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Written by: Zach Claxton – Art League of Highlands-Cashiers | Publish: August – 2022

Artist Jan De Jong will decipher the tricks and techniques for painting on rice paper – Monday August 29 at 5:00 p.m. at Bascom.


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The August meeting of the Art League of Highlands-Cashiers will take place at Bascom on Monday August 29th. Social time begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by a meeting at 5:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. The guest speaker at the meeting will be watercolourist Jan DeJong.Ms. De Jong discovered watercolors as a child and has been fascinated by this medium ever since. After retiring from teaching art in 2002, she began teaching adults in her Florida home, as well as leading workshops. Jan started painting on rice paper in 2010. She particularly enjoys working on rice paper as she loves the way it absorbs paints and the textures she can achieve with the resist wax. The technique forces the artist to save white and understand negative space, thereby simplifying his idea and working with shapes as well as lines. Jan is an iconic member of the Miami Watercolor Society as well as the FloridaWatercolor Society. She thinks learning something new is challenging and can be fun at any age. Her presentation, titled Creative RicePaper Batik, will include illustrations by her and other batik artists using the technique of paper and wax work. Jan will demonstrate paper and wax manipulation techniques, and she will teach the concepts of working from light to dark, simplifying paint design and the textures that can be achieved from wax painting. . She will demonstrate how to tear rice paper and provide a list of supplies needed and where to get them. Participants will also receive step-by-step written instructions on this method. There will be a side table with rice paper and melted wax for those who wish to try this method. We believe you will find this presentation both interesting and informative.

by Zach Claxton, The Art League of Highlands-Cashiers

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