Mixed Media Wabi-sabi
with CFree

Thursday, March 31, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wabi-sabi, what it is:

Wabi-sabi represents Japanese aesthetics and a Japanese world view centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete". It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanencesuffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature.

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetryasperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

Most wabi sabi examples on line tend toward monochromatic and or earth tones.  You may do this or pick somewhat brighter or pastel colors. Bring the colours you want in the mediums of your choice.  For this class you will need to bring two mediums (as it is a mixed media class).  The combining of different mediums and elements can create a freeing affect that comes through in the art.  The possibilities are many but a couple of examples might be:
  • acrylics and black india ink 
  • or charcoal and watercolor
Its nice to have contrast so i would not use pencil and black charcoal for instance. If you are bringing colors i would limit it to no more than 3.  

Please bring the following supplies
  • 2 different mediums (minimum). You can bring more but 2 is the minimum with the corresponding tools like brushes, etc. 
  • Acrylic medium matte
  • Canvas or wood panel (depending on your mediums) not too big.  (Perhaps 10 x12 or something similar).
  • Sand paper fine grit
  • White or off white (depending on color scheme) tissue paper (1 piece)
  • Paint brushes (at least one for applying matte medium)
  • Black art marker or calligraphy pen, etc
  • Sea sponge (they are the brown natural sponges) cosmetic or cleaning ones wont do the trick I'm afraid.
  • White gesso
Please try to bring one or more of the following or something similar. As we are aiming for imperfection think cracked, torn, worn, broken or somehow distressed.
  • Leaves dried
  • Twigs
  • Dried pressed flowers or petals
  • Flat bark
  • Pieces of old ripped lace
  • Worn black and white or discolored photos (have any of those yellowed 70s pictures?
  • Old book pages
  • Old letters
  • Old music sheet
  • Old magazine photo
  • Piece of burlap
  • A word or two perhaps, from old newspaper headings, menus, ads, etc
  • Darning needle and embroidery yarn (black is quite effective but it depends on your palette).
Please do not bring erasers, but instead bring your unbridled enthusiasm and curiosity as we are aiming for imperfection.  Like Vegas... what happens on your canvas stays on your canvas. 😉

Due to severe allergies we request that attendees do no wear perfume or cologne to the workshop.  Thanks for helping us keep this a safe place to play for all!

Non-Member drop in fee is $10.

Please RSVP Sharron MacBride at macbride.sharron@gmail.com OR use the below form if you are planning to attend so we can configure the studio space accordingly.

    RSVP Form



Elizabeth Eakin
03/31/2016 1:54pm

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