The Benefits of Collage. . .
Glue sticks, colorful pens/markers, piles of magazines and baggies filled with imagery surrounding me.
Ahhh, therapy begins and it’s the most economic form of therapy.
There’s something about the process of collage, that soothes me and it appeals to the child in me; and getting into my inner child helps me move forward. It allows me take little nuggets of ideas and turn them into a visual tapestry. I can then transform my paper musings into something larger and tangible. Bottom line…it is a stress reliever and the simplicity of it, gives my mind a healthy break.
With calming music and a glass of wine, it’s one helleva dose of awesomeness!
Besides drawing, painting, and creating mixed media art, collage is often a primer for my art. I loved it as a kid and I’ve used it in business side by creating vision boards and using it to aid in my creative flow. It’s a visualization of what I want in my life. I’m amazed by what comes from scraps of colorful paper, magazine cutouts, pens and markers. I’m also flabbergasted by how these visuals become realized into my life. Not from just wishing for the things on those visions, but also the inspiration leads to action, step-by-step!
When I look back on some of my collage books and vision boards, it’s wonderful to see what has emerged…. two children, world travel, vacations, career, grand experiences and most of all the feelings of possibilities that have come to fruition. It keeps my day-to-day life grounded in creativity, vivid imagination and balance.
Collaging is such basic fun and it doesn’t require any special techniques or skills.
You can choose anyway to do them; choose a theme (like travel, getting images from travel magazines, or nature scenes) for example, lately I’ve been focused on textiles, languages and food to formulate ideas on a theme for paintings I want to work on and I’ve pulled images based on that. OR let your intuition guide you pick out imagery and words that speak to your inner self. Remember, they don’t have to make any sense to anyone but you!
Just sit and comb through magazines/catalogs and tear out one images that catches your eye, put the images on your wall, on a cork board or create your own book sampler of images. Every time you look at it, pay attention to how you feel and what it inspires in you.
You’ll be wonderfully amazed by such a simple process and how it can start you on the changes that you want for yourself!
From my passionate wild creative soul to yours, always in peace.