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!

 

BEHIND   THE   SCENES    WITH  CAREN  HACKMAN:

 

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”!

 

ONE   DAY   BATIK   PAINTING   WORKSHOPS

To Register or get more information contact: cynthia.head@gmail.com or sallybpearson@gmail.com

For more information about Caren Hackman:

Caren Hackman is a graphic designer and fine artist living in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. and author of a book about Graphic Design and Good Business practice: http://www.carenhackman.com/book/.

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.

www.carenhackman.com

 yogapainter.com

 

 

 

 

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Cynthia Head And Sally Pearson Offer 1 Day Workshops To Create A Take-Home Batik Painting

Join Sally Pearson and Cynthia Head in an exciting one day workshop at Sally’s home studio in Stuart, FL and create your own Batik painting!  In addition to learning about batik on rice paper –design and color application – they will also show you how to mount your picture over canvas. You will go home with a picture ready to hang!  They supply the coffee and wine ( at the end of the day) in a small group setting.  Beginners are very welcome and for those of you thinking “I’m not creative”… this is FOR YOU!  The Rickie Report shares the details and some sneak peeks of the Batik images, Cynthia’s original watercolors, and her own “Batik in a Bag©” kits.

 

One Day Batik Painting Workshop

 

ONE   DAY   BATIK   PAINTING   WORKSHOPS

 

Watercolor Batik on Rice Paper

1 day Workshop

Available:   Thursday, Friday or Saturday

 

“Birches”Batik © by Cynthia Head

 

Join Sally Pearson and Cynthia Head in this exciting one day workshop in Sally’s home studio!

Wear old clothes, bring a lunch, we supply coffee and lemonade, and wine at the end of day.

Cost: $75.00 payable by cash or check

 597 SW Kaabe Avenue   Port St Lucie, FL

Time: 9:30 – 3:30

To Register or get more information contact: cynthia.head@gmail.com or sallybpearson@gmail.com

 

 

Bring your own photo reference or choose one of our drawings to use in this exciting workshop.

Two teachers for 5 students provide more individual instruction.

In addition to learning about batik on rice paper –design and color application – we will also show you how to mount your picture over canvas.

You will go home with a picture ready to hang!

Materials provided include:

· Rice paper · Drawing and or pattern · Watercolors · Designated brushes · Pens · Hot wax · Canvas · Matt medium and rollers to mount your picture

 

 

About Batik

Cynthia’s most recent work incorporate watercolor on rice paper using the ancient batik method.  Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing applied traditionally to whole cloth originating in Indonesia. Batik is made by drawing wax dots and lines of resist with a tool called a canting or by printing with resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The wax resists dyes and allows color to selectively soak into the cloth. Boiling water is used to remove the wax.

Cynthia tells us that wax resist dyeing of fabric is an ancient art form. It already existed in Egypt in the 400 BC, where it was used to wrap mummies, and was practiced in Asia, China, India, Japan as well as in Africa.  Different resists were used, depending on the availability of resources.  Indonesian batik from the island of Java is the best known. In October 2009, UNESCO designated Indonesian batik a a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.  Handmade Unyru paper is made from the highly renewable resource, the mulberry tree. The particular paper I use has strands of gold or silver, pre-consumable, recycled, mylar added to it, adding interest to each piece.

 

 

Below are some patterns available for students – more being developed every week !

 

 

 

“Sidekick©” Batik  by Cynthia Head

 

 

 

“Hibiscus”Batik© by Cynthia Head

 


Cynthia shares, “Combining the vibrancy and versatility of watercolor, with the spontaneity of the batik process, embraces a sense of perfect imperfection. There is a joy in working through each piece that energizes me. It motivates me to share this artistic journey by teaching others. My goal is to work with freer, more intuitive expression”.

