Covid Creativity: 30Nov2020

by Paulette Poirier

Last fall I decided to pursue a new artistic interest, batik.  Starting with books from the library, I experimented with various techniques, with many frustrations. This spring I connected with someone local with batik experience to help me with the next level. Unfortunately Covid struck before we could actually get together. This, together with an increasingly sore right wrist, has presented even more challenges.  

Taking our recent Indian Summer for Plein-Air to the max for some last minute batiking.  

Learning batik is hard enough, but increasingly using my left hand has added another layer of difficulty to the project.  My passion for art is always with me, so despite my bellyaching  and complaining to anyone who will listen I am always looking for artistic challenges. So, why would batik be any different?

The following 3 images are different exercises of this photo taken by my granddaughter: I zoomed in on some of the leaves.

Pen and dye, on a board 12 x  9 inches using left over colours from the batiking.

Batik on cotton made into a cushion, 16 x 13 inches.

Batik on cotton. Might frame or use as a wall hanging: 25 x 25 inches.

Collectif members, send an image (or a few) of very recent work to with up to 100 words describing what you did, materials used, inspiration, etc. Maybe share how you’re feeling & how creativity helps. We’d like an informative, inspiring show & tell. Writers, send us poetry, lyrics, a short piece or excerpt.


  1. Lovely! I have a general idea of the batik technique, but I am wondering how you did the leaves for the middle version to make it look… well, for want of a better word, batiky? I note that the leaves in the first and second versions are sharper; the middle one, less so.

    Ruth Stanton



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