I started by coating a piece of illustration board with Golden's Fiber Paste, which created a subtly textured surface. When the paste was dry, it was covered with a coat of black paint. The bear was sketched using white chalk, which is easy to wipe off once the painting colors are blocked in. Heavy body acrylics were scumbled over the textured surface using an almost dry brush, so the paint was just hit the ridges of the surface.
Acrylic Batik Bear
This method lacks the beautiful, subtle delicacy of the watercolor batiks, but is interesting in it's own right. I love the interaction of the scumbled colors. Whereas sometimes you find yourself fighting with colors, or struggling with techniques, this was a very comfortable piece to paint. Everything fell into place quickly and easily.