So back in March, while I was in Napa for work, I attended a Mixed Media class. We experimented with creating lots of layers: collage with papers, paint, stencils, stamps, mark-making, etc. I didn't set out to create a finished piece. Rather, I wanted to create background papers that I could use one day. Our practice piece was created on posterboard. Our "finished" piece was created on canvas.
For my cards this month, I think I was subconsciously inspired by the busy-ness of the holidays. December is usually harried and stressful. In the past, my swaps will go on hiatus for the holidays and resume in the New Year. I was going to ask the card swap group if they wanted to skip December to focus on the holiday preparations. I for one, came to the realization that I needed to create cards this month. With all of the mayhem around me, I longed to set aside quiet time to create my cards. When I posed the option of taking a break to the group, they unanimously agreed that they too, wanted--no, needed--to create cards this month. I was so happy to hear this.
Each of us is really relishing the idea of creating our monthly mindfulness cards. I shared with them that I can't recall a time that I was more inspired. I look at our list of Mindfulness Prompts and swirls of ideas and images constantly pop into my head. I have so many ideas for cards I want to create. It is invigorating to feel this way. I only wish I had more time to create. As it is, work has been quite busy, and it really takes discipline to find the time to make my cards and to mail them out at the end of every month. But what joy this monthly exercise brings!
So, back to this month's creation. I took my "practice" background paper and immediately felt that it represented "chaos." Amid the chaos, I wanted to find a place of stillness. I illustrated this by suspending a cut out circle with the words "be still" by a piece of string. The circle can flip from front (chaos) to back (be still).
P.S. Since creating this card, I have run across two quotes that express a similar sentiment: "Find calm in the cacophony" and "Out of clutter, find simplicity~John Wheeler."