More Shibui Found Image Art.

What else can you do with a Shibui foundation? The answer is texture! Blotting, and bleeding tint into the surface of the paper. Having fun with Shibui. I will begin by showing you un-worked foundations. Perhaps you will find something there?

What you see here is course salt sprinkled on the surface of Strathmoore watercolor paper. The kosher salt has not been scraped. When I do scrape I make sure the wet medium is totally dry. I use the flat edge of a large plastic triangle or a long rectangle sewing ruler.

What do you find here? When a foundation is turned each time the view is different, and different things are found. The mind seeks to find what’s there intrinsically. The mind loves to solve the puzzle of what is there! It is like finding something in the clouds or in a stain, and then completing it with imagination and intentional marks and lines, apply techniques that will make it change from 2D to 3D, and become an an abstract, surreal or reality based work of art. All illusion create through a problem solving process. The foundation will tell the Shibuiest its rules of its creative process. Shibui is instinctual. It brings out the kid in you as much as the serious artist.

From my art education I did learn many things I had not by simply being the artist. More was brought into my tool box. The kinds of things that when coupled with my other interest such as psychology and art therapy, neuroscience, understand the brain/mind____an important part in the healing process is how the mind works during the creative process. This makes me curious about what would make art work better? Are there insights. As a part of creating Shibui I do research to help answer the questions I have. It may be that there are answers that matter, and perhaps some wont matter. But if we never look at the whole picture we wont make art therapy be something more.

There are things we do know such people do respond to color! And we know that without light we would not see color. We know that everyone sees color differently in various hues. Some people can’t see color at all.

Watching What The Bleep We Don’t Know gave fuel to my fire. I watched how the mind and body worked. In part my theory is that the mind works a lot like the word association game, where you say a word and each person in the group responds, and according to what is said your mind takes you there. Being “there” however is based on who someone uniquely is because we all experience during each age and stage of life and we file away that information. When we create art, Shibui___ we tap into the information of the mind.

There is a difference when we use Shibui than if we were to create from what we see before us. This difference I feel is significance. Shibui relies on imagination/the mind. What we see is just that a copy of what we want to record of what we are looking at.

When you create Shibui you are not choosing from a list of known emotions. Your not looking to express an emotion. Your creating what you find. This keeps the person in the pleasure zone longer. The individual is focusing in on finding and creating what he or she has found. Its making choices. The process of creating Shibui does not allow the mind to wander into other thoughts but instead holds the attention of the individual.

As an art therapy tool Shibui should help certain forms of brain damage, disorders, and neurological. issues. I need to understand this to write about it for the sake of instructors. They will need to understand the people they are helping if they are not art therapist, but work with them or a facility. Knowing how to how to respond to a student with certain needs is important. Working with a facility and art therapist is recommended. This said if people use it as an original art form, it will also benefit them because of what it is.

This image has been scrapped of its kosher salt,enhanced by pastel pencils by adding color, and by finding what was there. The edges of what were there were followed precisely as the happened. My imagination found what seems to be a female goddess of some kind. There is an organic feel to here. I chose not to create an eye, but let her be naturally a Shibui. Next to here, I saw a plant that had leaves and flowers. The darker wet medium the ground or dirt. I had discovered that the salt continued to grow, like Jack Frost on a window.

Action art comes from randomness. It is chaos! We are a part of the process because we are the ones doing the action. That action is unique to us. We can do things with a degree of intention, but we have no control over how wet medium lands on the Reeves BFK or Strathmoore paper. We can position our bodies and the chaos is affected by where we stand, how close we are and what we use for medium, and implements.

When we tip or turn the page to create runs___we can not control all of what happens. We create possibilities. We may know the wet run will go in a certain direction, if we tip the paper up or in a different direction it will go that way. We can blow the wet medium. But it goes till it stops where ever it does. Even running a string through a wet medium. The string does as it will according to what it is. If it has one loose strand it will do something different than if it is whole. Often what we try becomes a variable in the creative process.

Blotting a wet area. The only thing we control is how we put the absorbing material down. What happens under it, that is still random and according to the action taken and the medium used.

This has not been scraped of its Kosher salt.
Pretty wild! I have no idea yet! I used water and a brush for the shape. Then bled watercolor into the strokes. The medium is watercolor, black India Ink dropped from a height, and kosher salt.
Un-scraped Shibui. India Ink, watercolor, a bit of white gauche in the yellow.
No salt. Just bleeding and blotting.
This is a fun one! What do you find in this?
India Ink. What’s here? I like how you can move into this one.
When it comes to finding what’s there you create what you find where it is!
The edges of the watercolor are the edges of what is found, and you elaborate on it. The things found can have such simplicity. Yet when done they are delicate and very complex.
It is a great deal of fun! Not the pooling ink, what happened when it dried.

Series can be formed. This is one of three.
In this one I made an impression, can you find it? I love hiding things in my Shibui.

By Pejj Nunes

I live in Southern Maine. I am the owner of Anisette Studios. My website is Here you can view and purchase Shibui, sign up for my newsletters, blog, and read articles about Shibui Found Image Art. Patrons get great deals several times a year and special items at times. My site makes it easy to contact me. My primary art form is Shibui Found Image Art. Shibui begins with action art and stems from the imagination. It is like seeing something in the clouds or solving a puzzle. Its creative process has its own rules and requires what I call reverse engineering due to a lack of an understructure and purely out of the imagination. In addition to those who patron me, my target groups are those who use art therapy. I will soon be teaching live. Contact me if you would like to learn live. I use Zoom. I request that although my art, other images, and what I write is now published by me here on WordPress; I do ask you do not to use my artwork, poetry, or the information about Shibui Found Image Art without my permission. I am quite available to make such requests. I wish to share the following: The existentialist philosopher Simone de Beauvoir wrote a book called The Ethics of Ambiguity. In it, she lays out a guiding ethic in response to the philosophy of existentialism. It might be somewhat familiar to you already. She writes, “To will oneself free is also to will others free. This will is not an abstract formula. It points out to each person concrete action to be achieved.” Best wishes to all! Have good times and keep safe! Pejj


  1. Hi Pejj
    I’m finding your Shibui work fascinating. I’ve made similar works of art in my sketchbook but had no idea it had a name. I love laying down watercolour and then finding interesting shapes. Most of my pieces have flowers and foliage but I have found some quirky animal shapes. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work. Carol

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    1. I began doing what I do in 2011, and gave it that name at the time. It was splosh works first. I began developing it to be used as an original art form and art therapy tool. I teach people to instruct in it or use it as art therapy. I teach the foundation and they can take it from there. I run a control group on facebook. I learn from others doing Shibui. The development has helped me to build on and describe techniques. I am working on an instruction book. I want artist and art therapist to use what I have learned to help people heal mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally. We need healing now. I encourage artist to learn the business end of art too. Shibui helps because it is problem solving. This is my website, a bit more there. Best wishes! What I have done is taken an idea, and finessed it.

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