WAWA No.2 & No.3 / Nico's Tips for Designing

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Project by NíccoloJosé posted 10-17-2011 05:54 PM 3185 views 13 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wooden Abstract Wall Art 2 & Wooden Abstract Wall Art 3

8” x 13.5” plus the frame with matting—16” x 20”
Made of rare repurposed old wood with some sawdust
Man hours: 17hours making both simultaneously not including thinking and scratching my head

These are cleaner versions from my original WAWA1. I was able to convince a restaurant to display these two by giving the restaurant 30% of the profit if it gets sold… Someone bought both the next day and I spent all my 70% of the money treating people in the same restaurant.

I am planning to incorporate my WAWAs to my furniture soon.


One of the woodworking masters I admire is Wendell Castle. He has his 10 adopted rules, which I followed for awhile. I came up with my own rules / guidelines in the last few months which has been helpful for me so I thought I share it. I use it to judge a good/bad abstract painting and I also use it in designing original furniture pieces. It should be easy to remember “PERBUSH”

P roption – Does it echo certain shapes in different sizes? (e.g. small square and big square)
E mphasis – Where does your eye begin when you first look at the piece? (e.g. red dot)
R hythm – Are there pathways that lead the eyes of the viewer around? (e.g. lines or neutral colors)
B alance – Did you think about the left side as much as you did about the right side or top and bottom?
U nity – How much variety of shapes & colors are their in the piece that it doesn’t look too much?
S cale – Is it the right size and where do you think of placing/displaying it?
H armony – Are you happy with the overall piece?

What’s interesting with abstract art is that one person can already judge a good abstract art from from a bad one in about 3 second. In those 3 seconds, you were able to think about “PERBUSH” and rate each 1 to 10. Rating depends on a person’s taste so ask other people’s opinion too about “PERBUSH”. Again these are just my tips, you don’t need to use it all the time.

Try “PERBUSH” on my WAWA2 & WAWA3… you might find that you might favor one over the other.

Wendell Castle’s 10 adopted rules of thumb

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#1 posted 10-17-2011 06:27 PM

I like these.
Do you glue all of the pieces to a backer board or just to each other?
I am also curious about the frame and matting, do you have any photos of the completed framed project? I can’t quite picture this in a frame.

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#2 posted 10-17-2011 06:39 PM

I glue all to each other and also to a piece of 1/4 Narra board. Sorry, I do not have photos of it framed. The white on the photos are the actual matting already. The frame I use is just I simple 1” x 2” dark color wood. Double matting could’ve made it look better though. In my opinion, series of their together look better than just a solo piece.

-- Niccolo Jose; Filipino Artist,

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#3 posted 10-17-2011 07:14 PM

very cool

-- Jeffro,knockonwood

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#4 posted 10-17-2011 07:44 PM

very insightful, your right one is more appealing then the other one, and it us up to the individual of which one it is.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 03:54 AM

When I look at the 2, I tend to favor the 2nd one. The angled lines draw my eye to the center of the piece and upward.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 10:18 AM

Beautiful work of art.

-- Jiri

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