|Looks like a colorful summer is|
brewing in my spirit
Nothing works better to get it talking than images, colors, scissors, paints, glitter, glue and a good disposition. Images that "call" us are messages from our souls. The good old art of making a collage.
This way [below] of making a collage works for me, I am sure you have your own little pieces of wisdom and I would love to hear about in the comments. Here is my recipe:
|I do not know why I am attracted|
to this image and I don't care.
It "speaks" to me
2.- Pick on afternoon where you have a good mental disposition and some free time. Then go to a store that has lots of magazines. If they carry foreign ones all the better as things are seen differently in other cultures.
|Getting ready for action|
4.- Browse quickly through each of the magazines. Do not worry about details, just see which ones seem to have images that "give you energy".
|I want some of that|
There is no way to do this wrong, just whichever magazine seems to have the most images that nurture your spirit is to be put in a separate pile. The "keeper pile".
5.- Out of the keeper pile magazines select the ones you are most attracted to. You will know just by looking, something calls you, may seem strange to your verbal mind. Don't judge. Just pick the final three.
|Stickers, words, even magnets help!|
7.- Get ready and place the magazines on your biggest table. The floor also works well and opens the hips.
8.- With your sharp scissors, cut any image you like, do not worry about the reason why you like it. I sometimes rip out pages as a preliminary stage and set them aside.
Sometimes you may go back to one of the images and say to yourself: "really?" "that is not me"! If you did go back to it trust that it is for a reason. Cut it. Put it on the pile. You do not need to know what the reason is, all you need to know is that you are attracted to it.
|Fancy yourself the editor of a|
major magazine - You are!
10.-Now start playing as if you were the art director of a big magazine and were creating a collage for one of the main pages. Superpose that rose garden on top of that living room. Let that teapot cover the clock. Make that huge sunflower cover a border adding some much needed yellow on the upper right corner. Put that couple kissing in the center. Add some color with those cupcakes on the left. You get the idea. You will know what to do.
|Old Water Colors add character|
12.- Use mix media, if you have some old water colors you painted a while ago use them too! Get them out and "recycle" them. Bring your art into your art. For example, the collage on the right here uses an old water-color painting as background behind that delicious purple cake.
I usually love the collages so much that I hang them around the house to look at them. If you happen to do one, I would love to see it! feel free to post in flickr or twitpic and post a link on the comments.
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