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BORO/Wabi Sabi: The Japanese Spirit of Collage - 2 Day Class

Donna Watson
9:00 - 4:30
Sunday & Monday

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$ 325  

Wabi sabi is the Japanese art of impermanence. This Japanese aesthetic is a beauty of things imperfect, imperfect and incomplete... rustic, earthy, simple, textured, and organic. Boro is a Japanese word meaning "tattered rags" and used to describe patched clothing and bedding. Today, Boro articles of clothing are considered national treasures. Boro embodies the Japanese aesthetic of wabi sabi. Instead of fabric, we will used hand painted rice papers. On the first day, artists will make their own collage papers in the tradition of Boro, using paint, rice papers, rubber stamps, stamping tools and stencils. On the second day, the artist will learn simple compositions and design elements based on Zen tenets like balance and harmony. Artists will recreate this "boro" effect by placing their own papers 'quilt-like' onto cards, tags, boxes or small collages. They will return home feeling blessed by Buddha.

Supplies Needed for Class:Paint: acrylics- tubes - black, white and 4+ colors of your choice (fluid acrylics do not work well with these techniques)
Brushes: one cheap flat brush for gluing
Matte medium: small jar Acrylic Matte Medium for gluing
Spray water bottles (1): filled with water
Brayer: Two- 2”- 3 rubber brayers (soft is best… not hard and not sponge)
Gelli - Gel printing plate: 8”x10”
White plastic trash bags - 1-2 - large to dry papers on
Surfaces for collage: must be white or off white — anything is welcome
suggestions: journal pages, watercolor paper, illustration board, can-vas or cradled wood… ALL 8”x10” or smaller. Bring 4-6 of these for col-lages
I highly recommend that if canvas or wood supports are used, they be painted with white gesso before the workshop

Water container, palette (can be paper palette pad or paper plates),
paper towels
Gloves - rubber disposable ones

Optional: scissors, rubber stamps with stamp pads, stencils, stamping tools, found papers, other washi papers

INSTRUCTOR WILL HAVE PACKETS OF JAPANESE WASHI PAPERS AVAILABLE FOR US$15.00…as most of these washi papers will be difficult to find

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