Batik workshop to be offered

Linda Stair

Linda Stair holds her batik of tropical birds. Behind her is another batik of tropical fish. (Courtesy photo)

Special to the PRESS

On October 29, noted pastel and oil painter Linda Stair will conduct a batik workshop at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery in Port Isabel.

Linda is a resident of Harlingen, where she is secretary of the Art Center on Jackson Street. She is also a member of the Laguna Madre Art League. She received her BFA at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, Ohio, and has traveled throughout France studying the French impressionists. She shows her work at Rockport Art Museum, Brownsville Art Museum, and the Harlingen Art Center.

In this workshop, each participant will produce an original batik painting. Linda says the process has been around for centuries. After drawing a simple design on Oriental paper, the artist paints the lightest color in the design with inks. After it is dry, paraffin is applied to the area just painted. The process (painting, drying, applying wax) is then repeated over the rest of the drawing as many times as it takes to cover the design.

After the final coat of wax is dry, the artist might wish to crack the wax and then cover it with a dark color. After it has dried completely, newsprint is used to cover the painting and a hot iron is applied to it to pick up the paraffin. The result is a completely unique work of art.

Workshop participants are asked to bring an 11” x 14” piece of foam core board, some small detail brushes, and a simple drawing as those found in children’s coloring books. The rest of the supplies will be provided by the instructor. This workshop is for the beginner as well as the experienced artist. It will be held at the Laguna Madre Art Gallery, 405 E. Maxan St., Port Isabel on October 29 at 10 a.m. and costs $50.00. To sign up or for more information, call the Gallery at (956) 943-1407.

Read this story in the October 25 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.

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