i am thrilled to share that i am part of serena barton’s blog hop for her new FANTASTIC book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop: Mixed Media Techniques for Embracing Imperfections and Celebrating Happy Accidents.  first, here is a list to the other participants in the blog hop with links to their blogs where you can read additional reviews and interviews (since i’m towards the end of the hop, you get to do yourself a bit of time-traveling to read the other posts, if you haven’t done so already):

6/1: Sara Naumann
6/3: Jill Berry
6/4: Carol Sloan
6/5: Liz Kettle
6/6: Joanne Sharpe
6/8: Seth Apter
6/9: Alicia Caudle —> (that’s me) you are here now
6/10: Pam Carriker

wabi-sabi art by serena barton

i received my copy of wabi-sabi art workshop a few weeks ago and immediately i did what i always do: i flipped through each of the pages, one by one, to absorb all of the gorgeous imagery.  then, unlike usual, i went through and looked at all of the art and imagery a second and third time.  this book is gorgeous and definitely among my top small handful of favorites!  on my fourth pass, i read it through from cover to cover.  i definitely highly recommend this book and highly suggest you pick up a copy for yourself.  i know you will love it too!

one of my favorite things about this book, aside from serena’s beautiful art, is the fact that i really enjoy her encouragement to her readers to allow our inventiveness to take lead when creating artwork.  i also really like that each of the pieces presented in this book have a list of products and techniques used.

each section of wabi-sabi art workshop is laid out beautifully and eloquently, some of them being: looking for wabi-sabi, creating effects, creating layers of texture, working with the unexpected (this is one of my favorite chapters), and additional sections on wax and 3d objects.  i will admit that i am not the type of person to read an art book and try an exercise in it (i’ve actually never done that previously) but right now i feel extremely inspired to try some of the wonderful techniques laid out in this book.  today, i’m doing a wabi-sabi style piece because it feels like something i would immensely enjoy.  i also love that most of the products used in this book are things i already have on-hand, so it will make for such a fun day to use these familiar art ingredients in a new way.

wabi-sabi art by serena barton

another one of my favorite things about this book is that serena shares many mediums and techniques for creating wab-sabi style art (such as using acrylics, encaustics, cold wax, 3d objects, collage, ink, etc.) rather than just a single technique to achieve the effects.

serena’s blog for the book can be found here
and the book can be purchased from amazon here
or you can purchase a signed copy directly from serena here
companion chapters to her book, once you’ve purchased it, can be found here: http://www.createmixedmedia.com/wabi-sabi

and here is a secret: serena is the featured artist in the next issue of the altered bits art zine, which i am extremely/grossly behind in publishing — i love serena and have for a great many years!  she is a fellow portlander too so i’ve had the immense pleasure of meeting her and spending a lovely sunday afternoon at the flea market with her.  after reading her book, i really want to get together for an art date!  (hint, hint, serena!)

wabi-sabi art by serena barton

and now for the give-away!

leave a comment on serena’s wabi-sabi blog HERE and tell her what you’re working on now for a chance to win an original piece of her stunning art.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A NEW LINK TO A NEW GIVE-AWAY so if you entered before, enter again.  🙂

have a happy and creative day!

please note: all three art pieces in this post are copyrighted pieces by serena barton.