The technique of combining two artistic media that repel or resist one another has been around for many centuries. In ancient India, Malaysia, and Indonesia, fabric was painted with hot wax, then dyed, sometimes several times in layers to build up an intricate pattern. This is called batik, and Java, Indonesia is the center of the art now.
In ancient Japan, tsutsugaki and shibori resist techniques were used with indigo dye on silk and other fabrics to create traditional patterns. Tsutsugaki used a rice flour and water paste to resist the dye, while shibori used mechanical barriers to the dye. Find out more in our Shibori Crate.
Wax resist has been used by Ukrainians to create the complex designs in Pysanky eggs, adding wax at each step so color is built upon color. Our Pysanky Crate teaches this famous technique.
Resist techniques are particularly useful in watercolor painting because it preserves the translucency while allowing more use of color. John Singer Sargent, one of the most famous painters of the 20th century, used wax resist in his watercolor paintings, creating startlingly beautiful and complex portraiture and landscapes. You’ll be learning two different resist techniques you can use to create art of your own!
The Watercolor Resist Crate Contains:
Watercolor Travel Set with Case, including
6 Watercolor Paint Tubes – Mix them for the colors you want!
Taklon Brush (Round) – A good quality brush for painting.
Graphite Pencil – Use this to sketch out your painting.
Eraser – And this to remove the lines you don’t want!
Sharpener – Keeps your pencil on point.
Six-Well Palette – For mixing and applying paint.
Watercolor Paper Artist Pad – A great place to get started!
Brushes, Round and Flat – Can be used for either paint or rubber cement.
Brush, Foam – Use this for painting over a large area of your paper or canvas.
Rubber Cement – A very cool way to resist watercolor paints.
Washi Tape – Another great resist material, especially for abstract art.
Canvas Boards – Two of these for you to create on!
PIK-UP™ cement eraser – The easiest way to remove rubber cement.
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