Instructor Name: Susan Egbert
Date: Saturday, November 4
Time: 10 AM - 3 PM
Materials fee: $10.00 due at beginning of class. Pay to the instructor.
Registration: Call 540-586-4235 or come by the Bower Center Tues-Sat between 11 AM to 4 PM to register or you can register online.
Acrylic batik is a fun, somewhat unpredictable medium using acrylic washes on rice paper with wax as a resist.
You begin by transferring your drawing onto rice paper using a water-proof pen such as Micron 05 or 08. The next step is to wax out any areas you want to keep white - then you are ready for the first thin wash. When that is dry, wax out any area you want to remain that color, and repeat using another color wash. Working from light to dark, apply the wax to block further layers of paint until the entire surface is waxed. When your surface is completely coated, crumple the entire painting, spread it out and wash a final color (I generally use a mid to dark blue but any color could be used). Before that wash dries, apply a final wax coating over the entire piece. Then the wax is melted off using an iron set to ‘cotton’ (between layers of newspaper) to reveal your creation. The results are surprising at times and always exciting!
For over 30 years, Susan Egbert has exhibited her mixed media paintings, monotypes and acrylic works across Virginia in numerous solo and group presentations. In addition, her art has been included in a number of juried exhibitions in Virginia and selected for awards by a number of prominent art professionals.
Susan’s work is held in corporate collections including Carilion Health Care System (Roanoke, VA), Catawba Hospital (Catawba, VA), Boy Scouts of America as well as private collections across the United States, and in England.
Susan received a BA in fine art from the State University of Oswego, NY. She is an active member of Art on Kirk, Roanoke VA; League of Roanoke Artists; Virginia Watercolor Society (signature member) and the Roanoke Arts Commission. She resides in Salem, VA.