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  • Writer's pictureCarol Wiebe

Inner Exploration Through Touch Drawing

Deborah Koff-Chapin was engaged in “revelatory play” when she discovered an approach to drawing which she dubbed “Touch Drawing.” That was in 1974. Since then, she has presented Touch Drawing at conferences and institutions all over the world. She began a Center for Touch Drawing, and also teaches at the Omega Institute.  You may recognize the title of her deck, Soul Cards 1 and Soul Cards 2. Visit her gallery, or see her in action, creating a Touch Drawing. If that is not enough, a DVD entitled Through the Veil, the Story of Touch Drawing shows Deborah creating several Touch Drawings.

Touch Drawing by Deborah Koff-Chapin. Used with permission.

This is how Deborah describes Touch Drawing:

Touch Drawing is a simple, direct and profound process. The technique involves moving the hands on a sheet of paper which has been placed over a smooth surface of oil paint. The resulting impressions are seen upon lifting the page. A multitude of images are born from within through the touch of the fingertips. What emerges is a visual journal of a deep inner process.

You can join her Touch Drawing Community and buy her Facilitator Workbook or Touch Drawing Handbook, Drawing Out Your Soul.

Whichever way you choose to engage with Deborah Koff-Chapin and the products she offers, you will be struck by her earnestness and commitment to being an instrument for spiritual growth:

Touch Drawing is so simple. Roll some paint onto a smooth surface, place a piece of paper on top, move your hands on the page and lift it off to see the completed drawing… How much can it take to teach it? If this was all there was, it would be just another crafty technique. But Touch Drawing is also an interior process; a state of openness to the Self that can take one through emotional transformation and deeper; into communion with the archetypal realm and the divine source.

Moontime. Touch Drawing by Deborah Koff-Chapin. Used with permission.

Intrigued? Does something in you respond to the directness and simplicity of this approach? Golden Open Acrylics can take the place of the oil paint. A plexiglass plate can be brayered with printing ink. Rice paper works as well as tissue paper. There are many options.

See where touch takes you.

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