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Mixed Media Prints – Wabi Sabi Inspired


Jul 18, 2018 Mixed Media, Paintings Comments are off

Painting with Dye Ink & Acrylic Glaze Medium

I purchased Serena Barton’s book “Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop” a while back and have been trying out the tutorials she kindly shared in her book. I am quite taken with the idea of Wabi-Sabi, which in its very simplest definition means the acceptance of imperfection. This was quite helpful to me in pursuing my art by allowing myself to let go and be content with the process and outcome.


Remember to click on the photos to get a closer look…

Serena introduced me to the idea of using dye inks mixed with acrylic glaze medium to paint (along with other acrylic paints of course). Specifically, Ranger’s Adirondack Dye Ink Re-inkers was the dye ink she uses. I happen to have a large quantity of them and was thrilled to incorporate them in my mixed media art prints. Unfortunately Ranger Ink no longer makes Adirondack Dye Ink, but I am sure there are many inks on the market that can be used. I plan to experiment with other inks and see what effect I get with them – will keep you posted when I do.


Most of Serena’s tutorials I practiced were painting landscapes. Looks simple enough, but there are so many layers and details that are not apparent in a photo.


Further in the book she introduced many more techniques, design compositions, layering, and textures. I haven’t had a chance to try them all.

Below you will find a few up close photos showing the texture details of some of the prints.

Remember to click on the photos to enlarge them.




I was so inspired by the art I was creating, that I went to Serena’s website and found she was teaching a class in Portland Oregon. That was a few years back now. I remember the classes and the art I created fondly. I am still inspired by her art and keep an eye on her work.

Just thought I would share the inspiration I found in this book. Thanks Serena. There are many books offering motivation and ideas, find yours.  Val

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