|I added strips of cut papers in a quilting pattern that I've always liked but never made.
|Ignore any fear of covering up something "better."
|Pick a point with an existing page and add new bits and pieces.
I had encouraged (guest) artist Kim to create a gratitude list of names of the people who had been present to/for/with her family during the murder trial for their (deceased) teenage son. In the middle of the horrific experience many people had come to sit in the courtroom and be an encouragement. In the middle of the tragedy, it is helpful (and healing) to identify and name grace present. Using letters to individually stamp the names is slow and tedious, but it also is in the tedium that it is possible to identify and experience the blessing that is present. On another day of waiting in the victim's room at the courthouse, she expressed a prayer for her (only surviving) son as he sat in the courtroom and listened to all the testimony. She drew around her hand in white crayon as an extension of her hand holding this son's hand. She used her deceased son's two favorite colors (red and purple) to express her feelings during the long day of waiting. After the verdict was rendered, she collaged the pieces onto an existing journal page for follow up reflection at a future time.
It is important to slow down and art-it-out following an experience of any spiritual or emotional or physical intensity. I often zoom on with the next project, event, activity without slowing down. Art is my reminder of the necessity to slow down. I don't think it matters what the art is; or even what the end product looks like. It is the journey of doing the art itself which is the point of healing and wholeness. I often don't do art when my spirit needs me to do art. And yet, every time I do bracket out the time and dump my heart onto a journal page I am so glad I invested the time in doing art. Each mark on the journal page brings healing. Here: too many children (and moms) are being held behind locked walls in so-called detention centers (jail) for immigrants seeking asylum from violence in their homelands. It is very much jail for families, and it is appalling to see so many children (250-300) behind locked walls.
|Simple mark-making with a mini stamp pad.
|The background is a "reject" practice page done by a friend's mother.
|A quick journaling; dumping out my experience of ministry inside a detention center.
|Ver-Actuar-Azucar (see, discern, act) is an easy process for reflection.
|Symbols: Peace sign & cross represent the two styles of earrings the women made.
|Screened in. Behind bars. Women & children in a detention center.
|Six tables with four chairs each for the women making jewelry.
It is incredibly delightful to do "random acts of art" with whatever art materials strike your fancy. I love the idea of sitting down & doing art from A to Z; from start to finish. But the reality is that I live an intensely fast-paced life maxed to overload. What joy to do wee bits of art whenever possible without worrying about A to Z.
I used a scrapbook punch tool to add layers on one page and I collaged a friend's piece of leftover practice art on another. Not scintillating, but something.
I love my Jane Girl stencils. I'm probably over using them. But then I'll just look back on this year and maybe call it "the year of the Jane Girl stencils".