My new friend Serena Barton has written a wonderful book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop. Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese term that refers to that which is “imperfect, impermanent, aged, humble and authentic.” The book focuses on intuitive painting and mixed media techniques of all kinds, to create layered and textured pieces full of intrigue and beauty.
I decided to try one of these projects on a surface I learned to make a few years ago while studying with Brody Neuenschwander in Bruges, Belgium.
I mixed up rice starch the consistency of thick cream and painted it on a board. Then I took strips of Japanese paper and layered it on with the rice starch.
I kept adding layers.
At some point you just have to stop, and I did.
I kept adding layers of ink mixed with the glazing liquid, and at one point my piece looked like this.
Layers and layers later I ended up with this rich surface which is beachy, big surprise! Not sure what is on fire, but it made me happy so I stopped.
This process was so fun I decided to make another one, which also turned into beach.
Serena’s book offers projects that include paint, wax, collage and all the combinations possible while meditatively working toward “wabi-sabi.” It was the most satisfying art I have done in a while, and I think all of you should try it.
Here is the deal. You can buy her book on her blog or any online bookstore. I recommend you buy it on her blog, because she will sign it and you will enjoy that, and she will also give you a little wabi-sabi treat to go with it. What is not to love about that?
While you are there, leave a comment for a chance to win a piece of her art. Wow!
Here is the rest of the list of wabi-sabi blog hoppers.
And now the clincher!
On June 10th I will draw one name from those who leave a comment here.
Win a copy of this book, signed by the lovely Serena, and the wabi-sabi collage kit she will toss in. Good luck! Have fun!FYI, you have to post with email address in order to win.