I used various patinas, torn paint and splattered paint to achieve a rustic and imperfect piece. Some wabi-sabi art prompts could be: rust, patina, peeling paint, torn papers, stained fabrics, old worn books, or chipped and broken items.
First, I created an imperfect painting surface using an acrylic sculpting medium to paint base layers onto a board. I love how textured this looks. I alternated layers of gel medium and the sanding back of areas until I had the look and texture I wanted. It reminds me of layers of peeling paint.
I wanted to give the piece an aged and dirty look. I achieved this by rubbing graphite paper into all the nooks and crannies of the textured background.
Next, I added bits of torn paper.
The last thing I did was drip and splatter black and white paint over the painting.
The wonderful thing about trying a wab-sabi art piece is to be reminded that, sometimes, imperfection is simply... perfection!