the earliest work of art i remember making was a simple collage. it involved bits of yarn, seashells, and some dry macaroni.
i recently started making collages again as part of my vein of gold coursework with julia cameron...
julia uses collage frequently in her teaching. i believe it to be a wonderful tool for getting out of your intellect and into your subconscious feelings.
if you are stuck in your head lately (hello, new year!) or simply want to illuminate an idea you've been pondering, i recommend giving yourself the gift of a quick collage.
it's easy, fun, and you'll end up with a powerful message or at least some eye candy for your workspace.
the important thing about this kind of work is to move quickly. it's not a scrapbook page...let go of perfectionism and just tear, cut, and glue with abandon.
- a couple of old magazines
- a small piece of poster board or a journal page
- turn on some music that inspires or transports you...instrumental if possible.
- set your timer for twenty minutes.
- decide on your intention for the collage...a word? a question? an idea?
- start the timer.
- rip and tear as many images as possible that you feel relate to your intention...don't overthink this, just work quickly.
- when the timer beeps, set it again for ten minutes.
- trim, arrange, and glue your images until the timer beeps again.
- step back and look at it. what do you see?
- hang it on your wall, file it away, or burn it and let it go.
i plan to collage my word soon.
do any of you use collage as a creative visioning tool?