Collage and the Spirit of Wabi Sabi with Donna Watson, June 13 & 14

Collage and the Spirit of Wabi Sabi with Donna Watson, June 13 & 14



Wabi Sabi is a Japanese aesthetic which appreciates the beauty of things imperfect, incomplete and impermanent... rustic, earthy, simple, textured, and organic...all based on our connection to nature and the effects of the passage of time, cycles of life, weather. You will learn about wabi sabi tenets and Japanese design elements and how they can be used in creating collages. On the first day, I will demonstrate how to hand paint (using acrylic paints) Japanese papers, washi papers like tengucho and kinwashi. I will supply many of these papers. You will then hand paint your papers using paint, stencils, stamps and stamping tools. Rust and tea techniques will also be introduced. Then I will introduce simple compositions, design elements and principles and tips for creating your own collages. You will get lots of one on one attention and go home with a number of collages and ideas on how to continue in your studio.

Required Supplies:

  • 4-6 tubes of heavy body acrylics- colors of choice

  • two 4" soft brayers

  • cheap small brush

  • small jar matte medium,

  • 8"x10" gelli plate

  • paper palette

  • plastic trash bag

  • water container

  • scissors

  • paper towels

  • wood-canvas-paper supports 8"x10"

OPTIONAL: collage papers

Materials fee, if any.: $15.00, cash or check payable to the instructor on the first day of the workshop.


Donna Watson is a mixed media painter and collage artist for 35 years. Her works have been accepted into many juried national and international exhibitions and has received many awards. She has extensive experience as a workshop instructor all over the U.S, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Her works have been widely published in art magazines and numerous books including MASTERS:COLLAGE. Donna’s Website:

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