The Wabi Sabi Art Journal


6 Week Class (Total 9 hrs.)
January 22 – February 26, 2022
Saturdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm (PST)
Live Zoom Class (Non-Zoomer option also available)

Wabi Sabi is a Japanese philosophy that believes beauty can be found in what is naturally imperfect, aged and weathered. In this class, you will be creating and customizing your own handmade art journal from scratch using the tab hinge bookbinding method (no stitching needed!). Then through a variety of mixed media techniques such as texturizing, collaging, asemic writing, mark making and acrylic applications, you will transform your journal pages into abstract art that captures the feel of Wabi Sabi. In this class, you will also be creating your own unique and rich collage materials. We will cover a variety of techniques such as Gelli printing, fabric paper, painted cheesecloth and more. Color mixing knowledge a plus but not required. Adults 18+

Below is a list of materials you will need for this class.

If you are unable to make any of the classes, no worries, I will be recording each session so they will be available for later viewing during the duration of the class, plus a week after the class has ended.

This class is available to take as a Non-Zoomer Option (See below for more information).

Please select “Attend Live” OR “Non-Zoomer” option below before adding this workshop to your cart.

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Materials You Will Need

  • 12 x 18 in. 140 lb. watercolor paper (Final journal size will be 9 x 9 in.)
  • 9 x 12 in. 70 lb. Drawing Paper (or 8 1/2 x 11 in. regular printer paper)
  • Scoring Tool (butter knife, bone scorer, Kemper Double Ball Stylus Embossing Tools)
  • Opaque Watercolor (OR regular Watercolor tubes)
  • Acrylic paints
  • Gesso (white)
  • Matte Medium
  • Crafter’s Pick The Ultimate OR Book Binding Glue
  • Tissue Paper (and/or sewing pattern tissue)
  • Embroidery Floss (Craft Cord) & Needle
  • Cheesecloth
  • Muslin Fabric or Cotton Quilting Fabric – 1/4 yard should be enough
  • Fabric Scraps
  • Colored pencils, gelly roll pens, ultra fine sharpie or Pigma Micron
  • Paint brushes (variety of sizes & styles, doesn’t have to be expensive brushes)
  • Cup for water
  • Hairdryer
  • Spray bottle for water
  • Variety of mark making tools (Sea sponges, credit card, putty spreader, palette knives, old worn out paint brush, twine, branches, leaves, etc)
  • Gelli Plate & Brayer
  • Handmade papers (Washi, Mulberry, etc) Black Ink Scrap Pack
  • Xacto-knife, paper trimmer, or scissors 
  • Ruler/Straight Edge
  • Saran Wrap or Silicon Mat
  • Painters Tape 
  • Putty Spreader
  • Palette Knife

Non-Zoomer Option

Non-Zoomer Option
Do you feel overwhelmed by the thought of using Zoom? Don’t have a computer with video & audio? Or you just would prefer not to attend an online class live?
No worries. I realize that the whole tech stuff can be a huge learning curve for many and can be overwhelming. It’s more important to me that this class is available to everyone on different levels, so you have a Non-Zoomer Option to take this class.

Email Recordings: You don’t need to attend any of the Zoom classes LIVE, but instead you have the option to take the class by watching the recordings that will be emailed to you after each class has ended. You will receive all the same PDFs of lessons and instructions. You will also be able to email me with any questions about the project and techniques. Recordings will be available for viewing online for the duration of the class, plus a week after the last class has ended. 

“ I participated in Lisa’s Wabi Sabi class as a “Non-Zoomer” and for me it couldn’t have been more successful. I work from home in the company of two noisy dogs. Not a good prescription for a Zoom class. I found that participating as a Non-Zoomer, more than met my needs. I was able to enjoy each of the classes on my own time and at my own pace. 

Lisa’s communication skills in introducing the materials available to assemble our collages, and her demonstrations on how to apply the materials used, left no question unanswered.
The Wabi Sabi class was very inspirational and it was Lisa’s teaching skills that made it such a success. Thank You! – Patricia

Online Workshop Cancellation & Refund Policy

This class is not confirmed unless a minimum of 5 attendees sign-up. A full refund is provided for cancellations made up to 5 days before online class begins. If cancellation is received after 5 days prior to the starting date, a $20 processing fee will be retained. Sorry no refunds once the class has begun. We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule a workshop/class if required. Should this happen, you would have the choice of a refund or transferred to a future workshop/class of your choice.

First Time Taking a Live Online Class

Getting Into the Classroom
A few hours before each class session on the day of, you will receive an email from me with the Zoom link along with a password to get in. In order to maintain security, each class session will have a new link/password sent out before class.

When you click on the link, you will automatically enter a waiting room. When I am notified you have arrived, I will let you into the room.

Make sure to use your real name (or something close to it) so that I can recognize you from the roster.

For security reasons, I will not allow anyone into the classroom I don’t recognize from the roster. So, if you have a different Zoom sign-in name, please make sure to let me know prior to the class beginning.

You can also watch the below video on how to join a meeting/classroom in Zoom

What Device To Use
It is recommended you attend the class either using a desktop/laptop computer or a tablet. Using a cellphone will make it difficult to view details on the screen. Especially when I’m demonstrating. Although many students have managed to use their cell phones. It is a personal preference.

Missing A Class Session
I like to make sure everyone is in the classroom before I begin. Out of courtesy to your fellow class mates, please let me know a head of time if you are unable to make the class, so that we are not waiting for your arrival to begin.

Also let me know if you think you will be late for class.

Class Recordings
Each class session will be recorded so you will be able to watch the recording should you miss a class. Class recordings are also helpful if you missed anything during the class. The recordings will be available for viewing during the duration of the class and a week after the last class session.

A link to the class recording will be emailed out to everyone a few hours after the class has ended.

Sorry, due to the size of the video files, I am unable to keep the recordings available indefinitely.

Showing Me Your Work in Process
Since I will not be able to see your work area, if you would like to share your work in process, you can take a picture with your cell phone or mobile device and then text it to me. I will provide a number you can use prior to class starting.

Be Aware of Background Noise
Although Zooming is a fun online experience, it can also magnify background noise on your end. Try to be aware of any noise that you might have in the background like a crying puppy, television or music, cell phone, etc. If you have a lot of background noise, make sure to mute yourself. I may also mute you if I think a lot of noise is coming from your end.

If attending the class with a cell phone or tablet, we tend to brush up against the mic on our devices while adjusting placement. Make sure to mute yourself while you’re doing this.

Asking Me Questions
Once the class begins, I sometimes mute everyone to avoid background noise. So if you have a question, always double check that you are unmuted.