Wabi Sabi Blooming

Well hello Gauchettes!

Lara here!

This month’s mood board took me on quite the trip I must admit! So sit back and enjoy the ride …

When i first was meditating on the mood board images, it’s the colors and geometric patterns that really inspired me. My first idea was to use my Gelli Plate to print a couple of papers with the blues and yellows and magentas that were jumping out at me, then cut them into geometric shapes and make some greeting cards. So I pulled out my acrylic paints and Gelli Plate, picked some stencils and textures to honor the geometry of the mood board and begun. Here are the pieces I came up with:

Gelli Prints

The top right print i made a little differently – this was the first print i made which was actually “cleaning” the Gelli Plate from previous sessions. Someday i hope to do a tutorial on this technique as you can get some pretty effin’ fabulous results!

So i cut these papers up and started making different patterns and shapes but was just not feeling it. The last print i pulled after making these was another “clean up print” which ended up guiding the rest of the project after i lost the passion i had for my original idea. I revisited the mood board and this time the flowers and peacefulness of the colors jumped out at me. The other thing that jumped out at me is the idea of Wabi Sabi. Something my art has been described to be before, although i’ve never aspired to actually create something with that in mind.

If you don’t know what Wabi Sabi is I urge you to pinterest it post haste! Here’s a brief description from Wikipedia:

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” … 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.

This is what came out of that meditation:

Be Always Blooming

A 12″ x 14″ wood canvas!

You might notice the same colors in the Gelli Prints on the paper from the clean up :) So we still got the mood board colors represented! I decided to tear out the window hole to represent decay and place the flower in the center since decay often gives way to new beauty. To frame the flower pin (found at a flea market for $1!) i took a small embroidery hoop and painted it with crackle paste, inks and sprays.


To finish of the frame i cut up some punchinella i’ve used as stencils in the past so they were nice and discolored. I also used duct tape and screws around the edges to pull the frame together.


Go check out some Wabi Sabi stuff …  and like the flowers of the world … keep on bloomin’ baby!


  1. Lara, this is truly very cool! I am digging the Wabi Sabi art- thank you so much for sharing it and your process!
    Jackie “)

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