Wabi Sabi Painting with Cold Wax: Adding Body, Texture and Transparency to Your Art

Author(s): Serena Barton

a. Drawing & Painting

The ancient philosophy of wabi-sabi honors the imperfect, the transitory and the humble. Cold wax is a perfect vehicle for artists wishing to explore this aesthetic. In this guide, you'll learn how to use this incredibly malleable medium--in combination with oil paint and other mediums--to add layers of texture, atmosphere, depth and meaning to your paintings while developing a more intuitive artistic voice.


No matter what your experience level, learning to paint with cold wax will help you approach your work with confidence and a sense of adventure. You will learn a liberating process of texturing, layering, building up and scraping back to create a fascinating "history of surface." Each piece will be the result of elements converging in a one-time-only way, resulting in fiercely original abstract paintings honoring your own process of self discovery.


Learn Everything You Need to Know to Create With Cold Wax



  • 29 step-by-step demonstrations cover various techniques for working with oil paint and cold wax medium.

  • Explore dozens of mark-making techniques with a variety of tools, most of which can be found in your kitchen or junk drawer.

  • Excavate using various approaches for incising, exposing and scraping away layers.

  • Get inspired as 12 additional artists share their creative processes.


Embrace unexpected turns, discover the beauty in simplicity and lose yourself in the process as you join Serena Barton on this creative and spiritual journey.


Product Information

Serena Barton blends her long career as a Licensed Counselor with her passion for art. Visual art was her first love as a child. Eventually this gave way to theater, then to her work as a counselor and raising children. Serena rediscovered her desire to make art after her first trip to Italy. She taught herself to paint and create mixed-media work in her forties, earning her the right to insist that it is never too late to delve into what inspires us. Serena continues to show and sell her work in galleries and online. Her business, The Art of Your Life, provides creativity/art workshops and individual, couple, and family counseling. Serena teaches classes on women and art in the Women's Studies Program at Portland State University. She lives in Portland, Oregon. In addition to Wabi Sabi Art Workshop (NL, May '13), Serena has also released two DVDs with North Light, Wabi Sabi Art Style Introduction and Inspiration and Wabi Sabi Art Style Hot Wax, Cold Wax and Plaster (NL, both April 2014).

General Fields

  • : 9781440340499
  • : F&W Media, Incorporated
  • : North Light Books
  • : August 2015
  • : 276mm X 210mm X 3mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Serena Barton
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 751.4
  • : 144
  • : 250 colour illustrations