Mar 122012
 
Greek Isles (12" Square) Washi Paper Mosaic

Greek Isles (12" Square) Washi Paper Mosaic

When I first began creating my Washi creations, I called my medium “Washi Collage.” I found I was not getting accepted into events I applied for, and of course, no reason is given.

I assumed it was photo quality and set to work learning to create better images.

My acceptance rate increased a bit, but not as much as I wanted. To get a better idea of why, I began visiting the events I did not get into with an eye towards what the successful vendors were doing, who was there, etc. What I found was not what I expected.  Continue reading »

Mar 102012
 
 

Dragonflies (8"x10") Washi Paper Mosaic

Dragonflies (8"x10") Washi Paper Mosaic

Dragonflies shows a lot more contrast than its cousin Meander (14×18″) does, with less subtle transitions from the dark black with gold Kanji outer layer to the lighter blue dragonflies washi paper closer to the center. I enjoy the way the dragonflies are highlighted; it is both soothing to view from a distance and whimsical to examine up close, whether the dragonflies are more evident. This “Eclipse” style is meant to pull the eye, as well as one’s awareness, inward, to mesmorize and to invite the viewer to linger.

Mar 082012
 
 

Small Tribe (8"x10") Washi Paper Mosaic

(8"x10") Washi Paper Mosaic


Small Tribe
, and its big brother Tribal (11×14) popped into my head one day, fully formed, crying out to be created and begging for black glitter. This piece was completed with only two patterned black, gold and white Washi Papers as opposed to the usual five to seven. The two papers are very nearly the same pattern, with the colors reversed. As one of the few pieces boasting black glitter, it is simple and yet powerful.

Mar 082012
 
Blossoms (8" x10") Washi Paper Mosaic

Blossoms (8" x10") Washi Paper Mosaic

Blossoms is named for the cluster of blossoms found at its center. I used only four washi papers on this piece, highlighting the salmon colors. When I complete a piece in my “Eclipse,” I feel almost compelled to finish the center with solid white. This piece stands apart from most with its washi paper of salmon and a sprinkling of white blossoms. As with other “Eclipse” pieces, I long to pull the viewers’ gaze and awareness inward, to mesmorize and to invite the eyes to linger.

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