What is Kumomi?
Kumomi™ is a creative process which combines the randomness of spontaneous painting with the control of mindful drawing as a meditative art form. You don’t need to be artistic to receive the benefits of Kumomi. The goal is not necessarily to create an art masterpiece but to enjoy the creative process, relax the body and open the mind. If you practice Kumomi regularly you will very likely see improvements in your mental, physical and emotional well being.
Kumomi is the combination of Japanese characters for “cloud” and “to see” so it essentially means “cloud gazing.”

Finding Meaning in Randomness
Imagine lying flat on your back on a freshly cut lawn on a warm spring day watching clouds drift slowly across the blue sky changing shape as they float by. You may see the shape of a duck, a heart, a boat or an angel. The Kumomi process brings the essence of cloud gazing combined color, line and music to invoke a merging of the senses for a mind expanding experience.

Why Kumomi?
I started developing this process first of all because I love the way colors interact with each other. I have been interested in popular meditative drawing techniques but a bit overwhelmed by the intricate patterns I needed to learn in order to create the drawings. Kumomi was created to combine the joyful aspect of color with mindful drawing to achieve a goal of relaxation and creative freedom.

The Art of Kumomi book is now available on Create Space and Amazon.


9 Responses to Kumomi

  1. Connie Ullery says:

    I’m so glad you gave us samples to view. They are wonderful and so colorful. I know you will enjoy teaching this and you will be very good at it.


  2. Linda Meza says:

    Looking forward to your class in Phoenix. Creating IS meditating for me, so when I read the description of your class, I knew it was for me.


  3. Beth says:

    Kumomi — Love having a word for this! I’m forever “seeing” little people, animals or pictures in the strangest of places: the textures of a rug, tree bark, splotches on the pavement, and of course, in the clouds. They feel like little whimsical gifts from the cosmos because for just a moment, they cause me to be IN the moment 🙂


  4. Bloomie Bloom says:

    I took Karen Elaine’s Kumomi workshop well over a year ago at AZ Art Supply Store on 16th and Indian School and I haven’t stopped since. It has lead me astray to 3-dimensional pieces as well and other added materials. I love it and so do most people i show my tiles to. I showed my pieces to a group of friends at a brunch…..They are now possibly interested in learning this technique too!

    Thank you for adding another positive attribute to my creative life.


    • Karen Elaine says:

      I am so glad you enjoyed it and are continuing to integrate Kumomi in your creativity! I would love to see what you are doing. I am teaching Kumomi at the Sedona Arts Center on May 24th and June 17. Spread the word! 🙂


  5. Linda Bloom says:

    I’ll pass the word along. Who knows, I may like to attend one of those workshops. I’ll send you some pics of my tiles. They are so much fun!


  6. Linda Bloom says:

    I’m not sure how to send you copies of my tiles etc. as I don’t do Facebook, twitter etc. Can you send me just your email address please or tell me how I can load my pics on your website?


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