The Fabric of My Life

May Theme
Touchy Feely (Texture)
Week May 2-Week 18
Art Challenge:  Fabric
Journal Prompt:  The Fabric of Your Life

What is the fabric of my life?  I had to sit and really think about this. What is it made of, what is the foundation? What does it look like? What binds it together?  A recurrent theme for me this week has been the idea of HOPE in a world that seems to have lost control; riots in the USA (Baltimore), disaster in Nepal, unrest in the Middle East, to name a few.  I worry that although social media makes access to information faster and easier, at the same time it replaces our connectivity to one another in a physical way.  In difficult times when one just doesn't seem to understand, isn't it nice to know that we are "bound" to others through our actions, our thoughts, our prayers, and our love and not just through a text or a message on Facebook.  Our impact on others is part of our fabric - our composition - our constitution.

For this week's challenge I wanted to illustrate my sentiment using an ancient Chinese myth I once heard.  There are many versions of this myth, but I love the meaning behind this particular interpretation.

I created a background using several shades of acrylic and applied them with my brayer and a baby wet wipe, blending the colors, but not too much.  Using my palette knife, I smeared on some white gesso into the wet acrylic and scratched through it leaving marks and ridges.

Using my trusty Blackwing pencil {it has super dark, thick lead} I roughly sketched in the corners of the pages and used a dip pen and Black Magic india ink for my lettering.  Every time my nib hit a ridge or bump in the paint, the ink would splotch.  But I'm proud of myself . . . I embraced it.

For my "fabric," I used bright red embroidery floss and "glued" it around the page using gel medium.  I also sealed the whole page with the gel medium to protect the string and make sure it was coated well and would stay put.

And here's my finished page . . . I sorta love it.

There’s an ancient Chinese myth about the Red Thread of Destiny. It says we are connected by an invisible red thread to all of those people we are destined to touch in some way. This thread may stretch or tangle, but it wil never break.

Here's hoping that we all "touch" each other in a real and positive way.  You never know what one small act or gesture could mean to someone else or how you could change the course of their day {or life}.  Our featured artist this week is someone who did just that for me a few years ago.  She literally altered my course. 

In May of 2010 I attended Brave Girls Camp and forged a friendship with Melody Ross and her sister Kathy Wilkins that is remarkable and treasured.  I blogged about Brave Girls Camp HERE if you want to read about my experience.  I am beyond excited to see what Melody shares to inspire us all this week - you can access her challenge HERE!  If you are from a different planet and have never heard about her, you are going to LOVE her as much as I do!  Have a great week everyone.  Dig deep and Happy Documenting!