Good Morning Sunshine! In the studio.

These Shibui Found Image Art foundations are made by using India Ink and water. I use a brush to drip, drop, spatter___but in these image I have take a water filled clean brush, then made stroke of water on the surface of the Strathmoore Water Color paper, a favorite paper. What I like about it is that it holds water well, for the amount of wetness I wish to have. You can see where its wet easily in the light. The paper has a nice thickness. You will need to take care when you work with the pastel pencils because over working will bring the rag of the paper up. If this should happen with care it can be worked down. I wont go into this too much yet, only to say Neocolors II are more waxy, and a touch can help glue down a small lift. Removing a small lift of rag and then working it again sometime solves the issue. Using a lighter touch when layer is best.
The lighter grey happens with bloating. I particularly love the first India Ink foundation. It appears I bloated then dropped India Ink so it would spread. (in a circle in the first image). This second image has dark areas that I believe are made with the tip of a brush in the wet.
This image also has dropped ink that becomes wonderful flower! This image has been worked into a more competed state.
Once confident with the image, you can begin working in shadows, remember to keep your light source in the same place! With this image the color is just amazing, and glossy. I do keep point sharp to work in tight areas. My goal is to create a 3D affect, dimensional. Not this has nothing to draw you beyond into a back ground. When matted Shibui pop, looking stunning. Black frames usually are the best. BUT! I have been fooled once! An image wanted to work best with a green mat and frame.
I love to hide things in my Shibui. In this you will find a foot print.
Remember I am following the outer edges of what is there, keeping to this, then working with intentional lines, and at times Shubui like shape by using small brushes. Though not in this Shibui. Not all things are complete lines that make something, sometimes they end. I like to end a line by lifting the pen at the last moment. Sometimes a line wont write, and this means carefully going over it, sometime it is like the Micron pen or the fountain pen is possessed, in this case if a line does not look as all other do, nice an smoothly made___ (you can have a thicker line as a result of trying to fix the line.) Design work helps cover these, you can not erase with a Shibui. Darkening the base of trees or other things grounds them in the image.
See how the shading works with this apple. This is what you want with your Shibui.
And this kind of shading. I use Indigo blue, a dark green and if I want an area to go darker still black, go over these, and I use a blender pencil to deepen colors. And to glue a rag down before it pulls up. (When it is in the threatening stage. )
When it comes to how long your shadows are to be, work then outward from the base of the object with lighter layers. With pastels mixing colors/using 2 to 3 to make your darkest dark works, for example the indigo, green and black I mentioned.

Nothing is pre-drawn when it comes to Shibui, boom! It’s there! And you have jumped into the process! But! A successful realistic illusion wont be made without imagining a foundation. Consistency for shading the over all image will be important.

Being consistent with shadings is what helps flowers to pop and branches to bend. all over the 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


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