Online e-course

Designing Watercolor Batiks

with award winning artist Kathie George

The Art of Batik

With Kathie George

Wax and watercolor sound like an unusual combination, but put them together on textured rice paper and WOW! You get a look like no other medium.

You need no experience with watercolor in this class and the materials we’ll use are very simple, such as: rice paper, watercolor and melted paraffin wax.

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Designing Watercolor Batiks

Launching Oct. 27th 2021

“Designing Watercolor Batiks” is normally a comprehensive week-long, in-person workshop.

Now, for the first time ever, you will have the opportunity to study watercolor batiks with Kathie George, the innovator of this technique, in the comfort of your own studio.

With over 30 years of experience teaching her technique, Kathie George is the person to guide you.

You will learn this method from the ground up, including, absolutely everything you need to know, from the basics to Kathie’s special tips for success (and she has many up her sleeve!).

What is watercolor batik?

It is an amazing technique where you combine melted wax and watercolor to create distinctive paintings.

The wax is used as a resist; it blocks the areas that aren’t intended to receive paint. The color is a simple wash on top of the saved wax areas.

There is nothing exact about batik.

You’re going to get wax and color where you don’t want it, so be prepared for mistakes such as unintentional drips of wax and oozing color.

Believe it or not, these accidents can add to the look of the piece!

The addition of the unexpected gives each batik that “artsy” look that you cannot get with any other medium.

I’m in love with the process & sensory experience of batik watercolor painting.

From the wonderful textured rice paper we use, to the warm drippy wax, the materials are sensual.

The waxing is slow and comforting, while the washes are free and colorful.

You’ll forget everything else in the world when you’re involved in a wonderful batik.

I’m here to teach you how to fall in love with it, too.

I hope you’ll join me for this adventure and allow me to guide you through the creative and satisfying process of designing your own batiks!

Your Teacher

Kathie George is a talented artist, a much-sought-after workshop instructor, and the author of five instructional art books.

She is experimental and innovative when it comes to her use of media, but works primarily in watermedia.

She is best known for developing and teaching the watercolor batik on rice paper technique.

Her students rave about her friendly, informative, and energetic approach to teaching.

Once class begins you will have access to:

• 2 Practice Paint-along videos to get you up to speed with your technique, and start looking at your subject with a ‘batik mind.’ You can stop and start the videos anytime to catch up or replay a portion you want to see again.

• Line drawings for both paint-along projects.

• 2 Live Zoom sessions with Kathie George. The first live session will help you choose photos for your very own batik project. The second Zoom will be a critique session. To get complete information on how this will work, please see the “You May Be Wondering” section.

• Can’t make it to the live Zoom meetings? The meetings will be recorded. You’ll be able to stream them anytime.

• A downloadable PDF with two pages of “good for batik” photos for your own files and private use.

• Unlimited access to the course! Stream online anytime. If life gets in the way, you can watch anytime that is convenient for you.

• Ideas for turning even your batik ‘rejects” into something special.

• A private Facebook group to share your pieces, ask questions, and learn from each other.

Most importantly, by the end of this course, you will have:

Completed 2 beautiful batiks from the paint-along sessions

Painted an additional batik, completely designed by YOU from your own photo or one of the reference photos included with the course.
Participated in a personal critique with Kathie George. This is a very special element I wanted to include for all of you. If you complete a piece within the session time frame, you will be sent a private, personal summary critique of your piece! If you finish after the timeframe, you can post your piece to our Facebook group for peer critique.

What Kathie’s Students are Saying

I’m writing to make sure you understand how excited I am to be taking classes with you, even if virtually. I love batiking and can’t wait to learn how to design my own.

Larry- NY
I saw an article in Watercolor Magazine in which you had been featured and I was hooked!  Your lesson packets are amazing and I have learned so much from them. But now I am very excited to learn exactly how you do your designs. I can’t wait!

Allison – PA
I taught myself to batik from the many step-by-step lessons on offer on your website. I was recently accepted into signature membership of my state Watercolor Society! Thank you!
Marla – FL
It was fun and exciting to finally be able to see how you think as you work thru the batik process! You have a gift, Kathie. I especially appreciate the encouragement you gave me and what I see you giving to other students.

Martha – SC

Designing Watercolor Batiks includes a range of videos and course support materials that will help you to:

Learn how to “think like a batik artist.”

Discover why VALUE is your number one tool, not only in batik but in any painting medium. Then practice honing that skill with an exercise!

Learn how to use some key technology if you want to get technical.

Learn how to work without technology if you don’t want to go technical. No problem. Everything can be done with only your computer as well. And you do not have to be on Facebook.

Embrace your mistakes and learn when to change them. Mistakes are not to be feared! We will learn a lot from them! Some mistakes might need to be changed and you’ll learn how to do that. Learning how to make those changes is a valuable skill!

Course Outline

Course launches Oct.27th 2021

Getting Started
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Welcome Video

5:13
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Basic Skills & Supplies

40:44
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Supply List - PDF

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My Palette Set-Up - PDF

Thinking Like a Batik Artist
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Flower Pot - Video

1:22:55
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Flower Pot Line Drawing - PDF

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More Practice—Boat Paint Along - Video

1:09:24
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Boat Line Drawing - PDF

BATIK IS ALL ABOUT VALUE
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What is Value? - Video

02:45
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What is Value - PDF

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The Importance of Value - Horse Exercise - Video

17:23
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Horse Line Drawing 1 - PDF

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Horse Line Drawing 2 - PDF

Horse Photos

WHAT IS A GOOD SUBJECT FOR A BATIK?
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How to Choose a Good Photo - Video

13:37

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What Makes a Good Photo - PDF

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Good Photo References for You - PDF

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Sun Helps - PDF

Live Zoom

* Photo submissions must be received 48 hrs. before the Live Critique

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Kathie Reviews Photo Submissions - Live Zoom

Monday November 8th, at 1:00 pm. EST Approx. 1hr.

Photos must be submitted 48 hrs. before Zoom critique.

If you can’t attend in person it will be recorded for your viewing.

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How to Download Your Photo(s)

Working out your Design & Transfering it to Rice Paper
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Using a Projector - Video

14:54
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Enlarging Without a Projector - PDF

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How to Change a Photo to Black & White on your PC - Video

02:13

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How to Change a Photo to Black & White on your iPad - Video

08:50
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How to Maximize your Design before you transfer it to Rice Paper - Video

05:13
Ready to Paint? Get Going with these Tips
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Steps to get You Started - Video

5:13
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Steps to get You Started - PDF

Ideas for Backgrounds
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Lets Talk About Backgrounds - PDF

Live Zoom – Critique on Finished Pieces
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Critique with Kathie - Live Zoom

Sunday, November 21st at 1:00 pm EST Approx. 1hr.

If you can’t attend in person it will be recorded for your viewing.

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How to Use Zoom

Creative Uses for Batiks & Other Things You Might Want to Know
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Fun Stuff! - Video

16:50
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Repairing a Hole in Your Batik - PDF

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Framing a Batik - PDF

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