Helen Van Poorten

This painting done by artist Helen Van Poorten depicts several bunches of bright purple lilacs, surrounded by leaves. This painting uses the technique of watercolour batik, which is a technique that uses rice paper and melted wax to create an interesting look and texture in the piece. The technique uses wax to keep paint off the paper in specific areas so paint only reaches the paper in certain spots. White spots in this painting, like the outlines of the flowers and leaves were most likely spots covered in wax, keeping the area white instead of getting painted. When the painting is finished, the cooled wax is removed with heat, and leaves the painting with a unique effect.

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