Wind Horse Scroll – Bhutan

Using the Bhutanese woodblock as my inspiration, I made a scroll about the Wind Horse.

I use a wood box-like form to hold the paper off the floor before I apply the hot wax. When I first started experimenting with wax I painted right on the floor. Not a good thing. The hot wax and paper adhered firmly to the floor! This scroll is about 60 inches long. The materials I used were watercolor, gold fluid acrylic, bleached beeswax 100% pure domestic imported from Germany, sumi ink, and pastels on mulberry paper. The ‘Precious horse’ and linear areas around it was done first, using hot wax. When the paper was dry I applied  watercolor which filled up all the untouched paper – the wax stopped the pigment creating a batik. (click on image to see it larger)

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