Today’s explorations.

I am investigating the use of verdigris on paper. Ancient manuscripts used verdigris for colouring illuminations. These papers are stained with tea first, and then with verdigris. I know that verdigris will continue to degrade the paper (as with rust). We will see. I have coated these with wax which may inhibit degradation.



My other investigation this week was the effect of coloured wax on paint colour cards. Lots of potential there for combinations of colour. The cards are from Reverse Garbage in Marrickville.


Wabi Sabi

Wabi Sabi.  Tea, rust on Japanese paper.
Wabi Sabi. Tea, rust on Japanese paper.

I discovered some references to Wabi Sabi recently. The term seems to convey things that I am interested in expresssing in my work.

Wabi-sabi  represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. Read about it here.

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

Rust and Tea. Monotype on Japanese Paper
Rust and Tea. Monotype on Japanese Paper