Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hear Me Roar


Watercolor batik on rice paper

While going through some old photos, I found this batik from 2008.  It was originally the size of a half sheet of watercolor paper, but I eventually cropped it because it seemed as if the lion's head was just floating in the middle of the painting.  There was a problem with the values (tones), but I didn't know how to fix it at the time.

I found a couple of nice lion references yesterday and decided to try something new (for me).  Here are two small paintings done with a technique using water-soluble gouache as a resist (like masking fluid or frisket) with waterproof India ink on Arches 140# / 300 gm cold pressed watercolor paper.



These are fun to do because the final step involves covering the entire painting with the black ink, letting it dry, and then putting the painting under running water to remove bits of the ink.



Here is a very short YouTube tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YY7aDO6OCQ

Here is a written tutorial:  http://emptyeasel.com/2010/06/18/the-wild-and-adventurous-gouache-and-india-ink-technique/.

Hope to try it again later this week with different subject matter and some color.





44 comments:

  1. Love the effect of the rice paper batik, beautiful work!

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  2. Beautiful pieces and the ink resist turned out amazing, much better than in the video in my mind! You are such an inspiration always!
    Happy week Chris!
    Hugs, Susi

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    1. Thank you so much, Susi! Hope you have a very happy week, too!!

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  3. both are awesome! Batik looks really different!

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  4. how great the ink painting of the two animals and also the batik you succeeded at that time.

    happy week
    greetings elke

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment, Elke.

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  5. those look great :) the techniques creates a really neat effect :) going to have to try it one day

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. They're different & I hope you find time to try it soon.

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  6. I love the rice paper lion! Cropping a part of his head was very successful - now it looks more exciting, I think!
    This technique with watersoluble gouache and waterproof ink is very interesting - the results are gorgeous!
    Warm regards, Rike

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    1. Thank you, Rike. Appreciate your lovely comment!

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  7. I like the drama of the crop and the palette is exquisite. That last one...woah how intimidating is he!?! I would not like that to be the last thing I saw. Powerfully done.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. No, I wouldn't want to run into that last lion either...

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  8. Lovely work...you are inspiring!

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  9. Thank you very much for sharing a wonderful work. Please be kind to yourself. Your work looks great and indeed, great. I hope you will enjoy painting and drawing. Best wishes, Sadami

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    1. Thank you, Sadami. Appreciate the good advice.

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  10. Really like the batik on rice paper, lovely colours ...
    Thanks for including the links, I'm sure many will find them helpful.

    Enjoy the rest of your week.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan.
      Have a wonderful week, too!

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  11. Wow.... you have got the eyes right.

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  12. Well they have been very well, very interesting works that express the majesty of the king of the jungle.
    Congratulations.
    Greetings.

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    1. Thank you, Jose. Appreciate your lovely comment.

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  13. I love the way you cropped the lion's head! And the black and white technique looks very interesting, I'll have a look at the tutorials, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much, Judy. That technique is fun for a change.

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  14. Your lion is gorgeous! I watched the video. It looks like a really fun technique. I want to pick up some ink next time I'm at the art supply store and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Terri. Yes, I hope you give it a try - lots of fun!

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  15. This is amazing Chris!!! I always love the cropped version of a painting and this lion is Beautifully done! You are the Master of this technique!!!!!

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  16. I just watched the video, thanks for that... a great technique, it looks so simple. But you have to draw as well as you can to make such a wonderful lion portrait. It has become fascinatingly beautiful - as always I admire how well you always paint the eyes of the animals!
    I love your older batik just as much!
    Ulrike

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    1. Thank you, Ulrike. Hope you give the technique a try.

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  17. Hello Chris,
    Amazing paints of these wildlife animals.
    The lion in color is really great and very well done!!

    Kind regards,
    Marco

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  18. Dear Chris - your lion from 2008 is gorgeous. I love him. What a lovely way with the the last two paintings. You have such a way with cats! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. I love big cats...
      A big hug back to you!

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  19. Your art is lovely! Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you so much, Kelleyn! Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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  20. Really eye opening works , specially love the 2008 lion, gorgeous !

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  21. Oh Chris your Lion looks really like the King of the animals, so real the eye. The two black paintings are gorgeous too. Great technique, I tried this years before.
    I hope your sweet dog feels better now and his leg heals good. All the best for him.
    Dear greetings
    Sabine

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    1. Thank you, Sabine. Yes, the technique is lots of fun.
      And our dog is feeling much better now. HIs bandages were finally removed today & he went on a short walk.
      Have a wonderful weekend!

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  22. They are all fabulous, Chris. The colored lion is my favorite. Maybe that's because he doesn't look like he would chew me up for breakfast right away, lol.

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  23. Thanks for the tutorial and video! As Usual your lions are stunning.

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