Serena Barton Wabi-Sabi Book Blog Hop!

I’m particularly proud to bring this next book to your attention as I was fortunate to be with Serena when it was but an idea that longed to be written in book form. Seeing it go from idea to project to completion brings wonderful satisfaction and pride in my friend Serena Barton.


Meet my ‘little friend’ Serena (you have to come to Art Is You to sit in the special ‘little’ chair lol)

wabi sabi book

The book has seven chapters

1. Looking for Wabi-Sabi and Finding It All Around You
1. Patina of Time: Creating the Effects of Seasoning
3. Strata of Time:Creating Layers of Texture
4. Throw in the Towel: Working with the Unexpected
5. Abstraction from the Real: The Power of Suggestion
6. Translucence: Creating Wabi-Sabi in Wax
7. Buried Treasure: 3-D Wax Art and Other Enhancements

What is Wabi-Sabi you ask? wabi-sabi is the art of embracing imperfection. Perfect for any mixed-media artist! I decided to do a piece of wall art for my home  based off of one of the projects from this book. Here are the stepped out pictures of the progress~


I started off with our favorite brand of instant coffee


Large canvas prepped with airport approach plates for International destinations my hubby travels for work, impasto medium and gesso


Coffee applied to canvas per instructions in the book. I made two circles to echo two cups of coffee, one for my hubby and one for me


Some fibers and mica flakes added



Added some hints of Cobalt Teal


and some light glazes of color to warm it up a bit more.

I’m calling this piece ‘Airmocha’ as that’s a coined phrase my hubby and I use that combines my ‘Got Mocha’ and his ‘Air Flyer’ email addys from before we were married. Our anniversary is next week so this will commemorate our 14th year~

Here are all of the blog hop stops, I hope you’ll check out all of the cool inspiration this book has given us!

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

6/10 Pam Carriker

Make sure to stop by Serena’s blog and leave a comment to be entered to win a piece of Serena’s artwork!