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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Linda Creates More Wabi-Sabi Work

Linda continues to be inspired by my book to create work in her own style. Here's what she has to say on her blog:

 "I'm also continuing my series of wabi-sabi canvases inspired by Serena Barton's book and Keith Harkin's original songs. You can see my previous projects here, and here.

  This week I chose techniques from Chapter Two. 

  Background Layers:

  Layer 1 began with a combination of Golden transparent Iron Oxide, Iridescent Bright Gold and American Bright Yellow mixed together. Layer 2 I added My Studio Vanilla and wiped back. Layer 3 I added Country Accents Soldier Blue and as I was wiping away a happy accident occurred . I had my fingertips on the canvas and when I lifted them away they also lifted the paint, causing the whitish blotches you see. In true wabi-sabi form I embraced it and left it be :). Next I mixed Adirondack Watermelon reinker with water and with an eye dropper allowed the mix to drip from top to bottom then from side to side. A wet cloth was used to spread some of the color and add into the background. A heart shape was painted in the center with US Artquest Duo Adhesive then a scrap of gold leaf sheet was applied over it. A little more tweaking with paints. Stamped compass (Judikins) onto tissue paper with Jet Black Staz-on ink, torn and adhered to lower right. Typed sentiment (the song title), aged it with inks and paint then adhered it to the heart:

"Don't Forget About Me" -  5" x 7" canvas

  On a final note, Bill and I will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this Saturday. Not bad considering we only knew each other 5 months before eloping and it was the best decision I ever made. Love you dahling ;)"

Thanks for keeping us up to date on your wabi-sabi creations, Linda!

PS: To see what went on at last weekend's workshop. "Buried Treasure", go to my other blog!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A Wabi-Sabi Do Over

A quick share of a new work before I go to teach a class at BLOOM! Artscape here on the Oregon coast.

I used acrylic and re-inker over an old piece on a cradled wood panel.

Friday, September 6, 2013

More Wabi-Sabi from Linda!

Here are two more wabi-sabi pieces from Linda Kunsman. She's doing a series based on projects in my book. I love how she's using the projects as starting points while creating her own style and switching out some of the materials. If you want to see how she did this piece and the one below it, visit her blog to learn more. Thanks, Linda!

Daisy Fields   5" x 7"

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Reader's Wonderful Wabi-Sabi Art

Reader Linda Kunsman posted the following on her blog recently. Thanks, Linda! I love your piece and am delighted that you made this project your own.

Check out Linda's blog and see her other wonderful work.


  One of the two art technique books I took with me on my beach vacation was Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop by Serena BartonLOVE this book! First of all I love the wabi-sabi (Japanese) theory of  "an approach to life and art that's in harmony with nature, one that values handmade and rustic and recognizes the impermanence of life." Embracing imperfection. That's a good thing. Serena's many techniques and projects provide great springboards in creating your own art using a wide variety of mediums-including cold wax (which I'd never heard of before). There are detailed step outs and product explanations through out, as well as lots of gallery art showcasing these techniques. Also, Serena has chosen the most beautiful haikus which are sprinkled over 120 some pages for further inspiration. Thumbs up!

  This is the first project/technique I pretty much followed on pg. 74:

                                                    Things Both Ancient and Modern (5" x 7")

  Products used: 5 x 7" canvas board; gesso; soft matte gel med.; Yellow Ochre Fluid Acrylic; water soluble crayons; walnut ink; coffee granules; champagne mica flakes; Distress Vintage Photo and Black Soot inks; white mulberry paper; fiber/yarn strand; found object.
  I found that rusty round object on the ground on a walk recently and immediately knew I wanted to work it into this particular project.