8″ x 10″ 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.
Fields of wild columbines, the Colorado state flower, captured Martha’s eye while she hiked the Wheeler Lakes Trail in the Rocky Mountains, with friends early July. She created this watercolor batik on rice paper from her own composition, sketched from several of the photographs she took.