Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)
This past Monday, I invited some creative companions to join me on a texture treasure hunt. We met at this really awesome place in our community called Leftovers, Etc, where you can fill an empty bag with found treasures, in order to keep our landfills a little less cluttered.
Just imagine several shelves filled with donated papers, gently used magazines, old calendars, postage stamps, fabric and ribbons, as well as plastic containers of various shapes and sizes and other interesting, discarded items that could become mark makers and texture in a mixed-media collage.
Three of us showed up, and I gave my friends an envelope with the definition of texture and a challenge. We enjoyed pointing out and sharing treasures as we filled our paper grocery bag. One friend gathered an armful of blue, patterned fabrics for a quilt project, costing her a mere $2.50.
The other friend found paper ephemera and other goodies. She shares the following reflection on her experience in her journal:
Imagine filling an empty bag with texture. What would you include?
Here are some photos of my texture hunt. I can’t wait to use and to experiment with the various finds.
Can you believe all that goodness fit into one bag?
Journal prompt: Texture is . . .
Challenge: Find one thing in your stash of art supplies or even something from your junk drawer that could add texture to your art or life.