Welcome to my new site! This is a site especially for readers of my book from North Light, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop. I'll be posting questions, comments, and photographs from readers as well as my own wabi-sabi photos and art work.
As you know, I like to go around my neighborhood and my town looking for wabi-sabi. Here are some recent pictures I took close to home.
|Closeups of a rusted dumpster|
These photos inspired the painting below.
Realms 20" x 16"
This piece was done in oil and cold wax, but you can do something similar in acrylic, re-inker glaze, or encaustic. I'd love to have you share your inspiration photos and art with us! your can email me your photos through my website and I'll post them here.
A few questions from reader Dawn:
1.) What are the different uses, properties & applications of various types of inks: reinkers, alcohol, India (from your book I know you use reinkers w/acrylic glazing medium for layers of glazes, but not sure when or how to use others.
Dawn, I use dye re-inkers in the projects in the book. Now there are pigment re-inkers out also, and I'm planning to try them soon. What I know so far is that they are more opaque, so I assume the dye re-inkers work better for glazes, but I'll keep you posted. I use the alcohol inks for accents in my work, over wet re-inker glazes. I know some artists who use alcohol inks with encaustics also. If you google alcohol inks you'll find a whole range of uses for these lovely inks--I have yet to try them all. India ink works great for adding an aged look to encaustic collages. Rub ink into incised areas, or rub ink over the whole piece and then quickly rub most of it off. Here's a little piece I did with alcohol ink.
|Outside the Village Acrylic and Alcohol Ink on Panel 5" x 5"|
2.) What size are most of the pieces I see in your book?
Most of the project pieces are fairly small. 8" x 14" or 12" square--in that vicinity. Some of the gallery photos are larger pieces.
3.) Is most or some of your Wabi Sabi work reproducible? (Some types of mixed media collage lends itself to reproduction- like prints or notecards-better than others- just wondering.)
Much of the work reproduces very well. Encaustic is sometimes hard to photograph. I am delighted with the photos taken for the book! I take my own photos of my work and get the best results taking the pictures outside on an overcast day. I also scan small pieces. Taking pictures or scanning at a very high resolution helps with getting a good reproduction. Thanks for your interesting questions, Dawn!