 

“Hydrangeas” Original Watercolor by Cynthia Head


“Having finished a career in teaching high school, I am fortunate to be able focus fully on studio art and teaching adult watercolor batik workshops. My degrees in history and education, along with fine arts courses and workshops, provide a firm basis in design, color, and composition. Living in Florida and Canada, and traveling extensively, supplies me with constant inspiration. It’s always uplifting to be able to get out with a sketch book and camera to view the world anew. My work is based on my own photography, sketch books, and imagination”, she explains.

 

“Just Leaves” Original Watercolor by Cynthia Head

 

INTRODUCING:

BATIK IN A BAG©  – Take home a DIY

Each kit contains patterns and instructions, canvas, pen, and wax, to complete a
8 X 10 canvas gallery wrapped – ready to hang – picture!

$28.00

 

 

 

 

To learn more about Batik on watercolor, Batik in a Bag© and to see more of Cynthia’s work go to her website:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia-Head-Studio-330599384092514/?ref=bookmarks

Website:

https://cynthiaheadstudio.wixsite.com/mysite

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/cynthia_head_studio

 

 

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

Rickie@therickiereport.com   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Explore Layering, Rice Paper and Watercolor or Acrylic in a Free Demo with BJ Collister

BJ Collister, a member of the Artists of Palm Beach County,will offer a free demonstration in mixed media. Explore the Layering Process using Rice Paper, Acrylic & Watercolor on January 23rd.  The Rickie Report urges attendees to RSVP, as space is limited.  More details are in this article.

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Artists of Palm Beach County

Present

A Free Demonstration:

Mixed Media

by

BJ Collister

Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

 

Art on Park Gallery

800 Park Avenue

Lake Park, FL

RSVP – Space is Limited!  561-345-2842

Exploring the Layering Process using Rice Paper, Acrylic & Watercolor with BJ Collister at Art on Park Gallery.   On Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. highly accomplished artist, BJ Collister, will be doing a free demonstration for the Artists of Palm Beach County and the public at the Art on Park Gallery, 800 Park Avenue in Lake Park.
"Shangrila"

“Shangrila” 

“Rice paper can enrich any painting medium and I have several different techniques using different methods,” states the artist. “Adding textured papers to your working surface provides an excellent opportunity to develop exquisite textural effects. What I will demonstrate in this session is to explore texture for its own sake.”  She states that this method can be used with watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. “By collaging Oriental paper, you can perform major surgery on paintings that do not meet your own standards of excellence. You can ‘save’ that painting that didn’t work!”, she points out.

 

 

 

"Snow Mountains"

“Snow Mountains”

 

 

She explains, “Starting with abstract designs, so you can concentrate on texture, I will show you the basic layering process.”  BJ, a graduate of Florida State University, has been painting for many years. She attended several Prestigious Art schools such as Ringling School of Art, Instituto Allende in San Miguel, Mexico and Houston Museum of Fine Art. BJ treasures her private studies with renowned artist Gerald Brommer, author of over 20 art books, and past president of the National Watercolor Society. She has studied Mr. Brommer’s methods for the last 10 years and has taught watercolor and acrylic classes using the rice paper layering process at the Titusville Art League, and in Main Street Gallery in Central Florida. We are lucky to have her expertise in Palm Beach County, so don’t miss this exciting demonstration!

 

 

"San Miguel"

“San Miguel”

 

 Space is limited. Please contact the gallery to pre-register. If you have any questions feel free to call the gallery at  (561) 345-2842.    For more information please contact: visit www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.org   or www.artistsofpalmbeachcounty.com  Artists of Palm Beach County is a not-for-profit organization and welcomes new artists to become members.

 

 

Artists of Palm Beach County serves as the much needed connection between artists and also between artists and the community. Many members are new to Palm Beach County and feel both relieved and excited to find an organization that provides networking opportunities and promotes local artists. It also seems the community at large was in need of an organization such as this. Shortly after the organization formed we began seeing calls coming in from local organizations and individuals that wanted to include local artists in their programming!

 

 

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