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Behind-The-Scenes At A Batik Workshop With Caren Hackman

What happens after a Rickie Report article announcing a class or workshop is published?  On March 2, 2018, we published “Cynthia Head And Sally Pearson Offer 1 Day Workshops To Create A Take-Home Batik Painting”.  Today, Caren Hackman reports on her own and other workshop attendees’ experiences and shares their exciting results in this article.  The Rickie Report shares this behind-the-scenes experience with our readers!




Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper  1 day Workshop



Caren Hackman at Batik Workshop


It is great to get out of my own studio and take workshop to learn new skills or a new process. A one-day-Saturday workshop, suited me fine. I invited my sister, Naomi, friend Mara and her daughter Sarah, to take a watercolor-batik workshop with me.


I learned about the workshop through The Rickie Report. Rickie’s initial article about the workshop stated that all participants, regardless of experience, would be able to create a stunning work of art. The workshop was instructed by artists Sally Browning Pearson and Cynthia Head, and took place in Sally’s well-lit Port St. Lucie studio. The skill level of the 6 participants spanned from experienced watercolorists, to individuals with almost no painting experience. For the designs, Cindy and Sally offer tried and true patterns or the option to create your own design. I chose to use my own design.


I asked several of the workshop participants why they had chose to attend.  Barbara shared, “I was looking for something fun and I know Sally, so I knew this would be fun”.  Both Mara, an artist and instructor and Kendra, a longtime student of Sally’s, said that they were hoping the workshop would jumpstart some new creative endeavors.


The project begins by drawing the image on rice paper that is shot through with Mylar threads. I don’t want to give away too many of the secrets of this wonderful process, but there is a point when we crumpled our beautiful, delicate projects into fist sized balls!



Barb and Mara crumbling their paper


After the crumbling and another watercolor wash, we ironed the artwork to remove all of the wax. The results were delightful and varied. Each workshop participant adhered their rice paper art to a 16” x 20” stretched canvas support. I skipped this stage because I wanted to I attached my watercolor batik to a canvas scroll, as I’ve been doing for all my YogaPainter artworks.



As the workshop progressed, I asked the two least experienced “artists” in our group what they thought of their projects.  Naomi said, ” I was anxious about taking this workshop because I am a perfectionist, but I am not an artist. I absolutely love what I made”!  Sarah told me, “This is the best piece of art that I have ever created”!



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Be sure to check out Caren’s wonderful artwork – Caren is a talented artist in her own right! She is a founding member of the Artists of Palm Beach County.





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