Moleskine: Wabi Sabi

“It is amazing how complete
is the delusion that beauty is goodness.”
Leo Tolstoy

A lot of random things wind up in my journal, things that start as other things, like drawing or painting practice. So it's not that I paint lines with my journal as the target or goal - I just paint lines. They might wind up in my journal - or part of a collage - or might lead to something else altogether.

That's the story of the "wabi-sabi sunshine" on the left side of these pages. I wrote words a few weeks ago on loose bristol paper with a dip pen and black india ink. These phrases fluttered after one another like found poetry, and seemed fitting for this page. I don't pretend to understand this concept, but I find it intriguing.

Architect Tadao Ando describes wabi-sabi as, "It's the peace found in a moss garden, the musty smell of geraniums, the astringent taste of powdered green tea."

These pages include things like washi tape, little hand-drawn mandalas, circles painted with J. Herbin Vert Pre ink {top side of right page... gorgeous ink, by the way}, magazine clippings, japanese papers and an index card stamped with a hand-carved eraser stamp.