Why take a weaving workshop?
Watercolor artists often experience two failings: tightness and fear of trying something new. My workshops help to overcome these problems. First, artists discover that, to make a weaving, one must develop a very simple image, avoiding detail. This permits the artist to paint freely. Second, one must cut up one's images entirely--that will cure anyone of the "fear" of painting! Best of all, many students come up with terrific weavings in a short period of time. Some become fully committed to the idea of weaving; others enjoy the liberating aspects of the technique.
"We thank you for inspiration, exhilaration and motivation to do something different in fine art."
"I enjoyed the workshops and I loved your way of abstracting a painting."
Teaching a weaving workshop in Delray Beach, Florida
HOW-TO FOR A WATERCOLOR WEAVING: For intermediate to advanced watercolorists:
1). Choose your subject and simplify. Strive for contrasts in color, value and shape.
2) Select your paper proportions for 2 similar but unequally-sized paintings. Arches 140 lb. cold press works very well.
3). Paint first painting (future vertical cuts).
4) Cut first painting into vertical strips of varying size, Tape to your painting board so that small spaces or interstices exist between pieces.
5). Paint second painting while eyeballing the first one. (You may have to stretch your subject matter horizontally and shorten vertically).
6) When dry, cut second painting into horizontal strips. Interlace strips with verticals as you cut…intuiting the cutting along the way.
7) See what you have. Readable? Edit: with paint, more cutting, eliminating or adding pieces, etc.
8) When you have a “rough draft” select a backing board of your choice. Best to use archival, such as Alphamart Artcare if you plan to display.
9) Glue to board and do final editing. The glueing is tricky; just try to be as neat as you can. When glued, I use a sheet of old plexiglass to cover the final image, along with weights atop, and let the weaving sit for a few hours to make sure the paste is dry. Done!
For a fuller introduction into the weaving method, see the SHORT VIDEO you can access on the home page (approximately four minutes long) and/or read "Expressing Energy with Woven Textures," WATERCOLOR Magazine, Summer 1996.