Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic. This Japanese aesthetic is a beauty of things imperfect, incomplete and impermanent…rustic, earthy, simple, textured, and organic. Wabi Sabi is deeply connected to nature, the passage of time and cycle of life and
seasons. On the first morning, everyone will go out into nature to collect leaves, sticks, rocks, shells… and are even invited to bring nature collections from home. They will then hand paint Japanese washi (provided by the instructor) papers using nature as stencils to mimic the patterns and textures found outside. They can also use rubber stamps, stamping tools, and stencils. On the second day, the artist will learn simple compositions and design elements to create collages. On the 3rd day they can continue with collage OR templates and tag board will be provided to make a box with a lid to hold some of their nature collections as well as an accordion style book, with tags. Our connection to nature will be complete.
For more information about Donna Watson go to her website:
www.donnawatsonart.com or email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supplies Needed for Class:
Gelli Plate: 8”x10”
Tubes of acrylic paint, black and white PLUS 4+ colors of your choice
(fluid acrylics do not work well with these techniques)
Brush: one cheap flat brush for gluing
Matte Medium: small jar of acrylic matte medium for gluing
Spray Water bottle: 1 filled with water
Brayers: two - 2-3” rubber brayers (soft is best.. not hard and not
Plastic trash bag: 1-2 - to dry painted papers on
Water container, palette (can be paper palette or paper plates)
gloves, rubber disposable ones
Surfaces for collage: white or off white — suggestions: journal pages,
watercolor paper, illustration board, canvas or cradled wood ..
10”x10” or smaller (8”x8” or 8”x10”) bring 4-6 for collage
Collections from nature: leaves, sticks, small rocks, flowers, seed pods
Optional for collages: scissors, rubber stamps with stamp pads, sten-cils, stamping tools, found papers, other washi papers
Instructor will have packets of Japanese washi papers available for US$15… as most of these washi papers are difficult to find.
OPTIONAL supply list for folded boxes and books
All of the above plus:
Bone folder, hole puncher, glue sticks 3-4, scissors, ruler, x-actor knife
needle, strings, plus leaves, sticks etc
optional: beads, feathers, rusty metal objects, whatever can be collected
Many of the required supplies may be pre-ordered from Artistic Artifacts. They will be ready and waiting for you to pick up when you arrive at the retreat.
To order supplies, contact Artistic Artifacts.