Specialty Papers: A Wabi-Sabi Art Demonstration

(This tutorial was previously published in Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop by Serena Barton copyright 2013. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

I go wild when I visit my local paper store. It’s so hard to choose just a few of the hundreds of papers available. I tend to go for papers with rich, muted color and interesting texture for wabi-sabi pieces. If I see a more elaborate design I want to use, I’ll use only a small amount of it in one of my pieces. I get just as excited by the vintage papers available at flea markets and secondhand stores. In this chapter, I show you how to use some of my favorite papers for wabi-sabi work. These include lace paper and dress pattern paper. A touch of PanPastel adds interest and depth to this project.

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Materials Needed

  • Pre-gessoed wood panel
  • acrylic paint- buff, red, blue-green
  • specialty paper
  • paper towels
  • Neocolor II crayon-black
  • sponge
  • water
  • paintbrushes
  • re-inker-denim
  • rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
  • PanPastels- gray and sienna

step 1

1.Coat a gessoed or ungessoed wood panel with Buff paint. Add three pieces of a lacy specialty paper in a way that suggests a rock formation.

step 2

2. Add bright red paint over the Buff paint and lacy paper and wipe. Add a little blue-green paint to the upper part of the piece.  Add Buff over the paint to soften it, if necessary.

Step 3

3. Use a Neocolor II crayon to add handwritten text in the area where the Buff and blue paints meet.

step 4

4. Sponge lightly over the text with Buff paint.

step 5

5. Mix bright red paint with a little water and spatter over the lower portion of your piece.

step 6

6. Brush Denim re-inker near the bottom of the rock formation.

step 7

7. Spray rubbing alcohol on the top third of the painting and blot it.

step 8

8. Rub gray and sienna PanPastels into various areas of the piece. Finish the piece by adding additional layers of paint and PanPastels.  Rub in and scrape back until you are satisfied with the results.

Wabi-Sabi Wisdom
Go ahead and keep it simple when you want to create lots of layers and when you want to use several techniques in one piece. The color and texture you’ll create will make even a simple design rich and interesting.

(This tutorial was previously published in Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop by Serena Barton copyright 2013. It is republished here courtesy of CreateMixedMedia.com and North Light Books.)

W8061_wabisabi-cov.inddTo learn more about Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop click here.

You might also like the Painting with Re-Inkers technique, also from Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop.

 

For more on Serena Barton, read her artist profile. Or visit her website, SerenaBarton.com

 

 

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