Jan Wilken – Watercolor Batik


June 10, 2023 - June 11, 2023

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Studio in the Park

2490 Silverest Ave, Baton Rouge, LA, 70816

The main facility for the Art Guild of Louisiana is the Studio in the Park. This BREC building is located in Cedarcrest Park in Baton Rouge.

More Info

Workshop Coordinators

Emily Efferson, etefferson@cox.net, 225-936-6536 and Lisa Sanchez, lisamsanchez2022@gmail.com, 225-993-1756


Jan Wilken is the President of the Jefferson Art Guild and an experienced artist in oils, watercolors and acrylics. She studied with John McCrady in the mid 60’s and painted with oils until the mid 90’s when she switched to her current passion – watercolor. She is based in Harahan, LA and has artwork on exhibit in Maggie Mays and Treasures of the Bay in the Bay-Waveland, MS area as well as Hall of Frame in New Orleans and Metairie. You can see more of Jan’s work on her website at www.janwilken.com


This fun workshop is back by popular demand! If you are looking for a fun and creative new technique for watercolor, this is the workshop for you. This will be a two-day watercolor Batik workshop using simplified instructions created by Jan for artists to see the image develop through value changes while implementing the ancient technique of using wax as a resist (Batik) to further enhance movement and texture in the piece. Participants will work on a different image each day, finishing the workshop with two completed (or almost complete) works of batik art. Also, participants will learn how to mount their batik on watercolor paper ready for framing. In addition to the images you will be painting, Jan will provide all the specialized tools (special paper, matt medium, paraffin wax/pot, etc.) needed for this technique to be successful.

Supply list

Materials Provided:
Ginwashi or HanJi Paper
Instant Batik Instruction Sheet
Batik Pattern
Color Reference Photo
Masonite Board to Support Art Work
Freezer Paper, Parchment/Wax Paper
Matte Medium to Mount Batik
Kleenex/Paper Towel
Trash Bag
Parafin Wax
Wax Pot
Waxing Brushes

Materials Artist Must Bring:
Your Favorite Watercolors – Suggestions:
Warm Yellow, Red, Blue AND Cool Yellow, Red, Blue
Sap or other Warm Green, Burnt Sienna, Paynes Gray
Purple, Alizarin Crimson, Violet, Turquoise, Quinacrodone Gold

Suggested Brushes: Synthetic (Taklon) or Hair, Short Handles
Rounds – One each Small (0-2), Medium (5-8), Large (10-14)
Flats/Angulars – ½” and 1″ Flat Angular – ¼” and ½”

Palette, Small Spray Bottle, Divided Water Container
Ultra Fine Point and Fine Point Black Waterproof Sharpie Pen
No. 2 Pencil / Kneaded Eraser
Ruler, Scissors, painters or art tape
One Full Sheet (22″x30″) 140# Cold Press Watercolor – (Pre-cut in half to two 22″x15″ pieces)