I hope to make a painting of this touch drawing soon. Many times this is how I start. I make a touch drawing first, then a painting follows.So, you may be wondering : What is touch drawing? In the words of the talented woman who created it – Debra Koff-Chapin:
“Touch Drawing is a simple yet profound process that allows the soul to speak through the hands. In touch drawing, the fingers take the place of pen or brush. Paper is placed over a freshly inked surface, and wherever it is touched, an imprint is made on the back side. Many drawings can be made in one session, each a stepping stone to the next, guiding one deeper and deeper into the self. Even those who believe they cannot draw find Touch drawing to be a powerful and fulfilling experience.”
In my own words, touch drawing is basically a monoprint- and the lines are drawn with fingernails or fingertips. What is so magical about the process is that because you are drawing directly with your hands, expressions are much more authentic. Emphasis is not placed on “getting things right” but expressing your inner world. I find the process to be very freeing. (as long as you check your inner critic at the door!) Because there is no erasing or reconfiguring, touch drawings can sometimes look rough or raw-but that is what I think is most beautiful about them.
I have started to colorize some of my touch drawings with pastel and paint. I will post some of those soon.