I woke up this morning knowing that I wanted to go to the studio and spend a good bit of time on the new rug. And I did.
New rug. New start.
A thrashing-around time. A sense that nothing's coming together yet.
I did a lot of "reverse hooking" today, taking out parts from my first attempt that I thought were far too garish. Then I re-hooked those parts in a more muted color and the result was...gray, gray, gray. Not really...but that's how it's "reading" to me. In short, it's way too muted now. So tomorrow I go back in there and reverse hook some more.
...Thrash, thrash, thrash...
That's how it is when something new is underway: very challenging.
Yet somehow, it was all good. The day was sunny (now there's a good start, after all the gloom, rain, and cold) and warmish, with a strong breeze. The light was great as it came in the studio windows. I opened the windows and the breeze flowed in and the trees were singing as they danced in the wind and I could hear kids shooting hoops in the park across the street. I listened to a dharma talk during the first hour and the work was very meditative.
I trust that I will figure this out, that this creative process will emerge into something intriguing. And I plan to enjoy every loop along the way.
Meanwhile, the ArtLounge got in touch to say another 15 people have signed up for next Thursday's class. I am thrilled and can't wait to meet them. What fun!
Last night I experimented more with the scratchboard tiles I was talking about in the last post. Unlike my previous attempt, this time I actually did manage to find both a gold underlay tile and a silver underlay tile. I had promised someone on Facebook that I would show her what those two looked like, so I did a quick tangle on each and set about taking a picture to upload. OMG--these tiles are so hard to photograph. The highly reflective gold and silver surfaces resulted in a lot of color distortion. In actuality, there is no color distortion on the tiles at all. Here they are:
Now having played a bit with the scratch board tiles, I realize that I am not that keen on using a stylus to tangle (even after I realized I could sharpen it in a regular pencil sharpener). And in the end, I prefer using gold or silver metallic pens on black tiles, rather than scratch board tiles. But they were fun to try, and I think kids would totally love using them.
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project