Mindful Stitching is a movement that uses hand stitching to quiet the mind. At least, that's how I understand it.
I've never been into meditation so I'm sure there is more to this movement but I decided to use a running stitch with 4 different variegated threads to cover a piece of mud cloth. Of course, I broke all the rules by listening to the radio while I was working instead of stitching in silence. I've never been a fan of "getting in touch with your inner self" but will confess to having my palm read a couple of times.
I have no idea what I will do with this cloth but I can tell you, the process was fun and fulfilling, and I'm all about process! (AND, I love hand stitching!)
Before all the leaves fall from the trees, I decided to collect some and try to preserve them for creating art. In order to do this, I coat them with gel medium and this seems to work to preserve them for using them as resists or stamps.
One of the things I've learned over the years is when a painting is horrible, keep working on it. Sometimes, your idea and palette doesn't mesh right away. But instead of giving up and throwing the panels out the window, there are several ways you can rescue it.
First of all, stop working on it for a day or two or even a week. Things look different when taking a break.
Secondly, you can always start from scratch and paint over the whole piece with white acrylic or gesso.
Thirdly, (which I used in this case) keep adding more paint and layers.
I worked on this piece for days and finally came out with something I loved. Whew!
Every year on the first Tuesday of September, artists all over the world participate in "Art Drop Day". I've been doing this for several years and this year, I will be "dropping" some artist books in Denver at cheesman Park and the Botanic gardens.
So matter where you live, keep your eye out for surprises along your walking route. I hope you all find some free art that brightens your day!
Carol Ann Waugh
I am a mixed media artist and love color and texture!