Sanhill Crane Quartet

Sanhill Crane Quartet
OIl on 18x24 inch canvas

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Finding Yourself through Collage

From Finding Yourself through Collage: Introduction

As a creator of coloring books for adults, I thought it would be a great idea to use those pages now relegated to bookshelves, draws and closet floors to create collages. What great fun that would be! A collage journal. And what a great blog series to share with my readers. So I went through my coloring books, the ones I created, and selected an image to begin with. Then I chose papers to act as backgrounds and stickers and quilling paper and anything else I thought appropriate and started to work. My first collage (not in my life) for the series was Musical Fish. By the time I got to my fifth collage, Alice, I realized that it wasn’t just fun. It was inspiring; meditative; mind opening.

That’s when I changed the focus of my blog posts. At the end of each post about my latest collage I added a few sentences about what I derived from it. What was its meaning. Twenty-one collages later I had completed my journey into my psyche, sort of, and was ready to set it aside. I had developed a wonderful way to learn my own secrets and figure out some of the answers. I knew I had what was for me the best form of meditation. No more falling asleep ten minutes into it.
 No more frustration over getting nothing or little more than more confusion and ego imposed ideas. I was actually being honest with myself. I was being mindful in the moment with each tear of a piece of paper; with each stroke of a pen. Although I had a vision of what I wanted to create, while I was in the process of creating I was in the moment; moving step by step; never concerned with what comes next. That’s why, while I’m working on a project I have no sense of time; no need for food or drink. I’m simply there where ever there is.

A word about my collage journal. My journal is an 11” x 14” spiral-bound drawing pad. This is of course much larger than the average journal but it works best for me. I like using scrap book papers as my background, and they are usually 12” x 12”. There’s something freeing about having all that space to fill and there’s something daunting about it as well. Still, I feel the same way about using a Moleskin book. It’s really the process of creating something out of nothing that pulls me in captivating my creative nature and intimidating me on those occasions when I stop to think about what I’m doing. It’s probably best for me not to think about it.

Purchase the book for $21.95 in print from Create Space or Amazon. Amazon Prime customers get free shipping. The Kindle version is available for $4.99 from Amazon as well.