I've been Playing with Scissors

I spent this morning playing with images and words; scissors and double sided tape.  It is really fun, in fact I only stopped because my tape ran out.  I was turned on to the idea from Jamie Ridler and made one huge board a few months ago.  She has a practice of making dreamboards on every full moon, (here's a great one of of hers.)  I haven't joined that party yet but I've still been itching to collage.  Today I couldn't stop at one. I made 4 boards, each a page in an old sketch book, picking pictures that evoked feelings and ideas that I desire.

Receptivity

Receptivity

The thing about the collage process that I find so curious is that it circumvents the wordy part of my brain and pulls more from my heart, placing images to create a gestalt.  Arranging images that I love, even though I'm not sure why I love them or why I just have to place a picture "just so."

Adventurous...Free

Adventurous...Free

I've been working through The Desire Map, sifting through feelings, trying to find which ones really make my heart sing.  I'm still in progress with them but these are what I'm sitting with for the time being,

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I used some of those feelings as a jumping off point as I sifted through the images I've been saving for months.  These two focused on Abundance.

Abundance

Abundance

I especially love the tea service, clipped from an article about travelling by luxury train...how abundant is that!  Or the chance to sit on top of Mauna Kea again and take in the sunset off the Hawaiian coast, or a passport that gets used regularly, or fresh tomatoes, or shortbread cookies that don't have to be gluten free, or an epic bouquet of dahlias.

All of those things make me feel very abundant.

And then this one seemed to draw images of abundance from a financial perspective, an abundance of opportunity that money affords.

Abundance

Abundance

Like a safari in South Africa or a trip to Budapest or a shower that might as well be a sanctuary.

I found that some of my pages tended towards being almost monochrome..and many of the pictures here held hues of gold and silver..interesting, no?

I've got a few more pages started, it's addictively satisfying, I highly recommend it.  In fact I might make a few more, now that I've got a brand new glue stick.