Collage seems to cross all barriers and is immediately accessible to young and old alike. There is an overflowing abundance of images that can be recycled into opulent, personal works of art.
All it involves is sitting down with a pile of old magazines and choosing images, textures and colors without thinking or judging. Anything that excites or intrigues you is then glued down in fresh and spontaneous ways.
When I sit down in my studio and start to flip through old magazines, I keep my mind relaxed and my eyes soft. My breath is deep and gentle as I look for anything that catches my eye. I don’t ask myself why I am drawn to images of the old wooden doors, a red bird, the carved bust of a king, a hot pink lotus flower. All I know is that I am delighted with what I find.
My fingers get sticky with glue and as I lay down the backgrounds and the collage begins to come together like the mysterious pieces of a puzzle. A black bird drops a seed into a pink flower. Eyes become clocks. A cathedral ceiling evokes the expanded state that I am in.
My collage unfolds with a force greater and more generous than I could ever plan for. The patterns and colors are instantly opulent and richly detailed. I find a warm red Celtic scroll, a verdigris fossil. I look for small finishing details, a wing from a bird, a ladybug, a church steeple. Finally it feels finished and I feel complete, more whole than when I began. I look up at the clock. Where has the last hour gone?
I put the collage up on the window ledge and I look at it throughout the day. Insights and ideas come to me as I do other things. I communicate with my collages and with the deeper, more mysterious parts of myself. The carved door feels like a possibility. The king’s imperial head feels like strength.
I suddenly have an answer to something I have been wondering about. I could act with new strength as easily as I could open up a door and walk through it.Yellow orchids seem to bloom and applaud my insight. My life suddenly feels more vivid and rich with possibilities.
The next time you pick up a magazine try looking at it with soft, relaxed eyes. What jumps out at you? Is it a word, a color, a shape? Cut it out, glue it down and then add more images. What does it tell you about yourself? What we notice provides clues to who we really are. There is a deeper, more true self within all of us that is always waiting to be discovered. Anyone can touch into their deeper feelings, insights and desires through spontaneous collage.
by Shelley Klammer
12 Week Course
(1 lesson per week)
This is a 12 week on-line course available from Shelley Klammer. We
will email you when your new lesson is available and you will be able to log in and read each lesson on-line or print as they become available. Your first lesson will be available immediately
after you enroll.
Spontaneous collage, free-form writing, and intuitive doodling, and drawing, are modalities of creative self-mirroring that will help you understand yourself more profoundly. Working spontaneously with found and self-created imagery bypasses your regular thinking mind, and reveals more of what your deeper self wants you to express in your life.
Expressive art employs the principle of synchronicity in that it can tell you exactly what you need to know for your growth in this moment. Creation without pre-planning often helps you to integrate repressed psychological patterns that are holding your back. Spontaneous art is often wider than words, and it can invite growth steps that you might not have been able to conceive of in your everyday mind.
This creative collage journaling course is accessible to everyone. No previous art experience or special talent is required. Collage art therapy provides a visual window to the daily mystery of your vast inner world. Your daily art journal becomes a daily showing up on the page with a most wondrous question, "Who am I today?"
"I cannot believe what an incredible gift you have given me through this e-course. You are just so gifted and a true healer. I am so ecstatic that you have given me this opportunity to heal and learn about myself through your course…." -H.C. Windsor, Ontario, Canada