private collection, and a second original was commissioned and created in a similar, yet different, fashion. This first original is the cover for her book “Watercolor Batik; An Artist’s Guide to Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper.”