Touch drawing

Photo by Morag Donald

What is touch drawing?

Touch Drawing is a simple yet profound process. Paper is placed over wet paint. The pressure of fingertips on the page forms images on the underside.  The hands are extensions of the soul, moving in response to the sensations of the moment. Channels of expression open, enabling feelings to flow. A series of drawings is created, each a stepping stone deeper into the self.

This act of creation unleashes vibrant healing forces that guide the psyche toward wholeness. Even an unconfident artist can experience the fulfillment of seeing their interior life come alive on paper. Touch Drawing is used by artists, therapists, social workers, health care practitioners, educators and intuitive. Touch Drawing is a practice of creative, psychological and spiritual integration.

who created Touch drawing

Deborah discovered Touch Drawing in a moment of creative exploration. When touching a paper towel that had been placed on a freshly inked printing plate, the pressure formed marks on the underside. Lines were coming directly from her fingertips! In a state of ecstasy, primal images poured through her hands. Although the experience had the appearance of childlike play, under the surface something profound was happening. It felt as if she was receiving a gift from outside of time; a technique of creative expression that was aligned with the evolution of human consciousness. Deborah knew this process had a greater purpose than just her own personal use.

Deborah is the founder of  The Center for Touch Drawing, a networking point for the dissemination of the process into artistic, therapeutic, educational and spiritual practices. She is adjunct faculty at California Institute of Integral Studies and has served on the board of directors of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She is the author of  Drawing Out Your Soul,  The Touch Drawing Facilitator Workbookand creator of media to make the process accessible to all. Each summer since 1997, she has convened the Annual Touch Drawing Gathering, the deepest event of the year. See Deborah’s Curriculum Vitae.


51779231_2035741843387851_5382827905862598656_oPhoto by Morag Donald

Who does touch drawing in Northern Ireland

Morag  Donald based in rural Co. Fermanagh in Northern Ireland. Morag facilitates her touch drawing session in a welcoming, nurturing environment for creative expression using collage and art in various different media. In an atmosphere of respect, acceptance, and healing, you can feel free to journey within, bringing back treasure to share. Each workshop begins with time to pause and reflect, through guided visualization it truly is a journey of self-discovery.

I have attended a number of Morags touch drawing circles and I love them the reading she starts with really set the scene of what is to come the sound of the bowls and the drum really help me to focus I feel that I get more and more out of these circles every time I attend I do some drawing by myself at home but its never quite the same as going to the circle to peacefully be creative connect to your body and soul to express what you feel with words or unconsciously knowing what it is. I find touch drawing very beneficial to my art practice and for my training as an art therapist as you can reflect in the form of movement but have an image at the end.

This form of expressing yourself could be used with clients as well you just need to be able to move your body parts I wonder could it be done with our feet? (there is something for me to experiment with) that change in pressure the lines a movement can make the layering of colors the coloring of the images. The fact there is no art materials in your hand you are the art material you are the mark maker connected to the paper you are the pencil pen paint brush you can use your hand arms elbows it is quite open I could take away the saying “I can’t do art” “I got kicked out of art class”  the fact that you can not see what you are creating means there is an element of surprise every time you peel off your sheet to reveal your image.

I have found touch drawing a great way to help me work out my feelings and emotions that it is easier for me to work out what they are and move forward to work with these feeling its easier to out a word on them when you have an image of what they look like. In the future I would like to work with some touch drawing with clients but for now I am going to keep enjoying the experience for my self and adapting my training to becoming an art therapist and maybe one day I will have clients that I feel comfortable introducing this technique so maybe I will one day get the chance to attend one of  Deborahs training course.

Thank Deborah for creating touch drawing and Thank you Morag for introducing me to touch drawing.

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