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August News from Art IN Hand Gallery

The dog days of summer are here.  While you're out enjoying the final months of summer, plan a visit to our gallery.  Explore the unique hand made art including jewelry, pottery, wood, paintings and more, that our artists have to offer!

Art After Five happens every first Friday of the month, and Art IN Hand will be open until 8pm.  Bring your family and friends and celebrate the local art in our gallery and enjoy light refreshments.


Artist Updates

Chuck Bruce  (Jewelry)   Teaching: 
Beginning Stone Inlay Class - emphasis on knives. Week of Aug 18.

Advanced Stone Inlay Class - Week of Aug 25.

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts  Young Harris, GA.

Chris Davis (Raku Pottery)
Art on the Commons. August 11.  Kettering, OH. 

4th Street Art Fesitval. August 31-September 1.  Bloomington, IN
Peoria Art Festival. September 28.  Peoria, IL


Judy DeGan (Pottery)
Penrod Art Fair. September 7.  Indianapolis. 
Carmel International Arts Festival. September 28-29.  Carmel, IN



Daniel Driggs  (Painting)  

Chesterton Art Fair.  August 3-4.  Chesterton, IN.  
Art on the Commons.  August 11.  Kettering, OH.  
Lubeznik Art Festival.  August 17-18.  Michigan City, IN

Ethos Celebration of the Arts. August 24. Franklin, IN
Penrod Art Fair.  September 7.  Indianapolis.
Lockerbie Street Market.  September 21.  Lockerbie Street & Park Ave.  Indianapolis.
Art on the Wabash.  September 22.  West Lafayette.
Art at the Riverside.  Septmber 28.  Leo, IN


Scott Kinzie (Photography)

Lubeznik Art Festival. August 17-18.  Michigan City, IN

Lockerbie Street Market.  September 21.  Lockerbie Street & Park Ave.  Indianapolis.
"It's Black & White to Me".  August exhibition at Sugar Creek Art Center. Thorntown


Sally Phillips  (Jewelry)

Uptown Art Show. August 2-4.  Minneapolis, MN
Morning Glory Art Show.  August 10-11.  Milwaukee, WI
Evanston Art & Big Fork Festival.  August 17-18.  Evanston, IL.
Port Clinton Art Show. August.  August 24-25.  Port Clinton, MI
Upper Arlington.  September 2. Columbus, OH
Penrod Art Fair.  September 7.  Indianapolis

Riverwalk Art Show.  September 21-22.  Naperville, IL
Chautauqua Art Show. September 27-28. Chautauqua, WI


Carrie Wild  (Water Color) 
Art on the Commons.  August 11.  Kettering, OH.
Woodland Art Fair.  August 17-18.  Lexington, KY.
Fourth Street Festival of Arts & Crafts.  August 31- Sept 1.  Bloomington, IN


Watercolor Batik from Paula Dearringer

Watercolor batik is similar to traditional Javanese batik regarding the process in which it’s created.  The difference involves the materials used.  Fabric is replaced by rice paper, and color is created using watercolor paint rather than dye.  Wax is used for both.  Each artist who creates watercolor batiks has his/her own approach for how the work is created.
I begin my watercolor batiks by tracing my drawing onto a piece of rice paper using pencil, a very fine Pitt pen, or a combination of the two.  Rice paper is a thin, translucent paper that has long fibers running through it which provide an interesting texture to the painting.   Melted wax is applied to any part of the drawing that is intended to be white prior to doing any painting, as it will preserve or protect those areas from absorbing color.  I use a blend of paraffin and beeswax.  Using only paraffin would make the wax too brittle, while beeswax alone would be too flexible preventing me from achieving the crackle effect I like in my batiks.  Rice paper is very absorbent, so it is placed on top of layers of paper towel to help minimize the bleeding of the paint into adjacent areas. The painting is developed from light to dark.  As each application of color dries it is then waxed to preserve/protect it from additional paint applications.  By the time the painting part has been completed the entire paper is covered with wax and ready to be crackled.
The crackle effect you see in my watercolor batiks is created by crumpling the waxed painting and placing it into a dye bath.  The dye seeps into the places where the wax has cracked creating lines through the design.  Some artists use darker values of watercolor paint or ink brushed onto the cracked wax surface, but I have more success in achieving the look I want by actually immersing my paintings into a dye bath.  After the initial dip into the dye I blot the painting and hold it up to see if I’m satisfied with the crackle effect.  If not back into the dye bath it goes!  
The last step in creating the batik is to remove the wax.  This is done by ironing the painting between layers of newsprint until very little wax shows on the paper.  It is challenging to always get the wax to go exactly where it is intended, so touch-ups are done using watercolor paint or Pitt brush pens prior to signing the work and preparing it for display at the gallery. 


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